Let's Talk Sustainability - Day 9 

secondlife-postcard.jpg Day 9 of Let's Talk Sustainability started with students doing research on the three topics they have chosen for their talk show. While the three main topics are global warming, food production, and waste and recycling, students have to narrow down each topic even further through their research. We also had a discussion about how different online sources yield different types of information.

Afterwards, students went to High Line Park (the first time for all of them) where they discussed the green design elements of the park and then paired up to interview at least two strangers while they were there. Students had to ask people why they were at the park, what they like about it, and what environmental issue(s) they care about and why. People said things like, "rising sea levels", "fracking", "global warming", and "pollution."

Let's Talk Sustainability - Day 8 

During day 8 of Let's Talk Sustainability Global Kids youth leaders began to work on a project guide to define the topic for the talk show they will produce in the fall. They wrote the reasons why the topic was important to them personally, and created a mindmap to start the process of further developing the chosen topic. Topics selected include Food Production, Waste and Recycling, and Global Warming. Later in the day they watched the documentary An Inconvenient Truth and discussed some of the things that most impact them in the movie.

This is the mindmap created by one of the groups:


In the afternoon, students went to see the set of "Virtually Speaking" where they started to think about their own design and practiced how to frame shots in close up, medium and long shots. The day ended by having them make a mockup of the set for their talk show. Some of them had great ideas, such as having chairs made of recycling materials for the audience or a table with a display of an oxygen and CO2 atom.

GK's game, Ayiti, Receiving Coverage in China 

AS our buddies in China, FifthWisdom, officially launch their localized version of our game Ayiti: The Cost of Life, we are excited to hear about press they have been receiving.

We can only hope it is good, as we don't know yet what they said.

And here they are at a conference:

Let's Talk Sustainability - Day Seven 

Students learned the importance of being able to clearly deliver information to an audience by having to form groups and test out an elevator pitch on climate justice, global warming and climate change in under two minutes. Global Kids Leader Nicholas describes his experience:

Today I had to present an Elevator Pitch along with two of my classmates. The topic of the pitch was climate justice, climate change, and global warming. Acting out the presentation was actually somewhat of a rush for me at first, but as I began everything just flowed naturally. The only downside of my groups presentation was the lack of eye contact which isn't such a bad overview, because we still managed to get a lot of information across. My role was the introduction which I think i performed just "Ok", due to lack of eye contact.

Students continued their research on climate change in order to better define the concept for themselves and to others. When asked about what new information they've learned, Jake responds with:

Let's Talk Sustainability - Day 6 

mnn.jpg Global Kids Youth leaders in Let’s Talk Sustainability spent most of their day today at Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), where they got a wonderful tour by two of their staff, Diana and Derrick, who help run the Youth Channel at MNN. The Youth Channel broadcasts 20 hours of programming a week, with shows produced by youth.

GK youth learned about public access television, toured the MNN facilities, and then practiced taping their own talk show! They chose several mock hosts and guests and practiced interviewing and public speaking skills. Back at GK headquarters, they discussed all of the roles that go into making a show. Since youth in LTS will be producing their own live talk shows in the virtual world of Second Life, being able to see all of the elements that go into producing and broadcasting a show was extremely helpful. Students were able to identify all of the elements, both behind-the-scenes, and audience-facing, that are part of a show.

Here is what Nicholas wrote about his experience at MNN:

Let's Talk Sustainability - Day 5 

LTS - Green Market visit

Second Week of Let's Talk Sustainability started with a brief discussion about carbon emissions. Then we all went for a guided tour of the green market at Union Square where Global Kids youth leaders learned about farming, green food practices, local food production and the effect on the environment, and many more interesting facts related to the green market. They even got to taste a green salad made right there, went for a walk around the stands, and listened to vendors talk about their production practices. A beekeeper explained the process of producing the honey he sells in the market.

Here's how
Mark describes his experience at the market:

NYC Haunts featured in The Huffington Post 


NYC Haunts, the location-based game developed by middle school students from MS 391 was featured in The Huffington Post on July 14, 2011. Jack Martin, Assistant Director for Public Programs/Lifelong Learning for Children, Teens and Families, The New York Public Library wrote the article.

NYC Haunts was a collaboration between Global Kids and The New York Public Library.

Read the entire article here:

The New York Public Library published an article in the Huffignton Post NYC Haunts: Bronx Teens Discover Their Neighborhood Through an Interactive Look at the Dead

Let's Talk Sustainability - Day Four 

Today students focused on the concept of climate justice, beginning with watching a TED Talk from Majora Carter of Sustainable South Bronx. The students discussed the idea of working from a grassroots approach as opposed to a 'top down' methodology and how the two could work together.

Tracie Mann from Climate Wise Women joined us to discuss environmental refugees and specifically the work being done by Ursula Rakova in Papua New Guinea. Ursula comes from the Carteret Islands which is predicted to be completely underwater by the year 2020.

She has taken on the task to move the over 2000 residents over to Bougainville - the mainland that could support the population. We discussed the politics of how a task would work and how this situation is bound to be an issue for many more places if action is not taken.

We then had a visit from designer Marco Antonio Castro who discussed green design with the students and showcased his idea for installing green roofs on buses in New York City and how it would benefit us.

Let's Talk Sustainability - Day Three 

human%20knot.jpg Youth in a human knot icebreaker.

Our third day of Let’s Talk Sustainability focused on food justice issues. Students watched a few videos about factory farming and genetically modified foods and discussed how those practices affect small farmers, their own communities, and sustainability. We connected this discussion to previous ones about biodiversity and climate change. One of our activities then had students plan out a healthy 2,000 calorie meal, which led to a very interesting discussion about food choices and inequities in the access to healthy food in different communities.

Later in the day, students went to City Hall to meet with guest speaker Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, policy advisor at the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. He spoke about PlaNYC 2030, New York City’s bold agenda to meet present and future challenges in building a greener city. Youth learned about how systems in the city work, including our water, sanitation, and transportation systems, and the practical ways that the city is making an effort to be more sustainable.

Let's Talk Sustainability Day Two 

During the second day of Let's Talk Sustainability, students became familiar with the concept of biodiversity and how important it is for our environment to preserve a rich eco system. After watching some inspiring videos explaining the concept from different perspectives, they created their own skits, PSA's or newscasts and presented them to the rest of participants.

Here are Maria's thoughts about what she learned today:

We all know that our planet Earth is enduring a horror called global warming. The way we are treating our earth, polluting the atmosphere, degrading the land and so on is causing the ozone layer to thicken. Since this is happening, more of the suns ultraviolet rays are remaining on Earth, warming it to the point that disasters are continuously occurring on our precious planet. Tsunamis, hurricanes and earthquakes such as the big one that occurred in Japan are happening because of the climate change. If the people on our planet do not change their ways so that we can prevent if not reverse this process, there will be no Earth including certain species and life for us to call our own. SAVE THE EARTH!!!! Recycle, switch to fluorescent bulbs, take public transportation or even walk to save the atmosphere.

See Maria's blog