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Teaching at the intersection of diversity, social justice, and ecojustice

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Brown bag talk presented at Central Connecticut State University on Nov 11, 2013

Brown bag talk presented at Central Connecticut State University on Nov 11, 2013

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  • 1. Brown Bag Talk: Teaching at the Intersection of Diversity, Social Justice, and Ecojustice Kurt Love, Ph.D. Central Connecticut State University 11/13/13 Marcus White Living Room
  • 2. Eco-racism Eco-racism - the relationship between poor environmental conditions and peoples of color and lower socioeconomic classes disproportionately living in those conditions. Peoples of third-world nations Environmental conditions of poor neighborhoods in cities (Kozol, 1991, 2005)
  • 3. European Colonizers & American Indians Clash of two peoples with two different “ecological selves” European Colonizers: Nature for profit, land ownership, enclosure, capitalist mindset/values American Indians: Nurturance, reciprocity, sustainable mindset/ values Genocide: From up to 18 million in 1490’s to 190,000 in 1890, up to 200 million Indians died in the Americas Land Domination
  • 4. European Colonizers & West Africans Clash of two peoples with two different “ecological selves” European Colonizers: Nature for profit, land ownership, enclosure, capitalist mindset/values West Africans: Nurturance, reciprocity, sustainable mindset/values Slavery: About 12 million captured and shipped to the Americas, 645,000 brought to the U.S., nearly 4 million slaves in the 1860 census Domination for profit via capitalism
  • 5. Christians & Earth-Based Spiritualities Movement out of nature and into “Human” as separate from nature Nature is where Satan resides Technology is Godly & righteous Christian missionaries with indigenous peoples globally, views on nudity Killing of at least tens of thousands of “witches” from 1400s-1600s Continued persecution of paganism, neopaganism, and Wicca
  • 6. Shift Away From Valuing Nature Joseph Campbell stated that we can see the movements of a society based on the highest buildings in an area.
  • 7. Shift Away FromValuing Nature Gods and Goddesses communicate through the actions of nature in the forests Gods and Goddesses communicate through the actions of nature and in growth/ harvest of crops God (no Goddess) & salvation are found only through Jesus. The Devil resides in nature.
  • 8. Shift Away FromValuing Nature
  • 9. Shift Away FromValuing Nature Transcontinental corporations heavily influence governments and national policies through trade agreements creating the greatest negative impact on the global environment Government provides policies of morality aimed solely at rights of humans
  • 10. Shift Away FromValuing Nature
  • 11. Aloha & Haole Aloha “Together, we breathe the sacred breath” A consciousness that we are inescapably interwoven with each other and the earth. What we do to each other and the earth, we do to ourselves.
  • 12. Aloha & Haole Haole “One who is without sacred breath” A consciousness that does not include an awareness that we are inescapably interwoven with each other and the earth. A consciousness only of self and an ignorance of one’s energetic and spiritual impact. Often comes with little or no understanding of spirituality or the purpose of one’s soul (soul loss).
  • 13. A Vision
  • 14. ECOJUSTICE PEDAGOGY
  • 15. Disrupting a Mindset of Anthropocentrism Thick Description includes: Questioning “root metaphors” in language Questioning human domination over nature practices Exposing “technology as our ecology” in curriculum Analyzing history through an anti-anthropocentric lens
  • 16. Ecojustice Teaching Methods Exploring the intersections of cultural value system and ecology 1. Teacher-as-Mediator Aiming for thick description (relationships and tensions) 2. Investigating Mindsets Disrupting anthropocentric thinking and language 3. Commons-Based Learning Using the cultural commons as placebased learning experiences 4. Ecological Selves Deconstructing our technological/ ecological selves
  • 17. Ecojustice Teaching Methods Exploring the intersections of cultural value system and ecology 5. Sustainable Feast Making dishes with foods that are in season and from within 100 miles away 6. Community Mapping Investigating the surroundings of an area including its buildings, natural areas, types of land usage 7. Earth-Walking Knowing the mythological and practical significances of the natural area

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