Oct/Nov Campus Dispatch: Climate Story Collaboratives, Environmental Justice Handbook and more

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UNC-Charlotte Joins Campus Network

UNC Charlotte has become the 43rd member of the Rachel Carson Council Campus Network (RCCN) following a visit and lecture at the campus by RCC President, Dr. Robert K. Musil. Musil was hosted by Dr. Gordon Hull, Director of the UNCC Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, and lectured on “Rachel Carson’s Environmental Ethic and North Carolina Today.” Learn more

RCC Leads Immersive Class at Duke

In order to promote awareness around industrialized agriculture in North Carolina, the Rachel Carson Council partnered with Professor Rebecca Vidra of Duke University to host a two-part workshop to engage students. The workshop used Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) techniques to explore the externalities of CAFOs and their impacts on environmental justice communities’ quality of life. The purpose of this partnership is to remind students of their power to disrupt environmental harm and instill in them the value and necessity of community-based research. Learn more


Hendrix College Explores Factory Farms in
“Engaged Citizen” Course

The “Animals People and Ecosystems” course at Hendrix College in Arkansas offers first-year students a chance to understand the interactions and interdependence among animals, people and their ecosystems. An interdisciplinary approach will be utilized to understand how the social and natural sciences come together to inform the practice of conservation and the development of environmental policy. Learn more

Thanks to Jack Stewart of Buffalo River Watershed Alliance for this update.

Penn State students read about, explore the Chesapeake Bay

Imagine a college course where students read and discuss literature about the Chesapeake Bay, acquire canoe paddling skills, and spend days exploring the Chesapeake Bay and one of its tributaries, the Susquehanna River, and related cultures.

At Penn State, the Department of English and Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management offer just that, an immersive adventure that enhances students’ appreciation of the natural world and understanding of how nature, culture and recreation are intertwined. Learn more


Appalachian State Faculty Lead and Participate in Climate Stories Collaborative

The Climate Stories Collaborative is an initiative designed to grow the capacity of faculty and students to use a variety of creative media to tell the stories of those who are already affected by, and/or taking action to address, climate change.

Mount Holyoke Students Spend Summer
Researching Health of Connecticut River

What a way to spend a summer. Every morning for the past few weeks, Mount Holyoke College students Haley Rivers ’19 and Leila Kouakou ’18 have slathered on sunscreen, donned hats, water shoes and life vests, and headed to a cove on the Connecticut River, near where it empties into the Long Island Sound. Learn more.

Johns Hopkins Center for a
Livable Future Produces

FoodSpan Curriculum
This free, downloadable curriculum provides high school students with a deep understanding of critical food system issues, empowers them to make healthy and responsible food choices, and encourages them to become advocates for food system change.

Why Study Conservation Psychology? A New Webinar Series from AUNE’s Dr. Joy Ackerman
Conservation psychology can support enhanced understanding of the powerful social and psychological aspects that influence group and individual environmental actions and attitudes.  CP theory and practice can help to more effectively design programs, craft messages, and engage individuals and organizations in conservation, sustainability, and climate change action. Learn more
A special shoutout to Dr. Joy Ackerman, a two-year member of the Rachel Carson Campus Network!


NC Scholars and Leaders Contribute to New Handbook on Environmental Justice

The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice presents an extensive and cutting-edge introduction to the diverse, rapidly growing body of research on pressing issues of environmental justice and injustice. With wide-ranging discussion of current debates, controversies, and questions in the history, theory, and methods of environmental justice research, contributed by over 90 leading social scientists, natural scientists, humanists, and scholars from professional disciplines from six continents, it is an essential resource both for newcomers to this research and for experienced scholars and practitioners.


Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics Online Youth Training Program is Open for Registration!

This training program, instructed by a former RCC Communications Intern Christine Lacayo, seeks to prepare young people with the skills and knowledge to be effective sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world. Learn more



November 17-19: Food Law Student Leadership Summit at UCLA

The Food Law Student Leadership Summit convenes law students from around the country who share a passion for creating an equitable, transparent, healthy, and sustainable food system. Food law and policy is a fast-growing field within the legal profession and society at large. This year’s Summit is co-hosted by Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and UCLA School of Law’s Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, with support from the Food Law Student Network Leadership Committee.

Thanks to one of our Eastern Shore partners, Michele Merkel for bringing this to our attention!

November 17-19: Register for the
North Carolina Climate Justice Summit

At the NCCJS, we connect, heal, and grow everybody’s movement. With youth and adults from across our state, we dive deep into multi-racial and intergenerational ​ dialogue about the threats facing us​​. We dance, we sing, we listen, we learn...we lift each other up. Together, we explore grassroots solutions that make our communities more resilient, more equitable and more powerful as we work to avert climate chaos. Click here to watch video.

November 18: Join Sunrise Movement’s
Climate Legacy Time Capsule Event

As the first international climate talks of the Trump era draw to a close, members of the Sunrise Movement will gather at state capitols and city halls around the country, and seal time capsules. They will be opened in 100 years, November 2117. What kind of world will they be opened in? That will be up to us.

December 1-3:
Bard College Center for Environmental Policy C2C Training

C2C stands for Campus to Community, to Congress, to Corporations, to Capitol, or to City Hall--we give young people the tools to make a difference soon, because they have to. C2C Fellows is designed for students and recent graduates who have leadership ambition, and provide them with the knowledge, skills, courage, and a powerful, ongoing network, to lead the change. Ready to join us?



Dr. Erika Weinthal, Duke Professor of Environmental Policy, Wins “Women Peacebuilders for Water” Award

Erika Weinthal, Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, was honored today with a Women Peacebuilders for Water Award at an international conference in Milan, Italy. The award recognizes Weinthal for her pioneering scholarship on global environmental politics and governance, particularly her focus on the role water resources can play in post-conflict peacebuilding. Learn more

University of Michigan’s MCubed Research
Funding Renewed for Third Year

A five-year, $30 million investment into bold research and scholarship from the University of Michigan and its faculty members has tripled into a return of nearly $100 million in follow-on funding.

The one-of-a-kind Mcubed program is designed to spark innovative projects without traditional review. It rapidly gives seed funding — either at a $60,000 or $15,000 level — with no questions asked to teams of three professors who represent at least two different disciplines.

Green Corps Class of 2018 Builds Pressure on Tyson Foods

The Green Corps Class of 2018 is fresh off a week of training on campaign strategy, personal effectiveness, and leadership development skills -- after which they hit college campuses around the country to recruit the Green Corps Class of 2019. They're now back on the campaign trail, building pressure on Tyson Foods to call for more sustainable practices throughout their supply chain.

Catawba is N.C.’s First College to Participate in EPA’s Air Quality Flag Program

Catawba College is North Carolina’s first college to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Flag Program. The College plans to raise one of five various colored EPA flags on a daily basis to help members of its campus community and the Salisbury-Rowan community at large be aware of each day’s air quality conditions. Learn more


Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.

In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas. The region is known for its forestry, farming and fishing industries, which are both commercial and small-scale subsistence operations that rural communities depend on. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors–including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families–set up a series of road blockades, preventing exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province.

Water Warriors invites audiences to contemplate and re-imagine their own possibilities for resistance. We collaborate with communities on lively, participatory events and workshops that create a dynamic forum to deepen civic engagement and strategic discussion.

 The 22 minute short film is touring festivals and will be available for public screenings in summer 2017.

The scalable exhibition combines photographs, large scale video projections, an audio soundscape, and short film. The project is produced in collaboration with Working Films. Interested in booking Water Warriors? Email Working Films at Learn more here.

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