Wallerstein Collaborative For Urban Environmental Education

Department of Teaching and Learning


 JHUMKI BASU STEME Education Weekend, May 30-31

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Climate Change and Environmental Education: Framing Perspectives Workshop


Purpose: To generate ideas that will be used to help the field of environmental education (EE) and EE practitioners better address the social and environmental changes posed by climate change through a one-day workshop.

Goals: The workshop has both professional development and related research goals. It is an opportunity for professionals engaged in EE youth and community development, resource management, and related fields to learn how researchers, practitioners, and leaders are thinking about climate change and EE, as well as to share their practices and learn from each other. The workshop is also part of an ongoing research project at the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab to understand how environmental educators and related environmental professionals are adapting their programs to address climate related disturbances (e.g., hurricanes, flooding) and climate change more broadly.

Background: Environmental education is a field that has constantly evolved in response to social and environmental changes. For example, after the Dustbowl in the US, what had been largely a focus on nature study was expanded to encompass conservation education, which addressed issues related to soils, tree planting, and erosion; and in response to concerns about pollution in the early 1960s, EE adopted a problem solving approach. Today, the field of EE is faced with the social and environmental changes brought about by climate change and has developed climate change curricula. However, due to the magnitude of its impacts, climate change presents more fundamental questions about the role of a field that focuses first and foremost on changes in individual behaviors. 

Facilitators: Judy Braus, Executive Director, NAAEE and Anne Umali Ferguson, National Coordinator, EECapacity

Presenters and Panelists:

Marianne Krasny
, Professor, Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab 

Bryce DuBois, PhD candidate, CUNY

Keya Chatterjee,Senior Director for Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach, World Wildlife Fund

John Fraser, President, New Knowledge Organization

Caroline Lewis, Founder and Executive Director, The Climate Leadership Engagement Opportunities Institute

Billy Spitzer, Vice President, Programs, Exhibits, and Planning, New England Aquarium

Registration is required – register nowSpace is limited, so first come, first served. Lunch is provided.

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