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Moral and Political Diversity in EE & NAEE

I am wondering about your thoughts on the moral and political diversity within EE and NAEE.

In the social sciences a recent Behavior and Brain Sciences article (linked below) describes:
"Psychologists have demonstrated the value of diversity – particularly diversity of viewpoints – for enhancing creativity, discovery, and problem solving. But one key type of viewpoint diversity is lacking in academic psychology in general and social psychology in particular: political diversity."

In general, it seems reasonable that we would welcome and encourage a good deal of moral/political diversity within NAEE and EE in general. However, It strikes me as reasonably objectionable to not want to cultivate, for example, a coalition of NAEE members that actively advance climate change denialist tactics, but if that kind of political diversity is bad, and political diversity is good in general - how do we deal with this?

Are there any current or historic measurements of moral / political diversity amongst NAEE members? (see e.g. YourMorals.org)

How can we expand moral and political diversity without wavering on values of scientific rigor and environmental health?

Is the psychology and socio-anthropology of moral/political belief a topic in the EE curriculum? should it be?

This is a great question. I would first say not everyone who is green minded is left or right, there may be a trend but its not fair to say there is a complete bias.
Having interviewed people that don't believe in climate change and who see it as a fear mongering ... well... they have a right to that opinion. I think though listening and open conversation we learn how this opinion was shaped and we can possibly introduce other points of views and facts.

Changing someone's mind or belief is a hard thing to do and maybe that's not point of including them in discussions. What if the point was to simply include them, knowing that we may not agree and its okay to not agree. Good conversations cannot be defined by all parties agreeing, but by all parties feeling heard.

Hi, everyone. Great discussion. From NAAEE's perspective, we are working to diversify our board, staff, and advisory council to strengthen our ability to create the change in society we hope to see. That means a diversity of race and ethnicity, geography, political leanings, and so on. Environmental education is not a partisan issue and we need all thinking at the table. We have people on our board who lean to the left and to the right, but all care about strengthening the organization so that we can accelerate environmental literacy and civic engagement. We need to have people who can help us build a stronger foundation with people from all political parties. There are so many times when we are trying to increase support for environmental education and need more non-partisan support. We are also continuing to work with corporations, including those that are working to integrate sustainability into their practices. We have fantastic people on our Advisory Council, Board, and staff, and who are working as moderators on eePRO. And we look forward to continuing to bring new people and new thinking to the field to help us all accomplish our goals for change.

Thanks for this information Judy! I am really glad to hear NAEE considers political / view point diversity as part of its overall commitment to diversity and inclusion. My primary interest in EE is actually developing educational materials and approaches to support students in understanding and engaging the psychological and sociocultural aspects of political diversity as a core skill within EE. I hope I can get more involved in this approach within NAEE :)