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. How do we learn through inclusion?
- 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.