Upcoming ACT Event: Eco-Crafternoon THIS Sunday

Our next on-campus event will be held this Sunday, April 17th, from 12:00pm - 2:00pm in the Pitzer College Outdoor Classroom. Children and their families are invited to join us for an afternoon of crafts, games, and other activities pertaining to the theme of this month's event: Spring Festival. Learn more about sustainability, healthy ecological practices, and how to be a steward of the environment through a variety of hands-on activities facilitated by ACT members. All are welcome! For more information, email us at info@acleanertomorrow.org.

Eco-Crafternoon will be held in the Outdoor Classroom (in green). Parking is available in the East Mesa Parking Lot, Holden Parking Lot, and Sanborn Parking Lot (all in blue). Pitzer College is located at 1050 N. Mills Ave, Claremont CA 91711.

Eco-Crafternoon will be held in the Outdoor Classroom (in green). Parking is available in the East Mesa Parking Lot, Holden Parking Lot, and Sanborn Parking Lot (all in blue). Pitzer College is located at 1050 N. Mills Ave, Claremont CA 91711.

This week in ACT: Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Education Dialogue

 

 

 

This past Monday, ACT members hosted a discussion about the intersecting aspects of race, gender, class, and ability within environmental education (EE). The discussion provided a platform and context for students from Pitzer College to discuss personal experiences in being privileged in and/or excluded from the field of EE. These are a few of the questions discussed at Monday's event: 

In what ways are groups/individuals excluded from environmental movements? How have you been affected by this? In what ways have you contributed to this? What role can education play in destabilizing this white, upper class, cisgender-woman-dominated, able-bodied culture?

We hope that Monday's dialogue will be the first of many ACT-hosted events like this. Stay tuned for more to come!

Upcoming ACT Event: Eco-Crafternoon

Our next on-campus event will be held this Sunday, November 8th, from 12:00pm - 2:00pm in the Pitzer College Outdoor Classroom. Children and their families are invited to join us for an afternoon of crafts, games, and other activities pertaining to the theme of this month's event: Harvest Festival. Learn more about sustainable agriculture, healthy ecological practices, and how to be a steward of the environment through a variety of hands-on activities facilitated by ACT members. All are welcome! For more information, email us at info@acleanertomorrow.org.

Eco-Crafternoon will be held in the Outdoor Classroom (in green). Parking is available in the East Mesa Parking Lot, Holden Parking Lot, and Sanborn Parking Lot (all in blue). Pitzer College is located at 1050 N. Mills Ave, Claremont CA 91711.

Eco-Crafternoon will be held in the Outdoor Classroom (in green). Parking is available in the East Mesa Parking Lot, Holden Parking Lot, and Sanborn Parking Lot (all in blue). Pitzer College is located at 1050 N. Mills Ave, Claremont CA 91711.

ACT goes to NAAEE San Diego 2015

Last weekend, ACT Director Kat Harhai attended the 2015 conference put on by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). At the conference, Kat had the opportunity to meet professionals working in the field of environmental education, hear about the work of a variety of groups and organizations, and learn about the topic of this year's conference: Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Movement.

At the four-day conference held in San Diego, Kat attended a number of sessions, keynote speakers, events, as well as the accompanying research symposium. Among the sessions she attended were 'Education Equity Through Citizen Science,' 'Place Based Education: Getting Students Outdoors,' and 'Strategies to Increase Marginalized Girls' Access to STEM.' Kat is looking forward to applying all that she learned at the conference to her work with ACT, and to continue to learn more about the ways we can make environmental education more equitable, accessible, and inclusive.

 

Panelists speaking about social change and the role of education. From left to right: Judy Braus (NAAEE Executive Director), Allison Chin (Sierra Club), J. Drew Lanham (Clemson University), Harry Boyle (Humphrey School of Public Affairs), and Jackie Ogden (Disney Parks and Resorts).  Not pictured: Hahrie Han (UCSB)

Panelists speaking about social change and the role of education.

From left to right: Judy Braus (NAAEE Executive Director), Allison Chin (Sierra Club), J. Drew Lanham (Clemson University), Harry Boyle (Humphrey School of Public Affairs), and Jackie Ogden (Disney Parks and Resorts).  Not pictured: Hahrie Han (UCSB)

This Week in ACT: Climate Change

Climate change posters made by the students to recap what they learned this week.

Climate change posters made by the students to recap what they learned this week.

Transportation dice were used to model carbon emissions in Carbon Die-Oxide.

Transportation dice were used to model carbon emissions in Carbon Die-Oxide.

This week ACT teachers spent some time with the 5th graders at Sultana Elementary School talking about climate change. Through a series of games, lectures, discussions, videos and poster-making projects, ACT teachers worked with the students to talk about what exactly climate change is, what causes it, and what some of its consequences are. 

One of the highlights from this week's lesson was the game Carbon Die-Oxide, which introduced our students to the idea of transportation emissions. In the game, students were asked to roll a die with different modes of transportation, and would either receive or be asked to pay "energy points" depending on how much fuel each of the modes of transportation required. For example, if the die landed on "walking," the student would receive 3 energy points, but it the die landed on "driving a car," the student would have to pay 1 energy point. In addition to being a fun activity, Carbon Die-Oxide provided us with a great platform for then delving into a discussion about various anthropogenic causes of climate change. Our students recapped what they learned through these discussions on their climate change posters.

Overall, our first week in the classroom with these Students was very successful, and we're excited for what the rest of the semester has in store!