August 2, 2017
We present another Closing the Environmental Literacy Gap webinar in collaboration with the World Watch Institute and Island Press. This webinar features contributors to WWI’s latest State of the World publication, “EarthEd – Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet“.
EarthEd addresses applying a systems approach to environmental learning at all levels of development, from preschool to professional. Its guidance can inform teachers, policy makers, school administrators, community leaders, parents and students alike. Its vision will inspire anyone who wants to prepare students not only for the storms ahead, but to become the next generation of sustainability leaders.
We also produced and archived two earlier webinars in the series.
- The Science, Business and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure, Building Resilience in a Changing World, with the National Council for Science and the Environment, scheduled for July 19th (see announcement below).
- Teaching Systems Thinking to Close the Climate Literacy Gap with the American Renewable Energy institute is archived; and
- Closing the Environmental Literacy Gap with The Nature Generation is also archived.
Through the Closing the Environmental Literacy Gap series, The Security and Sustainability Forum is aligned with other leading climate education organizations in emphasizing the need to accelerate systems thinking in education with the goals of training a climate-ready workforce, raising awareness of the impacts of climate change, understanding the interrelationships within and between natural and social systems, and exploring appropriate responses at the national, regional and local levels. Democracy depends on an informed citizenry and climate literacy will become increasingly important as climate impacts accelerate.
MEET THE PANEL
Erik Assadourian is a senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute and is directing State of the World 2017: EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet. He is author of the introductory chapter and the final chapter, “The Future of Education: A Glimpse from 2030.” Erik studies cultural change, consumerism, degrowth, ecological ethics, corporate responsibility, religion, and sustainable communities over the past 15 years.
Joslyn Rose Trivett manages environmental education and outreach for the Sustainability in Prisons Project. Her expertise in human development, anti-bias, and sociology have fed her inclusive, productive approach to environmental learning and action. She partners with incarcerated students and technicians, corrections staff, academics, and many partner organizations to create innovative, solutions-based programs
Melissa K. Nelson, Ph.D., (Anishinaabe/Métis [Turtle Mountain Chippewa]) is an ecologist, writer, and indigenous scholar-activist. She is an associate professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University and President of the Cultural Conservancy, an indigenous rights organization, which she has directed since 1993. Her first edited anthology Original Instructions – Indigenous Teachings For A Sustainable Future (2008), features three of her essays and focuses on the persistence of Traditional Ecological Knowledge by contemporary native communities.