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Teaching Hope in the Anthropocene

Professor Stephen Hill (School of the Environment)

In my talk, I consider the responsibility that environmental educators have in teaching about global environmental crises such as climate change. I argue that our conventional methods of environmental teaching increase the potential for students to be susceptible to eco-anxiety, grief, outrage and even hopelessness. As a response to these risks, I argue that educators should teach solutions whenever they can, to localize solutions and give opportunity for real-world learning, and to partner with community “doers.” I highlight some models and research at Trent of how community-based education can facilitate more hopeful student learning.