Teaching Green: Integrating Environmental Justice Issues Across the Curriculum (new)
(90 minutes to all day)
This workshop has
replaced the Linking Thinking and Thirsty for
Change workshops that were previously offered. The Teaching
Green workshop has five modules:
Climate Justice, Food Security, Water Rights, Sustainable Resource Use, and Sustainable
Transportation. Please see
module descriptions below for further details. Choose one or more modules.
Available for K–12.
Climate Justice (90–120 minutes) Participants
will solidify their understanding of the climate change emergency and why it is
a difficult issue to deal with as educators. They will experience climate
change as a social justice issue, and come up with some possible solutions to
the climate crisis through critical thinking and inquiry-based learning using
metaphor. Teaching strategies with a solutions focus will be presented.
Food Security (60–75 minutes)
Participants will explore food security and food sovereignty
issues and their social justice impacts, locally and globally. They will take
an inventory of local food security issues, and then consider local food
security and and its cultural intersections. The final step will be to create
an action plan designed to ensure food security for the school community.
Sustainable Resource Use (75–90 minutes)
Participants explore the social equity,
economic and environmental impacts on our society of exploiting our natural
resources, the pros and cons of doing so, and critical thinking and
inquiry-based ways to come up with sustainable and regenerative solutions to
Sustainable Transportation (45–60 minutes)
Participants will examine how
transportation of goods and people has changed over time, and what the consequences
(unintended and otherwise) have been. They will explore the intersections
between transportation and social justice, and will experience creative design
and critical thinking activities.
Water Rights (75–90 minutes)
Focusing on the global water crisis through a social justice
lens, participants will explore the connections between water access/water
privatization issues, human rights and social justice. They will also explore,
through inquiry, how water resource conservation issues are relevant in the
classroom, the community, nationally, and globally.