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A People's Curriculum for the Earth


Five years in the making, A People’s Curriculum for the Earth is a collection of articles, role plays, simulations, stories, poems, and graphics to help breathe life into teaching about the environmental crisis. The book features some of the best articles from Rethinking Schools magazine alongside classroom-friendly readings on climate change, energy, water, food, and pollution—as well as on people who are working to make things better. A People’s Curriculum for the Earth has the breadth and depth of Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World, one of the most popular books we’ve published.

At a time when it’s becoming increasingly obvious that life on Earth is at risk, here is a resource that helps students see what’s wrong and imagine solutions.

Praise for A People's Curriculum for the Earth

"To really confront the climate crisis, we need to think differently, build differently, and teach differently. A People’s Curriculum for the Earth is an educator’s toolkit for our times."

Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

"This volume is a marvelous example of justice in ALL facets of our lives—civil, social, educational, economic, and yes, environmental. Bravo to the Rethinking Schools team for pulling this collection together and making us think more holistically about what we mean when we talk about justice."

Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Bigelow and Swinehart have created a critical resource for today’s young people about humanity’s responsibility for the Earth. This book can engender the shift in perspective so needed at this point on the clock of the universe."

Gregory Smith, Professor of Education, Lewis & Clark College, co-author with David Sobel of Place- and Community-based Education in Schools

"This is the kind of book that can change the way young people look at everything."

Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance


A People's Curriculum for the Earth
Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis

edited by Bill Bigelow , Tim Swinehart

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2014 • ISBN 9780942961577
400 Pages

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