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Earth Day at 50 Teach-Out
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Explore the past, present, and future of sustainability this Earth Day 2020
April 22 2020 marks 50 years of Earth Day. Earth Day is celebrated around the world and brings together individuals to protest and open up the conversation around sustainability.
On this Teach-Out, you’ll learn how the actions of University of Michigan students from the Environmental Action for Survival (ENACT) group started Earth Day as we know it.
50 years on, you’re invited to explore how sustainability spans generations, experiences, and industries.
You’ll discover sustainable and climate change action taking place around the world, and be inspired by stories of environmental justice.
You’ll learn with an expert team of guest educators from Michigan University, including:
- Matt Lassiter, Professor of History & Urban and Regional Planning
- David Allen, Art Hanson, Elizabeth Kingwell, and George Coling - Members of Environmental Action for Survival (ENACT)
- Neda Masoud, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Jonathan Overpeck, Dean, School for Environment and Sustainability
- Michaela Zint, Professor and Associate Dean, School for Environment and Sustainability
- Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Carillonist & Carillon Instructor
- Explore the origins of Earth Day in 1970
- Learn from a diverse range of experts as they envision a sustainable and just future
- Understand interdisciplinary and intergenerational perspectives: environmental justice, public health, renewable resources, astrophysics, data visualization librarian, dance professor, design student
- Understand how centering justice will help us not only create a sustainable future but a just one
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Describe the history of Earth Day since 1970
- Contribute their own experiences and opinions about Earth Day and the environmental movement
- Reflect on ways to make the world more sustainable and just.
- Compare different perspectives and opinions about sustainability and reflect on their own opinions.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the beginnings and history of Earth Day in 1970 and anyone who wants to learn more about the future of sustainability.
Who developed the course?
As the #1 public research university in the United States, U-M has been a leader in research, learning, and teaching for more than 200 years, with 102 Grad programs in the top 10 — U.S. News & World Report (2019).
LocationAnn Arbor, Michigan, USA
World rankingTop 30Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
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