Helping Students Advocate for the Earth
Sarah Fortner and Rob Baker, Wittenberg University
- Designing Courses around Issues: Includes resources for designing courses around issues important to your community and links to an example course, course design template, and reflection assignment tips.
- Political Activities for Your Course: Features starting-place activities that help students explore policy and environmental justice issues. These explore the complexity of communication, decision making, and groups marginalized by decision making. Also includes teaching tolerance resources.
- Advocacy Events: Includes examples of advocacy events and as well as a template for planning events as part of your course or across campus.
- Developing Talking Points: Considers how expertise or consensus documents may be translated alongside locally-relevant concerns to meet with or write letters to representatives.
- Strategies for Reaching New Audiences: Provides tips for writing Op-Eds, blogs, and using social media to reach diverse audiences.
- Political Talk is Important to Democracy (Essay): Reflects on the large number of independent voters and talking with others about issues as necessary political engagement.
Earth advocacy is a form of service learning that directly builds earth literacy and civic agency for undergraduates (NAS, 2016; Syzmanski et al., 2012).
AAC&U, 2008, Essential Learning Outcomes
American Geosciences Institute, Critical Needs for the Twenty-First Century: The Role of the Geosciences
EPA, 2014, Climate Adaptation Resources and Guidance
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2014, Fifth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2017, Service-Learning in Undergraduate Geosciences: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24621.
Southern Poverty Law Center, 2017, Teaching Tolerance: Educating for a Diverse Democracy
Syzmanki, D.W., Hadlock, C. and Zlotkowski, 2012, Using Public Sector Research Projects to Engage Undergraduates, CURQ, 19-26.