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Resources from Roots 2:2
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Hard copy materials and resources
Oxfam (2005), The Coffee Chain Game: An activity on trade for ages 13 and above
BEBC, PO Box 1496, Parkstone, Dorset BH12 3YD, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1202 712933
Coffee companies make huge profits, while the farmers who grow the coffee beans make barely enough to live on. The Coffee Chain Game is a role-play activity that helps participants explore why the money made from coffee is so unevenly distributed. The activity takes between 30-50 minutes to play and can involve 10 – 20 participants. The resource pack includes:
Ehsan Masood (2005), The GM Debate – Who Decides? An analysis of decision-making about genetically modified crops in developing countries
Genetically modified crop plants are being developed and adopted around the world at a rapid pace. Yet the use of GM technology is agriculture is highly controversial and the debate tends to be polarized. This report presents
• A review of the literature and research on GM crops
It asks who has access to the people with the power to decide, who is being left out of the GM debate, and how is the media covering the GM controversy. This report offers a balanced view of the GM debate. However, it could have gone further and analysed the influence of finance on making decisions about GM technology.
Earthscan Publications, London. ISBN: 1-85383925-6. Price £16.99
Pretty argues that something is wrong with our agriculture and food systems. Despite great progress in increasing productivity in the last century, hundreds of millions of people remain hungry and malnourished. He asks whether it is time for the expansion of another sort of agriculture, founded on more ecological principles, and in harmony with people, their societies and cultures. His book takes readers on a journey through some of the communities and farms in both developing and industrialized countries where progress is being made. Their stories show what is possible on both the ecological and social fronts. Of particular relevance to educators is chapter seven which focuses on the need to develop social learning systems to increase ecological literacy. Pretty’s invites us to break down our barriers and participate in the next agricultural revolution.
The ‘Garance Voyageuse’ (Madder Journey) is one of those rare French magazines that uniquely deals with plants, local or exotic, looking at their biology or their ecology. Published four times a year, it is a very useful resource particularly for educators in botanic gardens. The text is clear with a glossary where necessary to explain the meaning of technical words
Strengthened by its remarkable black and white design, The ‘Garance Voyageuse’ comprises regular news articles, in depth articles, stories, useful references and websites. In brief, it contains everything you wanted to know about the world of plants!
Keeping up-to-date with environmental news and issues can be time-consuming and expensive. However, not to worry help is at hand, with several environmental news organizations providing free daily e-updates direct to your inbox! Once you sign up, these updates (either daily or weekly) provide you with an article title, a short description and a link. If you are interested in the topic, simply click on the link to read the full article. You can also share articles by emailing them to friends.
Their disadvantage is that they can clog up your inbox – especially if they come every day and you are on leave for two weeks. However, they do provide an instant connection to new information, findings, issues and solutions, helping to keep your messages current and relevant for your audiences.
Providing up to 40 news stories a day via their ‘World Environment News’ service, sponsored by Reuters’s, Planet Ark is a great way to stay in touch with global environmental issues, through well-written, concise articles and dramatic images. An Australian not-for-profit organization, founded by the tennis player Pat Cash and charity campaigner Jon Dee in 1991, it is now one of the world’s biggest online environmental news service with over 8 million visitors to their site a year. As well as daily updates, their site contains links to a vast back catalogue, covering topics from deforestation to animal rights, water to nuclear power, containing images and articles.
Planet Ark also runs campaigns on a wide variety of issues, such as tree planting, recycling and reducing junk mail, and has produced an environmental education kit for primary schools
ENN is similar to Planet Ark, with excellent daily updates, an image library and topic-led archives, but its website is also well-stocked with resources, commentary on current issues, news from not-for-profits and companies and links to Environmental News Radio and video.
A weekly news update, on a slightly different theme, Scidevnet provides news, views and information on science and technology in the developing world. Although stories are much more technical in nature, they give the background information in a clear way. The service is a great source of information on potential solutions to environmental issues, and addresses the strong ‘northern’ bias of most scientific communication resources. Dossiers on indigenous knowledge, climate change and GM crops are accessible and comprehensive, and a new section on biodiversity contains lots of useful statistics, background, information on hotspots and definitions of terms. Although most of the website is in English, some sections are in Spanish, Chinese, French and Portuguese.