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Environmental Justice in Dallas

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Follow a Dallas community's fight to receive federal Superfund status to clean up the damage from a high-polluting lead smelter in this video segment adapted from Earthkeeping: "Toxic Racism." Hear from a reporter from the National Law Journal who explains some of the health effects of lead exposure and how after a cursory cleanup of a lead smelter site in West Dallas, the community was ignored, despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control about elevated blood lead levels. Meet Luis Sepulveda, a community member who organized the West Dallas Coalition for Environmental Justice, which eventually succeeded in having the site win Superfund status.

Cyber-bullying

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Cyber-bullying is where one or more children targets another through technology such as the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to threaten, harass, or embarrass another child. Cyber-bullying goes beyond just bullying, because it can follow you home (e.g., through text or e-mail messages, blogs, social networking web site, etc.). You can stop cyber-bullying by not responding to any of it, saving the evidence, and reporting it.

Water Pressures | Get Involved in Your Water Future

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Water Pressures documents a partnership between desert villagers in water-scarce Rājasthān, India and students at Northwestern University, to talk about the present water crisis and the future of water around the world.

Can Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Help Fight Disease? | Above the Noise

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In the last couple of years, the mosquito species Aedes aegypti has garnered perhaps the most attention, at least in parts of the U.S. where it resides. It’s the one that can transmit a generous selection of very nasty diseases including Zika, yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya. In an effort to control these mosquito populations and reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, some scientists at the British company OXITEC have turned to genetic engineering. Host Myles Bess dives into the science and policy surrounding the use of genetically engineered mosquitoes to combat mosquito-borne diseases.

Food, Inc.: The Dollar Menu

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In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. In this clip, a family compares the cost of eating fast food to healthier options at the grocery store. Students should discuss the economics of the food industry and how the cost of foods affects their choices.

Waste Deep

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Enhance your health, science, and environmental studies curriculum with this video which features a landfill in South Jersey and examines the state of food waste in America today. Then, use the accompanying lesson plan, "Making Mountains Out of Landfills: Telling a Visual Story of Waste," to prepare students to visually track and document different kinds of trash in their community.

 

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Sidelined: Sports Concussions

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Find an explanation of what causes concussions and learn how computer software can assess damage due to a concussion. Also learn how neuroscientists use digital imaging to monitor long-term brain trauma. A QUEST video produced by KQED. An Educator Guide is included in support materials.

How Does a Computer Diagnose Cancer?

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Discover how strides in artificial intelligence assist doctors with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from May 12, 2015.

Environmental Justice: Opposing a Toxic Waste Landfill

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In this video segment, adapted from Earthkeeping: Toxic Racism, learn about the beginning of the environmental justice movement. Meet various experts and leaders who describe the issues of environmental racism and justice, and learn about the watershed event—the controversy over the location of a toxic landfill in Warren County, North Carolina—that brought the issues to national attention in the early 1980s. See footage of the residents protesting the transport of PCB-contaminated soil to their community, and hear about how the incident triggered further investigations into the relationship between communities of color and toxins.

Clean Water Systems in Mexico

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In this video segment adapted from Rx for Survival, learn about the importance of clean water and sanitation systems. Hear the story of how, in the early 1990s, Mexico's entry into a North American trade agreement was threatened by a cholera epidemic. Find out how the Mexican government rebuilt the water and sanitation system to stop the spread of the disease and how the investment in clean water helped the country win the trade agreement.

Will Allen, Urban Farmer | MacArthur Fellows Program

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In this interview, 2008 MacArthur Fellow Will Allen explains why future generations of farmers will be found in our ever-expanding cities. Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations. Growing Power, which Allen co-founded and directs, offers internships and workshops that engage youth in producing healthy foods for their communities. The organization also provides intensive, hands-on training to those who are interested in establishing similar farming initiatives. This resource is part of the MacArthur Fellows Program Collection.

Motorcycles for Health

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In most parts of the United States, transportation to high-quality medical care can be readily arranged. Unfortunately, the majority of people living in the world's poorest nations lack such access, and the lack of transportation can be dangerous. This video segment adapted from Rx for Survival describes the solution developed by the founders of Riders for Health to provide quick, reliable transportation to the people of the West African nation of The Gambia.

Teen Maps Contaminants from a Coal Plant

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Meet Marisol, a high school student from Little Village in Chicago in this video adapted from Earth Island Institute. Hear about how she volunteered within her community and found out about the toxins produced by the local coal-burning power plant. Learn about some of the health risks associated with such pollution, and observe how she helped create OurMap of Environmental Justice, an interactive online map that includes videos, facts, and descriptions of toxic pollutants in the community.

The Rise of Social Networking

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In this video segment from FRONTLINE: "Digital Nation," teens talk about why they use social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.

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