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  • What are the common plants growing in your area? For help identifying species, you can consult an on-line field guide.
  • Are the plants affected at all by human or animal activity? How? Is the effect positive or negative?
  • Are there non-native species of plants that humans have brought to your community? Are these plants helping or harming your localenvironment?
  • Learn more about the impact of non-native plant species. Get information on invasive species in your community.
  • Are there any rare, threatened, or endangered plant species living in your area?
  • Are plants used as medicines? If so, which ones?


  • What are the common animals found in your neighborhood? Make separate lists for birds, reptiles, insects, amphibians, mammals,and fish. For help identifying species, you can consult an on-line field guide.
  • How do the animals and humans in your community interact? Is the interaction positive or negative? In what way?
  • Do you have animals living with you at home? What kinds? Are they pets or are they involved in a family business (farming)?
  • Are there any rare, threatened, or endangered animal species living in your community?
  • Is there a high or low diversity of animal species in your area?
  • Do you have a humane society, shelter, wildlife rehabilitation site, or other animal welfare organization in your area? How does itoperate?

Human community

  • What do you like most about living in your community?
  • What do you like least?
  • What, in your opinion, are the top 5 problems for the people in your community?
  • Do any of these problems concern the relationship between humans and the plants, animals, and environment in your community?
  • What are your biggest hopes for your community?
  • Are there any groups of people in your community who have a difficult time living? What are some of the reasons for these difficulties?
  • What examples can you find in your community of people helping people? These can be very small-scale (one person helping a neighbor,for example) or involve larger organizations.


There are several reasons for hope, some of which are listed below: (Online only)

Lessons for Hope

Dr. Jane Goodall has been known for her pioneering research with chimpanzees. Now, in order to save them - and the quality oflife on our planet for people, animals, and the environment - she travels the world 300 days a year, spreading the message of hope. Her book, Reason forHope, is a testament to human generosity in the face of environmental degradation. Her new work, Lessons for Hope, translates her message into apractical guide for teachers and students of all ages.

Environmental Education Resources

Provides access to education literature and resources - lessons, journals, organizations, conferences and more.

Environmental Storyteller With deep laughter, magical visions, intensity, warmth, mischief and love, this storyteller hasenchanted tens of thousands of listeners with Earth Mother Stories - Tales of Earth Stewardship&Stories of Human Fellowship - stories for children, for teens and young adults, for families, and for adultaudiences.

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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