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Classroom Activities for Teaching Public Policy in the Earth Sciences

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Writing and Walking, Pilgrimage and Process: Working with the Essays of Linda Hogan & Henry David Thoreau part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
By comparing and contrasting the essays of Hogan and Thoreau, students begin to develop a more complex understanding of their own identity and sense of place; the historical and cultural context around issues of sustainability and environmental ethics.

Recognizing the Impact of Dominant Culture Privilege part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
This sequence of five assignments, starting with the study of texts, has students taking a look at the concept of dominant culture privilege and then moving them out into their own world to analyze what they're seeing there.

Extending "The Land Ethic" and The Golden Rule to the Whole Biotic Community part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
A component of an Introduction to Ethics course involving research and reporting on a specific sustainability issue. The class presentation will help the student think about extending Leopold's "Land Ethic" and "The Golden Rule" to the whole biotic community.

Making Sustainable Business Decisions In Four Different Industries and Their Effect on People (Social), Planet (Environment), and Profit (Economics) part of SISL:Activities
The student will gain a better understanding of "Global Warming" and the "Triple Bottom Line" by viewing the first two videos. Further the CEO2 game will introduce many new ideas/options that specific industries have to select from in achieving their desired corporate/company goals.