Environmental Justice (Year Long Class) (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.


“Sometimes we just simply have to find a way. The moment we decide to fulfill something, we can do anything. And I’m sure that the moment we start behaving as if we were in an emergency, we can avoid climate and ecological catastrophe. Humans are very adaptable: we can still fix this. But the opportunity to do so will not last for long. We must start today. We have no more excuses.” -Greta Thunberg

This class is a deep dive into the complex history and current realities that people, creatures, organisms and plants of the earth are undergoing throughout the globe.  The state of the environment and the health of the earth is in crisis and there is much to learn about how we’ve (collectively as humans) impacted this interconnected life here on earth and what people are experiencing because of it globally. Each of us is or will be affected by the environmental crisis and some folks depending on race, class, nationality and location are impacted at faster rates.

From BP oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico to the Flint water crisis in Michigan we will cover topics such as: natural gas and fracking, oil consumption, chemical toxins in communities of color, food and farming crisis’s, Native people’s resistance around the world, climate chaos and much more.

The book that will guide this class is called, “A People’s Curriculum for the Earth.” by Bill Bigelow and Time Swinehart

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