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Resource Pointer #334 (Back to School: Readings for Tomorrow’s Activists)
For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World, 2002* Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson (editors). Collection of essays, photos, articles, cartoons, and poems from around the world illustrating the environmental and social problems linked with globalization. Addresses issues from Mexico’s maquiladoras to America’s fast food, colonialism to consumerism, sweatshop T-shirts to television. Intended as a teaching aid for grades 4-12. 394 pages. US$18.95. Contact Rethinking Schools Press, 1001 E. Keefe Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53212; phone (414) 964-9646; fax (414) 964 7220; email firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site http://www.rethinkingschools.org/.
*Maddie, 2002* Sylvia Tomlinson. Tells the tale of a 12-year old girl growing up on a family farm. When her father is confronted with problematic weeds, Maddie is determined to use meat goats to eat the weeds rather than the herbicides her father is considering. Appropriate for middle-school readers. 124 pages. US$12.95. Contact Redbud Publishing, P.O. Box 4402, Victoria, TX 77903; phone (361) 572-8898; fax (361) 572-8881; email email@example.com; Web site http://www.redbudpublishing.com/.
*Bhopal Gas Tragedy, 2002* Suroopa Mukherjee. Text and photos recount the industrial disaster in Bhopal, India where a Union Carbide pesticide factory leaked poisonous gas that killed 8,000 people within a few days and more than 20,000 since. Many others have been left with debilitating illnesses and injuries and a legacy of reproductive and developmental disorders that affect subsequent generations. Covers the environmental and health problems persisting in Bhopal, the history of pesticides, Union Carbide and government response to the tragedy, and the battle for justice for Bhopal survivors. Recommended for ages 14 years and above. 48 pages. US$3.50. Contact Tulika Publishers, 13 Prithvi Avenue, First Floor, Abhiramapuram, Chennai, 600 018 India; phone (44) 498-1639; fax (44) 461-1113; email firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site http://www.tulikabooks.com/.
*A Cafecito Story, 2001* Julia Alvarez. Chronicles the life of Joe, a Nebraskan native who watches his family’s farm overtaken by parking lots and strip malls and finds himself as part of a coffee cooperative in the Dominican Republic. Joe soon learns of the complexities facing Latin American coffee growers including environmental degradation, coffee as a trade commodity, and the destruction of the songbird habitat. Woodcuts by Belkis Ramírez illustrate Joe’s journey. Particularly appropriate for teens, though appreciated by all. 58 pages. US$8.95. Contact Chelsea Green Publishing Co., c/o Resolution Inc., P.O. Box 2284, South Burlington, VT 05407; phone (800) 639-4099; fax (802) 295-6444; Web site http://www.chelseagreen.com/.
*World Wildlife Fund’s Virtual House* Web site http://www.virtualhouse.org/. An interactive house invites users to explore its contents based on one of five categories related to biodiversity: forests for life, toxic chemicals, wildlife trade, endangered seas, and global warming. Clicking on objects provides trivia and advice for preserving biodiversity. Contact World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 1250 24th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037-1175; phone (202) 293-4800; email email@example.com; Web site http://www.worldwildlife.org.
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