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Ottawa, Harmony Foundation of Canada, 1990. 58pp, paper, $15.00, ISBN 0-929010-03-5.
Distributed by Harmony Foundation of Canada, P.O. Box 4016, Station C, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4P2. CIP

Grades 10 and up/Ages 15 and up
Reviewed by Peter Croskery.

Volume 19 Number 1
1991 January

The Harmony Foundation of Canada, the publisher of the manual, is a na­tional environmental education organi­zation. Community Workshops for the Environment was developed to assist individuals who possess an environ­mental interest to develop, organize and deliver an environment-based work­shop. The manual stresses a local focus: "Our hope is that by starting where you live, environmental concern can grow outward by doing as well as learning."

The manual is divided into three parts: "Getting Started," 'Topics" and "Community Projects." Part I focuses on the mechanics of setting up, adminis­tering and running a workshop. For prospective workshop leaders (on any topic), this section is well done and the strongest part of the manual. Part II deals with sample topics (water, hazardous waste, waste and energy) but encourages a local focus. Part III, "Community Projects," is short and mainly lists possible ideas that a workshop group might like to make happen in their community. It adds little to the manual.

A strength of Community Workshops for the Environment is that it doesn't attempt to give packaged lesson plans. Rather, it encourages a prospective workshop leader to deal with local environmental topics. The manual does present ideas and some reference sources; however, it is the mechanics of a workshop that get the strongest attention.

A minor criticism of the manual is the continual specific references to Harmony's other publication, Home and Family Guide: Practical Action for the Environment (Harmony Foundation of Canada, 1989). Without a copy of this text in hand, the reader will find the manual's effectiveness is somewhat weakened.

The manual concept is excellent and if the Harmony Foundation were to incorporate a leader training program with the manual, such as is done with the Project Wild educational program, environmental activity at the commu­nity level could really take off.

Peter Croskery, Grimsby, Ont.
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