Environment

United Nations Climate Change Conference


The Conference of Parties (COP) is a United Nations Climate Change Conference referred to as COP27. It is the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference. This Conference will take place in Sharm El-sheikh in Egypt. It is the largest Climate Change Conference in the world. It will take place from the Sunday 6th to Friday 18th of November 2022.

Climate Change hazards are happening all over the world, so we are all affected or have been victims or even our relatives, friends, or our country have suffered or are suffering in one way or the other from Climate issues. Our values, our environmental values have something to do with these changes.

Now we have an opportunity to reach out to the world through this conference. We need to pull the attention of the leaders, to turn towards us, get our ideas, see what we are going through and listen to our own part of the Climate story – even get our suggestions for possible solutions. This will encourage them to think of something positive to bring a change for the good of the humans and their possession.

Living Values Education activities are taking place in all the continents of the world, Educating Individuals on Human and environmental values.

We want the International body to support us in our activities during this COP27 to bring a change in the world. It is for this reason that as one family we should raise our voices, through short messages about the effects of Climate change and propose possible solutions to bring a positive change.


To support ALIVE Egypt to reach the COP27, we are calling on ALIVE members from the different countries and continent to write a short article on the climate change hazards relative to your country, your life and if possible, propose possible solutions to the problem caused by these changes. You can send your article by email to Patricia, who is coordinating this project, at: [email protected]

Please, we have limited time. Let's give ourselves from today to the 15th of October for the articles to reach this forum. It is going to be very helpful. It will be good if you send some pictures and videos that depict visible changes – floods, fires, migration of people, hunger, fear, etc.,

We look forward to designing some placards, carrying your information. We are going to carry out radio and television programs. They will also be sent through Facebook, YouTube, twitter, etc. and some selected articles will appear on the Living Values website. We can even organise watch parties if it is possible. All we want is that ALIVE participation to be felt and our suggestions should equally contribute to bring about Change.

This is the 27th Edition, the beginning of Living Values Education participation in COP around the issues of climate change. In the 28th Edition, we will be participating during the global preparation and surely prepare a significant presentation.

We thank you all for your understanding, and look forward to seeing your articles as soon as possible so we can start posting them.




Climate Change and Values

Reflect for a moment on the world your heart longs for...

How might the values of peace, love, respect, honesty, cooperation and freedom create a social fabric of harmony and change?

Climate Change is no longer coming, it is here now and the majority of the seven billion people on the planet are aware to varying degrees. Large numbers of people are in some way starting to experience the dynamic of a world fast disintegrating into a very real potential of global deprivation and terror for many.

Climate affects food production, extreme weather and temperature, the safety of homes, floods, fires and safe water supplies. These events result in mass migration, a reduction in sustainable living and the destruction of flora and fauna that support the biosphere. We, together with our children are at risk of a devastating future.

Einstein said that you cannot solve a problem from the same level of consciousness that created it. If this is true then we need to look not at a quick fix to each drama that unfolds, rather at the reason we have created this experience. Clearly, our collective Values need to be addressed and change the way we live our lives.

Embracing Values in our daily life directly impacts how we live on the planet. We could be the change we want to see in the world, with a goal to change the way we live and start to give our Earth and Her Oceans the opportunity to heal.

This book is dedicated to that objective – to bring awareness through engaging these carefully thought-out activities for children and adults to create understanding, affirm our Values and stimulate positive action in our daily lives before it is too late.


** In celebration of World Values Day 2022, we are offering you a FREE pdf download of the Climate Change and Values book. Simply click here. **






Simplicity and Caring for the Earth and Her Oceans Lessons


Please see: Unit Five: Simplicity and Caring for the Earth and Her Oceans in Living Values Education Activities for Young Adults, Book 1

Simplicity and Caring for the Earth and Her Oceans in the Living Values Education Activities for Young Adults, Book 1.

Each value is important, but the importance of simplicity and taking care of our Earth and her oceans at this point in time is paramount as human demands on the planet’s resources increase and global climate change imperils human existence.

Simplicity as a value is addressed in a few ways: enjoying the simplicity and beauty of nature, valuing the simplicity and wisdom of indigenous cultures, simplicity as a value that helps us create sustainable development and simplicity as a way to reduce our material demands on the planet.

The Caring for the Earth and Her Oceans lessons begin with an article by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, responding to the concerns of youth on climate change. The key provision of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, to try to keep the global temperature to rising only to 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial age, and definitely below 2 degrees Celsius, is used to branch into the variables creating the increase in temperature. Young adults are presented with specific scientific information about greenhouse gases, what is causing them, and the harmful effects of human actions on the ocean, rivers, animals, air and ground — and on human beings themselves. Students are encouraged to explore daily options to reduce their carbon footprint, reduce their use of plastics, to research an area of interest and do a service-learning project to benefit the environment. Please add your own ideas and help them do what is most needed in the local community. Please allow them to go with their interests, motivation and project ideas — allow them time to research, do projects and be constructively creative.

Paulo Barros contributed several activities to this unit for young adults. He has highlighted the importance of exploring the effects of not only man on the environment but how social prejudice, anti-values and injustice impact us all, and our Earth, a concept reinforced by the UN Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystems.

Enjoy doing the activities with the students. We will be happy to post news of your projects, poems and songs in our newsletter or on the international website.

Thank you for helping take care of our Earth and her oceans.

 

Simplicity and Caring for the Earth and Her Oceans Reflection Points

  • Simplicity is natural.
  • Simplicity is learning from the earth.
  • Simplicity is beautiful.
  • Simplicity is relaxing.
  • Simplicity is being natural.
  • Simplicity is staying in the present and not making things complicated.
  • Simplicity is learning from the wisdom of indigenous cultures.
  • Simplicity is giving patience, friendship, and encouragement.
  • Simplicity is appreciating the small things in life.
    • Simplicity is freedom from material desires and emotional desires— permission to simply “be.”  —Contributed by students at West Kidlington School
    • Simplicity is putting others first with kindness, openness, pure intentions — without expectations and conditions.  —Contributed by students at West Kidlington School
  • Simplicity avoids waste, teaches economy, avoids value clashes complicated by greed, fear, peer pressure, and a false sense of identity.
  • Simplicity is appreciating inner beauty and recognizing the value of all actors, even the poorest and worst off.
  • Simplicity helps create sustainable development.
  • ¨Simplicity teaches us economy — how to use our resources keeping future generations in mind.
  • Simplicity calls upon people to rethink their values. 
  • Simplicity asks whether we are being induced to purchase unnecessary products.  Psychological enticements create artificial needs.  Desires stimulated by wanting unnecessary things result in value clashes complicated by greed, fear, peer pressure, and a false sense of identity.  Once fulfillment of basic necessities allows for a comfortable lifestyle, extremes and excesses invite overindulgence and waste.
  • Simplicity helps decrease the gap between “the haves” and “the have nots” by demonstrating the logic of true economics: to earn, save, invest, and share the sacrifices and the prosperity so that there can be a better quality of life for all people regardless of where they were born.

Unit Five:  Simplicity and Caring for the Earth and Her 

Oceans

Reflection Points

Simplicity Lesson 1:     Simple Things

Simplicity Lesson 2:     Simply Being

Simplicity Lesson 3:     Learning from Indigenous Cultures

Simplicity Lesson 4:     Climate Change:  Let’s listen to the world’s young people

Relax/Focus:                 Sending Peace to the Earth Relaxation Exercise

Simplicity Lesson 5:     What is causing climate change?

Simplicity Lesson 6:     Decreasing Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Simplicity Lesson 7:     Deforestation and the Exchange between Trees and Humans

Simplicity Lesson 8:     Plastic, Toxic Gyres and the Effect on Marine Life

Story:                             Toxic Plastic Soup

Simplicity Lesson 9:     Nitrous Oxide Emissions and the Ocean’s Dead Zones

Story:                             We Can Make a Difference

Simplicity Lesson 10:  Methane Emissions and Diet

Story:                             An Organic Garden

Simplicity Lesson 11:  Reducing our Carbon Footprint

Simplicity Lesson 12:  Systems Thinking – One amazingly helpful thing to do . . .

Simplicity Lesson 13:  Choosing and Carrying Out an Ecological Project

Simplicity Lesson 14:  Messages from the Media

Simplicity Lesson 15:  More Ads

Simplicity Lesson 16:  Which Sustainable Development Goals are we making progress with?

Simplicity Lesson 17:  An Artistic Creation and Presentation for Our Earth and Her Oceans


Additional Lessons for Another Year

Simplicity Lesson 17:  The Simplicity of Nature

Simplicity Lesson 18:  Stories and Interviews

Simplicity Lesson 19:  Simplicity Skits

Simplicity Lesson 20:  Environmental History

Simplicity Lesson 21:  Sustainable Consumption

Simplicity Lesson 22:  Ethics and the Environment

Simplicity Lesson 23:  Greed versus Simplicity as We Use the Earth’s Resources

Simplicity Lesson 24:  One Amazingly Helpful Thing to Do — and its Contrast


Simplicity and Caring for the Earth and Her Oceans Activities in Subject Areas

  • Language/Literature
  • History/Social Studies
  • Science
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Art
  • Music
  • Home Economics
  • Physical Education/Dance

 

Activities for Children and Young Adults

 

Sustainable Development Goals

 

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

Living Green Values

These resources are dedicated to the Earth in honour of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.  Rio+20 is a reference to the 20 years that have passed since the first UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio in 1992.

 

Living Green Values Activities for Children and Young Adults  Rosa, David and the Tern - A storybook for three- to seven-year olds  The Green Values Club - A book for young people eight to eighteen!

 

Living Values Education leaders around the world are concerned about our Earth and her oceans.  We would like to offer educators, parents and youth facilitators around the world these Living Green Values materials with the hope that the stories and activities will be useful to you in educating children and young adults, families and communities to internalize the importance of living sustainable lives and caring for our planet.  May we all learn to live in harmony with nature and with respect and care for all.

Let’s spread the word about the need of our Earth and her oceans!

 

Beluga whale and baby