Promoting Sustainable Living
In light of looming environmental crises, what can individuals do to change direction? In this course we collectively examine our society to determine which cultural values support, and which inhibit, sustainability. Students develop and facilitate eco-kits tailored to youth for Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) and the Center For Earth Leadership (CERL), local non-profit organizations that empower individuals and organizations to transform culture toward a sustainable and enriching future. Students work with partners in local classrooms and/or green teams teaching sustainability concepts through hands-on activities.
Format: Class discussion centers on the first two books in the Northwest Earth Institute series, Voluntary Simplicity and Choices For Sustainable Living. Each student participates in class discussions, keeps a journal, visits a relevant community organization, and creates an eco-kit using NWEI materials.