I2 Links – Part 1

This page has links for internet activities that go with many I2 Coursebook units for Part 1.  Please ask your teacher for details and instructions. These links were updated January 2012.



  • CNN has a short video on vacations in different countries.


Junk Food Generation


Light Pollution

  • The website of the Astrolab has lots of information on astronomy as well as light pollution. The Astrolab, an educational facility focusing on astronomy, is in Mont-Mégantic Park about 250 km east of Montreal.  The largest astronomical observatory in eastern North America is located there.


African Elephants

  • WildlifeDirect is a wildlife protection organization started by the famous Kenyan scientist and conservationist Richard Leakey.  Go to “Categories” in the right-hand column and search “elephants” or “ivory.”  There are a lot of recent articles on the ivory trade.
  • At the National Geographic website, pick “Animals” from the list and then find African Elephant in the Site Map.  There will be a description of this large mammal and additional links.  From the Site Index page you can also search “Ivory” for updates on the ivory trade or ban.
  • At the CITES website, go to “What is CITES?”  You will remember from your classwork that the original ban on trade in ivory started with CITES in 1989.  There is a lot of information on endangered species here, including the African Elephant.



  • Here is a website with quotations about friendship.


The Necessities of Life

  • There is a lot of information available about the global food and water crises!
  • For water issues, find “water facts” etc. (under “water crisis”) at Water.org.   The UNESCO website has general information on global water issues.  If you go to Oxfam Canada, you will find articles on the global water crisis. You will also find that Youtube has various videos on this topic.
  • For the global food crisis, you will find articles on this topic at Oxfam Canada. At Youtube, there are videos on the global food crisis.  There is also 3-minute video at National Geographic, called “World Food in Crisis” (May 22, 2008).



  • For information about fair trade coffee in Canada, plus questions and answers about fair trade, check CBC News.
  • An organization called Coffeebean has basic information on, and the aim of, fair trade.  There is also a history of coffee.
  • For an American response to the coffee trade crisis, check out the Globalexchange website.
  • Finally, Youtube has some interesting videos on fair trade coffee.  For a quick overview of fair trade coffee basics, watch the short video from WatchMojo.
  • The Globaleye website has an interactive page focusing on coffee trade statistics and the coffee trade issue in general.

Prepared by Don Musbach

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