EcoRise: Introduction to Environmental Justice

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Hours for Learning Activity:

3 learning hours

Date and Time:

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 5:30pm to Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 7:30pm

This event is for classroom teachers, grades 4 –12. Elementary school educators can join us for a workshop on April 24th by clicking here.

This is a two-day workshop. All participants must commit to both sessions.

Day 1: April 6, 2021 4:30pm–6:30pm CT
Day 2: April 7, 2021 4:30pm–6:30pm CT

Join EcoRise staff and experienced EcoRise educators for a dive into our Introduction to Environmental Justice (EJ) middle and high school curriculum. These multi-session lessons create a foundation for students' understanding of EJ history and concepts and explore how leadership, community action, and policy change can bring long-overdue justice. Students also explore how kindness, compassion, and empathy can contribute to repairing the damage caused by racist behaviors, policies, and systems, creating a better world for all.

This two-part workshop will focus on:

(1) The tools and skills necessary to cultivate the mindset and posture that is essential to effectively engaging students in environmental justice work.

(2) Lesson demos, exploration, discussion, and planning, including -

  • Key environmental justice topics at both the local and national level
  • A brief EJ Timeline
  • EcoRise's beautiful EJ Hero poster series
  • EJ solutions, through role-playing advocacy strategies, researching EJ policies, and practicing policy writing.