The World Resources Annual Report 2010 is produced by the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global environmental think-tank that works with governments, companies, and NGO’s to build solutions to urgent environmental challenges. WRI’s stated mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. WRI’s work is organized around four key programmatic goals: Climate, Energy, Transport, Governance and Access, Markets and Enterprise, and People and Ecosystems. The 2010 Annual Report is an excellent document reporting out WRI’s progress on projects, financial accountability, success stories, and new initiatives. As with any annual report it serves to market the organization and inform their stakeholders and general public. There are many ways in which this document could be used as a teaching tool and learning resource for students. For example teachers could use the report to assign writing research projects on specific and current WRI projects that are listed in the report. The WRI projects are large and heavily financed endeavors that students can study using the internet that is rich with information, references and data on each of the specific topics. Students can also look around the WRI website that is full of information pertaining to project topics.
Type of Material:
The report is an excellent tool for team and or class projects. For example, students can research and report out about organizations in their community that are working to resolve environmental issues. It can also be used as a starter for students navigate further at the WRI website and dig down further into the work of the WRI. The website is rich content and detailed information that carries a Creative Commons license. Students have access to data sets (climate analysis tool, sector indicators, Green House Gas databases) and interactive tools, video presentations, stories, and tweets to follow. The depth and breath of WRI's environmental work is vast making it possible for teachers to develop curriculum around short or long term projects for students.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
Students will learn about the mission of WRI and become informed about the significant results they have achieved and how they operate globally with specific emphasis on China, India, and Brazil. Students will be introduced to global environmental problems and the many economic incentives WRI uses to arrive at practical solutions. The report lists WRI's partners that students can learn about the work that scientists, governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations and international organizations are doing worldwide to create positive change.
Target Student Population:
This reference material could be used in either an undergraduate or graduate level course in business, sustainability, marketing, ethics, international studies, and for course content in professional certification programs.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Familiarity with climate change, global warming and corporate social responsibility concepts.
Evaluation and Observation
WRI’s report gives learners the big picture of the environmental work that the organization is doing around the world. The project summaries, images, stories, and links give readers a realistic appreciation of the complexities and interdependence of working on a global scale to slow down and hopefully solve global warming.
A plethora of reports from authors spanning the globe shed light on global initiatives with regard to increasing climate quality, and raising citizen awareness in this area.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The topics and information presented in the report have the potential to make students think about environmental issues and what organizations are doing to save the planet. The report is a brief summary for the most part but the material is compelling and can be used effectively to start the conversation about the environment with students leading to more in-depth analysis and research.
The emphasis on "green" initiatives, combined with its commitment to work with governments, corporations, and policy makers make this site a very powerful vehicle to enact social change.
No audio files or films are included,although there is an abundance of charts and maps
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to navigate, presents credible material, and can appealing to different levels of interest. Visually the design quality is high, engaging, interactive and easy to use. Each report contains a small thumbnail next to it with a pictorial representation.
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