Teaching Environmental Justice


Teaching Environmental Justice

Practices to Engage Students and Build Community

9781789905052 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Sikina Jinnah, Professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Associate Director of the Center for Reimagining Leadership, Jessie Dubreuil, Associate Director for Learning, Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning, Jody Greene, Special Advisor to the CPEVC for Educational Equity and Academic Success, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Founding Director, Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning and Professor of Literature, Feminist Studies, and the History of Consciousness and Samara S. Foster, Managing Director, Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning, University of California, Santa Cruz, US
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 78990 505 2 Extent: 300 pp
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This ground-breaking book explores ways to integrate environmental justice modules into courses across a wide variety of disciplines. Recommending accessible, flexible, and evidence-based pedagogical approaches designed by a multidisciplinary team of scholars, it centers equity and justice in student learning and course design and presents a model for faculty development that can be communicated across disciplines.

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This ground-breaking book presents interdisciplinary educators with classroom tools and strategies to integrate environmental justice into their courses. Providing accessible, flexible, and evidence-based pedagogical approaches designed by a multidisciplinary team of scholars, it centers equity and justice in student learning and course design. It further presents a model for community-based faculty development that can communicate those pedagogical approaches across disciplines.

Key Features:
• Reflection on how to teach inclusively across disciplines, with a focus on community-based faculty development.
• Presentation of a blend of insights from diverse disciplines, including art, astronomy, ecology, economics, history, political science, and online education.
• A focus on how to stimulate student engagement to improve students’ empirical and conceptual understanding of environmental politics.
• Detailed instructions for both introductory and more advanced active learning assignments and classroom activities, including guidance on how to manage common challenges and adapt activities to specific learning environments, particularly online formats

Providing detailed instructions and reflections on teaching effectively and inclusively, Teaching Environmental Justice will be an invaluable resource for faculty and graduate students teaching modules in environmental justice in courses across disciplines. It will also be essential reading for researchers of teaching and learning seeking insight into cutting-edge classroom practices that center equity and justice in student learning.
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‘What an absolutely phenomenal resource! Jinnah, Dubreuil, Greene and Foster have pulled together an incredible and diverse collection of experiments, projects, practices, and reflections on teaching environmental justice. There is so much here to motivate, engage, and inspire students – and to address the injustices they face. I can’t wait to get it into the classroom.’
– David Schlosberg, University of Sydney, Australia

‘In this unique and eclectic collection, an esteemed team of scholars charts the pedagogical domain of environmental justice. Drawing on experience from multiple branches of the physical and social sciences, they give teachers theoretical and practical tools for engaging students in understanding and realizing a more just and sustainable world.’
– Paul G. Harris, Education University of Hong Kong

‘It is high time for this brilliant and innovative book that teaches us how to teach environmental justice creatively, collaboratively and across disciplines. Environmental justice is one of the most urgent matters of our times – and teaching is the most important and powerful tool we have to achieve it. The authors and collaborators provide us with an inspiring and invaluable repertoire of tools, projects, experiences and reflections to meet this challenge in the classroom and beyond.’
– Fariborz Zelli, Lund University, Sweden

Contributors: Chessa Adsit-Morris, Alero Akporiaye, Elizabeth Allison, Manisha Anantharaman, Kathryne J. Daniel, Sapana Doshi, Jessie Dubreuil, Robin Dunkin, Samara S. Foster, Kemi Fuentes-George, Jody Greene, Sikina Jinnah, Prakash Kashwan, Crystal Kolden, Kristy Kroeker, Flora Lu, Beth Rose Middleton Manning, Juan Moreno-Cruz, Kate O’Neill, Tracey Osborne, David Pellow, Ravi Rajan, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Sebastián Rubiano-Galvis, Pablo Suarez, Michael Tassio, Jennifer Lee Tucker, D.G. Webster

Foreword: Education for Transformation at the nexus of justice
and the environment xvi
Julian Agyeman
Introduction to Teaching Environmental Justice: Co-creating
a faculty development model 1
Sikina Jinnah, Jessie Dubreuil, Jody Greene and Samara S. Foster

1 Protest music: using music to challenge (environmental)
hegemony 15
Kemi Fuentes-George
2 Epochs of domination and liberation: expanding students’
understanding of human–environment relationships in the
service of environmental justice 34
David Pellow
3 Rethinking sustainable development practice: From
intervention to reparation 44
Manisha Anantharaman and Jennifer Lee Tucker
4 Climate justice: Fostering student public engagement 67
Prakash Kashwan
5 Teaching perspective in an unequal world: Negotiating
climate change within the UN system 81
Kate O’Neill and Sebastián Rubiano-Galvis
6 Should solar geoengineering be used to address climate
change? An ethics bowl-inspired approach 103
Sikina Jinnah and Juan Moreno-Cruz
7 Power in natural resource governance projects: Power
hierarchies in the negotiation of an international petroleum
contract 121
Alero Akporiaye and D. G. Webster
8 Relationships, respect, and reciprocity: Approaches to
learning and teaching about Indigenous cultural burning
and landscape stewardship 145
Beth Rose Middleton Manning
9 Harnessing humor for tough talks: Humanitarian
experiences addressing exclusion and climate risks 157
Pablo Suarez
10 Using contemplative practice to sustain equitable
environmental engagement 172
Elizabeth Allison
11 The Global Environmental Justice Observatory: Fostering
students’ knowledge production, professionalization and
belonging 190
Ravi Rajan and Flora Lu

12 Colonization of fire: Why biophysical sciences must teach
environmental justice 206
Crystal Kolden
13 How relational learning can disrupt the scientific cultural
status quo: Lessons from astronomy 214
Kathryne J. Daniel and Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz
14 Using socially engaged art to teach environmental and
social justice 220
Chessa Adsit-Morris
15 Teaching feminist economics to challenge the hidden
assumptions in economics 228
Juan Moreno-Cruz
16 Community-engaged research in the natural sciences:
Centering listening in the classroom 233
Kristy Kroeker
17 Teaching students how to get comfortable with the
uncomfortable feeling of not knowing 240
Robin Dunkin
18 How online teaching and learning can support the public
mission of research universities 248
Michael Tassio
19 Embodying social and environmental justice learning
through somatic and mindfulness practices 256
Sapana Doshi and Tracey Osborne

Index 268
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