The First Native American U.S. Interior Secretary

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 24 May 2021 > In the News

New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland has become the first Native American to lead the Department of the Interior, which manages federal lands and natural resources, and includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Since 1824, the BIA has been in charge of federal services to the 574 federally recognised Native tribes and 1.9 million American Indians … Continue reading “The First Native American U.S. Interior Secretary”

A Free Poster for Earth Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 22 April 2021 > Webpicks

This Earth Day, 22 April, President Biden is hosting an online Leaders’ Summit on Climate ahead of the UN’s COP 26 Climate Change Conference that is supposed to take place in Glasgow in November. And he made the surprise pledge to cut the U.S.’s carbon emissions by half in the next decade, double the previous … Continue reading “A Free Poster for Earth Day”

Teen Convinces Florida District to Switch to Electric School Buses

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 22 March 2021 > In the News

A middle-school student from Florida used a science-fair project to convince the Miami-Dade School District to begin converting its fleet of school buses over to electric. Eighth-grader Holly Thorpe measured CO2 levels inside the diesel school buses and her alarming results convinced the district to make the switch. The yellow school bus is a classic … Continue reading “Teen Convinces Florida District to Switch to Electric School Buses”

Red Nose Day is Back!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 17 March 2021 > Celebrate

Since 1988, British charity Comic Relief has been encouraging people to don a clown’s red nose and “do something funny for money”.  Red Nose Day is back on Friday 19 March and this time, it’s plastic free! In 2019, for the last Red Nose Day, Comic Relief received hundreds of letters from children and schools … Continue reading “Red Nose Day is Back!”

Masked But Not Muted on World Children’s Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 20 November 2020 > Celebrate

19 November is Unicef’s annual World Children’s Day. This year, the UN organisation is highlighting how children have been impacted by the global pandemic. Although children are the group in society which is least affected by actual infection by Covid-19, many children are being negatively impacted by all the collateral affects. Loss of schooling and … Continue reading “Masked But Not Muted on World Children’s Day”

Greta Thunberg Donates Million Euro Prize

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 23 July 2020 > In the News

The 17-year-old founder of the School Strike for Climate movement has been awarded the inaugural Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity. And immediately announced that she would donate the one million euro prize money to environmental projects through her foundation. This is the first year the Portuguese philanthropic Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation awarded the Prize for Humanity, which … Continue reading “Greta Thunberg Donates Million Euro Prize”

Saving Nemo

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 25 May 2020 > Ready to Use

This A2 document aims at developing your students’ reading skills and autonomy, as well as guided writing skills. Its general theme is protecting the environment, and should prove of interest to most young people, all the more so as most of them will have seen the animated film Saving Nemo which gave its name to … Continue reading “Saving Nemo”

50 Years of Earth Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 22 April 2020 > Celebrate

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day marches to support the environmental movement. Like so many events in 2020, the marches and events planned to mark the anniversary on 22 April will have to become virtual. But these videos of 50 Voices for Earth Day, from age 8 to 80, from around … Continue reading “50 Years of Earth Day”

London National Park City

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 22 April 2020 >

London officially became the first National Park City in July 2019. This article from the London Council website works really well with Shine Bright Première File 2: London is my backyard . After working on reading comprehension, pupils can do a short written expression assignment. Axes du programme : Espace privé et espace public / Identité … Continue reading “London National Park City”

Chewing Gum and Doing Good

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 17 April 2020 > Ready to Use

How to take a pollution problem – discarded chewing gum – and turn it into a green resource by recycling it and using the result to make products like re-usable coffee cups. This A1+ document aims at developing your students’ reading skills and autonomy. Its general theme is protecting the environment, and should prove of … Continue reading “Chewing Gum and Doing Good”