Explores the problem of garbage and how humans have dealt with it from prehistory to modern times. Topics include how archaeologists study ancient garbage; the growth of consumer culture and disposability; food waste; the environmental effects of garbage; "problem" garbage like electronic and toxic waste; sewage and dead bodies; and garbage in the oceans and in space. Sidebars highlight people and organizations around the world who are making efforts to reduce or reuse waste.
What happens to the bodies of animals and humans after death? Nature’s army of death eaters steps in to take care of clean up. Without these masters of decomposition, our planet would be covered in rotting bodies. This high-interest science text dives into the science behind how bodies decompose.
Ixchel wants to follow the long tradition of weaving that most Mayan women have done for over 2000 years. Ixchel first tries weaving with grass, and then with bits of wool, but is unhappy with the results. Wallking around her village, she finds it littered with plastic bags. Suddenly, she has an idea! She collects, washes and cuts each bag into thin strips. Ixchel weaves the plastic into a colorful fabric that looks like a beautiful rainbow—just like the weavings of Mayan women before her.
Millions of tons of plastic slip into oceans every year. Some floats and travels slowly with the currents, endangering the health of marine animals. The rest is hardly visible but is far more dangerous. Tiny bits of plastic sprinkle the ocean's surface or mix into the sandy seafloor and beaches. It ends up inside birds, fish, and other animals, harming them-and ultimately humans. Experts struggle with fear and hope as they work to stop the flood of plastic threatening living organisms ...
Kids Take Action Against Ocean Plastic
Despite the vastness of Earth’s oceans, plastic pollutants are turning up everywhere, from the deep sea to the Arctic ice pack. In this short film from filmmaker Chris Hanson, 17 Hawaiian students study the impact of plastic pollution on their local beaches.The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not…
Highlighting issues such as the dangers of recycling toxic or hazardous waste, the potential of blackwater treatment and the use of new sustainable building materials.
Nineteen poems in a variety of verse forms with accompanying science notes take readers on a decomposer safari through the “brown food web,” from bacteria through tardigrades and on to rove beetle predators. Glossary, hands-on investigations, and resources are included in the back matter." -- Suggested for grades 2 to 7
Decomposition may seem like the last stop on the food chain, but it’s just the beginning. When dead plants and animals decay, they give life to a host of other creatures, and each one helps ecosystems thrive. Decomposition happens in the forest, the ocean—even in your stomach and between your teeth! From vultures and sharks to bacteria, maggots, mushrooms, and more, discover the dirty rotten truth about one of nature’s most fascinating processes.
Potential beyond imagining
Reviewing children's and young adult fiction & nonfiction books. Connecting classroom teaching ideas to inspirational resources.
When Tyree Guyton returned to his home on Heidelburg Street in detroit, he found it awash in garbage with abandoned building attracting troublemakers. Using his art, Tyree transformed everyday junk into magic trash and started the transformation of the neighborhood.
Some artists believe anything can be art - even trash! Junk sculpture is a new, complex mode of art that combines the wastefulness of modern living with finding beauty in what others consider ugly. Readers learn how artists create such pieces and are asked to consider whether junk sculpture can be called art in the same way a painting or drawing is.
Trash - University of Calgary
In an unnamed Third-World country, in the not-so-distant future, three "dumpsite boys" make a living picking through the garbage on the outskirts of a large city. One day Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious.;Suggested for grades 6 to 9.
This environmental book will teach keen young ecologists about our actions affect planet Earth. Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes. Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there's a floating mass of rubbish larger than the USA drifting around the Pacific Ocean? It's not all bad news though. As well as explaining where we're going wrong, What a Waste shows what we're doing right!
Raises awareness of how much plastic we use every day, and why that matters. Rather than focusing on the negative, the book takes a positive, proactive approach empowering children with ideas for what they can do about it. It has strong curriculum ties in science, including environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship. It also offers terrific character education lessons in responsibility, citizenship and initiative.