Let's Talk Sustainability

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:

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

Let's Talk Sustainability - Day One 

Today we successfully kicked off our Let's Talk Sustainability summer program here at Global Kids. The day began with various activities to allow students to familiarize themselves with the environmental jargon including matching games and bingo. Students researched forms of alternative energy sources and debated the pros and cons of each deciding that of the choices available, solar power seemed the most logical as it could benefit both those who live in rural and urban areas. In discussing the effectiveness of an environmental poster the youth made a point that it's important to ensure that people understand the connection between how our depleting natural resources can affect them in urban areas.

The afternoon portion brought the introduction of Second Life...

Students learned the basics of how to navigate within the virtual world and perform basic functions. While our time in Second Life was brief one of our participants, Kiarra, saw the potential for exciting times in SL ahead:

Let's Talk Sustainability 

We are excited to announce a new, upcoming program that will begin this July called Let's Talk Sustainability (LTS).

Let’s Talk Sustainability is an intensive youth development program that will support high school youth to develop expertise regarding sustainability, online broadcasting, and virtual world construction. Global Kids youth in New York City will combine this expertise to produce a talk show, featuring live interviews with scientists and other STEM-related professionals, pre-produced videos, and game show like activities. This talk show will be a virtual talk show, filmed before a live studio audience within the virtual world Second Life, and will be later archived with downloadable materials that will be made available for a broader audience and classrooms around the world.

LTS will introduce Global Kids youth to a broad range of concepts related to the topic of sustainability including energy, urbanization, pollution, biodiversity, global warming, and global health. The youth will select three subtopics that they will research and design an episode of their hour-long talk show to address each one. Each show will be designed to introduce their youth audience to what professionals are doing in these fields and showcase what youth can do today to live in a more sustainable world.

We were delighted to have news of our upcoming youth-led science-related talk show , Let's Talk Sustainability, covered by Betterverse, as well as our upcoming talk about it in Second Life promoted:

This Friday, June 10, I'm excited to announce that my old colleagues Barry Joseph and Daria Ng of Global Kids will be speaking about their latest virtual education project at the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life: Let's Talk Sustainability.

Let’s Talk Sustainability is "an intensive youth development program that will support high school youth to develop expertise regarding sustainability, online broadcasting, and virtual world construction." Global Kids youth in New York City will combine this expertise to produce a talk show, featuring live interviews with scientists and other STEM-related professionals, pre-produced videos, and game show like activities. This will be a virtual talk show, filmed before a live studio audience within Second Life that will be later archived with downloadable materials that will be made available for a broader audience and classrooms around the world.

In short, Let’s Talk Sustainability is a science-themed online talk show, by youth, for youth, filmed before a live studio audience. Sounds very exciting!

OLP covered on Columbia University's "School Stories" Blog 

An article by Daniel Johnson of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on private funding of digital learning pilot programs, highlights Global Kids upcoming Let's Talk Sustainability summer program and our recent collaboration with the NY Public Library NYC Haunts. Read the full article on the Graduate School of Journalism's "School Stories" Blog or below

Digital Learning Pilot Programs Attract Private Funding

Posted by Daniel Johnson on 10. May, 2011

Daria Ng is busy hammering out the curriculum for Let’s Talk Sustainability, a pilot program that will teach 15 students about ways to maintain the environment in just a few months. Yet, while the word “sustainability” may bring to mind images of flowers shinning in morning dew and sparkling freshwater lakes, students in this program will see sustainability in a different way – through flat screen monitors.