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How to Learn about the Environment through Gaming

Games:

  1. World Wildlife Foundation Games. Have fun while learning about the environment, air pollution. Meet the endangered animals of the world and how we can save them. http://wwf.panda.org/how_you_can_help/games/
  2. Save the Earth. Take this quiz and learn what you can do to save the planet and all its inhabitants. http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/earththebiography#tab-interactive

Educational Websites

  1. Word Wildlife Foundation: Explore this website to learn about earth’s wildlife and how human pollution is effecting their natural habitats. http://www.worldwildlife.org/home.html
  2. National Geographic Kids: A fun way to learn about the environment and how you can help protect it, watch videos, play games and explore the world around you. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/
  3. National Geographic Environment: A comprehensive website by The National Geographic Society that provides facts and tells stories about efforts to save the environment. http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/?source=NavEnvHome
  4. ICIMOD: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, based in Kathmandu, Nepal, is a learning and outreach center working with the people of the Hindu Kush-Himalaya Mountain Range. Learn about how climate change, global warming and pollution are affecting the Himalayas and what is being done to prevent it. http://www.icimod.org/index.php?page=44
  5. The Environmental Working Group: Learn about air pollution and how it affects our health and quality of life. http://www.ewg.org/environment
  6. United Nations Environment Program website covers climate change, pollution, global warming and the negative effects they are having on the earth. Reading articles and view photos from all over the world. http://www.unep.org/
  7. Discovery Channel Global Warming: Check out this interactive website and learn all about climate change by watching videos, reading articles, viewing slide shows, and more. http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/globalwarming/globalwarming.html
  8. Discovery News provides everything you need to keep you updated on the latest news about the Earth and the ongoing fight to preserve the environment. http://news.discovery.com/earth/
  9. Woods Hole Research Center: Learn key issues on climate change and how it is affecting the planet. http://www.whrc.org/resources/index.html”>http://www.whrc.org/resources/index.html
  10. Woods Hole Oceanographic Center: Learn how climate change and pollution are affecting the world’s oceans and what it being done to help. http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=7119
  11. World Health Organization: Learn how environmental pollution negatively affects the people’s health. http://www.who.int/topics/environmental_pollution/en/
  12. Animal Plant Endangered Species Link: Discover species at risk of vanishing and what you can do to preserve their habitats. http://animal.discovery.com/guides/endangered/endangered.html
  13. UNICEF Water Sanitation: Become informed on the issue of water sanitation and the devastating facts of the world’s water condition and what you can do to help. http://www.unicef.org/wash/index.html
  14. Doctors Without Borders: Inform yourself about all the natural disasters around the world and their links to climate change. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/allcontent.cfm?id=111
  15. World Watch Institute: Learn all about sustainability. http://www.worldwatch.org/
  16. Rainforest Action Network: This environmental organization focuses on preserving rainforests, often called “the world’s lungs.” http://ran.org/content/issues
  17. NASA: See climate change from space. http://climate.nasa.gov/

How To:

  1. How to make compost: Composting recycles vegetation, wood, paper and other biodegradable materials to add nutrients into depleted and unfertile soil. It’s a free and easy way to help improve the environment. http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html
  2. How to recycle used electronics: Electronics, like computers and cell phones, often contain toxic materials. Learn how to keep them out landfills. http://eartheasy.com/article_recycling_electronic_goods.htm
  3. Energy Efficient Light Bulbs: The light bulbs that most of us have used for decades have created a lot of heat and wasted a lot of energy. Learn about the alternatives from the Environmental Defense Fund: http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagid=608
  4. Earth 911 Recylco-pedia: A lot of the trash we generate can be reused if properly recycled. Here’s a list of products that you can start recycling at home. http://earth911.com/recycling/
  5. Natural Resources Conservation Service: Trees and plants are the foundation of life on earth. Learn how to plant a tree and help restore oxygen into the atmosphere. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/backyard/treeptg.html
  6. DIY Household Cleaners: Many of the soaps and cleaning agents we use are toxic to the environment, yet when we wash them down the drain they can end up in our rivers and oceans. Here’s how to make your own environmentally friendly cleaning supplies. http://www.thegreenguide.com/home-garden/cleaning/diy-cleaners
  7. Cut Your Use of Plastic: Plastics not only come from carbon dioxide generating petrochemicals. They last in the environment for thousands of years. Many of the plastics we use can be recycled. Here’s how: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/

Tutorials

  1. Learn about the ozone layer. Understanding the ozone layer is an important key in understanding climate change and global warming. Click the links below to get detailed and easy to understand lessons on what the ozone actually is so you can help protect the earth’s atmosphere. EUROPA: European Commission of the Environment: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ozone/index.htm or NASA: http://www.nas.nasa.gov/About/Education/Ozone/ozonelayer.html
  2. Learn how to prepare and grow an organic vegetable garden. Planting organic vegetables properly helps regenerate the soil and provides a healthy source of food. http://www.helpfulgardener.com/organic/2006/vegetable-garden.html
  3. Learn all about the Rainforest. The rainforest is an integral part of the earth’s ecosystem. Every day, more rainforest is cut down. Click the links below to learn about life in the rainforest and how you can protect it. http://www.rainforestalliance.org/resources.cfm?id=facts http://www.rainforestalliance.org/education.cfm?id=bromeliad_activity
  4. How to live greener. Learn how you can help save the environment in your daily life. Click below to learn how you can become a steward of the environment: http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/education/howtolive-greener

Comments

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Cleaning trash from the beach can save birds, fish and turtles. Credit: prilfish
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