What might you do with what you have learned by reading, thinking, and writing in the course Writing in an Endangered World?
Sunday November 19: Complete one-page Project description and plan and send to Mark by email
Sunday December 17: Final opportunity to submit complete project
Explore and/or Advocate for Values and Principles
How to foster a sustainable future? Earth Charter
Sustainable Play People, Planet, Play
Become an Environmental Journalist
Write and publish a couple of columns for the Equinox or another publication. Student editor Grace Pecci will be visiting our class with an invitation
Do a Mini Research Project
For example, perhaps Linda Hogan’s novel Solar Storms has stayed with you and you are interested in learning more about large-scale water and hydropower projects and their effect son indigenous peoples. Water and the Infrastructure of Colonialism is a fine example.
Continue to Share Authors and Books We Might not Want to Live Without
Read more and share more poetry by Gary Snyder; or Read Rachel Carson’s sea trilogy and write about the books; or Consider reading and discovering other writing/authors and share your discoveries
Discover and Explore Key Texts and Documents
Explore and bring together in one place the documents produced by international cooperation, from the 1969 San Francisco United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conference “Man and His Environment a View towards Survival” through the 2012 Rio De Janeiro UN Conference on Sustainable Development and The Future We Want to the most recent efforts by the UN to promote international cooperation,
Make available documents with vocabulary that might be useful to others. For example:
“I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. The worldwide ecological movement has already made considerable progress and led to the establishment of numerous organizations committed to raising awareness of these challenges. Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of powerful opposition but also because of a more general lack of interest. Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We require a new and universal solidarity.”
Contribute to Writing a New KSC College Wide Learning Outcome: Sustainability
Keene State College students will . . . .
Explore Web-Based Projects
Look for Cracks in the Pavement
Here is a good example of an environmental historian writing about the need to tell stories, “critical, hopeful environmental histories.”
Make a Web Site
Build the Soundtrack of Environmentalism (focus on a decade, write a guide to the music)
Make a lexicon (a dictionary or wordbook) for Environmentalism or a part of the discourse we have been studying, such as the Petrofictionary
Profile Someone Interesting and the Interest of that Person’s Ideas
For example I have mentioned a few times in our class the intellectual contributions of Timothy Morton:
One of the things that modern society has damaged has been thinking. Unfortunately, one of the damaged ideas is that of Nature itself. How do we transition from seeing what we call “Nature” as an object “over there”? And how do we avoid “new and improved” versions that end up doing much the same thing (embeddedness, flow and so on), just in a “cooler,” more sophisticated way?
When you realize that everything is interconnected, you can’t hold on to a concept of a single, solid, present-at-hand thing “over there” called Nature.
Or the ongoing work of Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint at ecoarttech:
Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint have been working together for over a decade to investigate contemporary experiences of digital media, food, ecology, and memory. Working simultaneously as artists, scholars, critics, and teachers, Leila and Cary create participatory situations and social sculptures that facilitate recovery from what they call “industrial amnesia”–a cultural memory disorder caused by the industrialization of the planet.
A profile project on Environmental Journalism or an Environmental Journalist
Consider Elizabeth Kolbert. Her most recent essay is in the Annals of Science Series in The New Yorker magazine (November 20 2017). “Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World? CO2 could soon reach levels that, it’s widely agreed, will lead to catastrophe.” You can even listen to the story Here.