Teaching Climate Change at the Community College
Networks of support at PCC and beyond for instructors who teach climate change
Teaching climate change is hard, but support networks are available. See below lists of PCC faculty who teach climate change and can share insights; PCC campus supports; regional and national networks of faculty who teach climate change; and key voices in the international conversation about climate change pedagogy.
PCC instructors and staff who can provide advice and support
PCC campus supports
Networks (regional and national) for faculty teaching climate change
Climate change educators worth following
These educators are among the key voices in the conversation about how how to teach climate change across the curriculum in higher education.
Jennifer Atkinson, Associate Professor of environmental humanities at the University of Washington, Bothell. Her seminars on Eco-anxiety were some of the first of their kind on college campuses, and attracted national attention. Selected works:
- "Addressing climate grief makes you a badass, not a snowflake" Article in High Country News, May 2018
- Facing It: a podcast about love, loss, and the natural world A series of podcasts about the emotional burden of climate change, introducing "ways to move from despair to action by addressing the psychological roots of our unprecedented ecological loss."
- Website: drjenniferatkinson.com
Krista Hiser, Director, University of Hawaii Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum and Writing Professor, Kapi’olani Community College. Selected works:
- Worry and Hope: What College Students Know, Think, Feel, and Do about Climate Change Article reviewing the research about climate literacy of U.S.college students, and presenting results of a study at the University of Hawaii system, co-written by Matthew Lynch, 2021
- Field Notes: Teaching Climate Change in Higher Education Blog - "Interviews and musings, teaching to the issues of our times"
Elin Kelsey, a leading spokesperson, scholar and educator in the area of evidence-based hope. Selected works:
- Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis, 2020, Library ebook.
- Website: elinkelsey.org
Panu Pihkala, Scholar and writer, multidisciplinary environmental studies, University of Helsinki. Selected works:
- Eco-Anxiety and Environmental Education Academic article reviewing the literature related to eco-anxiety, and proposing strategies for educators to address their own difficult emotions and to develop emotional skills for their teaching.
- "A hopely adventure in tumultuous times: in good company with Panu Pihkala" Blog article by Krista Hiser
- Blog: Eco-anxiety and Hope
Sarah Jaquette Ray, Program leader of the Environmental Studies Program at Humboldt State University. Selected works:
- A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet, Library ebook, 2020
- Coming of Age at the End of the World: The Affective Arc of Undergraduate Environmental Studies Curricula Article in anthology Affective Ecocriticism : Emotion, Embodiment, Environment, 2018
- Website: sarahjaquetteray.com
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