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Missouri Green Schools Program

Earth Quest: A game of Environmental Literacy

earth quest gameboard

Environmental Quizzes

K-2 biodiversity quiz

Coloring Sheets

channel catfish coloring sheet

Green Holidays Calendar

Missouri Environmental Education News
February 2019

Table of Contents: Feature: Environmental Justice, Things to Look Out for in February, MEEA News, Grants, Contests and Awards, Conferences, Workshops, Jobs, Teaching and Learning: The Human Cost

1982 Warren County march against PCBs

Protestors led by Reverend Joseph Lowery march against a toxic waste dump in Warren County NC in 1982.

Environmental Justice

The Civil Rights movement revealed that discrimination against minorities wasn't just about denial of voting rights, legal protections, and economic opportunity. It also uncovered an outsize exposure of minorities to pollution and polluting activities. Several key events crystallized awareness of the issue in the United States.

In response to the growing awareness that minorities and low income communities were bearing an unfair share of the burden of hazardous waste produced in the U.S., President Clinton issued Executive Order 12898 on February 16, 1994: Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations. As defined by the EPA, Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. Fair treatment means that no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences of industrial, municipal, and commercial operations, or the execution of federal, state, local and tribal programs and policies.

The EPA is seeking proposals for its Environmental Justice Small Grants program, deadline March 8, 2019. It provides funds directly to community-based organizations to help underserved communities understand and address local environmetnal and public health issues. Underserved communities include minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations that may be disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks.


Things to Look for (or Look Out for) in February!

(check out all the green holidays)

What to Look for Right Now - MDC's list of What's Out There in February!


Coming Up in the Next Two Months

(These count for Environmental Educator Certification categories 1, 2 or 3. Visit the EE Certification page here)

EE Jobs details here


Teaching and Learning: The Human Cost

Environmental problems impact people as well as wildlife and natural resources. In this lesson students pair up and choose an image representing a particular environmental problem or event and explore its meaning by exchanging impressions of it, developing questions about it, researching it, and – individually – writing about it. As a class, students can compare their images and descriptions with each other to explore similarities and differences in the problems and events depicted to identify common social factors that account for what happens.

The Human Cost Lesson and The Human Cost Images
Grades: 9-12
Social Studies: various themes
Resources: internet access
Time: 90 minutes to 3 hours