Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Climate Change and Human Rights Workshop

Posted: 11/1/2016 (Local Events)

Climate change has many overtly environmental expressions: it has contributed to aberrant temperatures, extreme weather, rising sea levels, and ever-increasing levels of drought. But climate change is not a purely environmental issue; it also has profound impact socially, economically, and geo-politically. And upon closer examination, it becomes clear that environmental changes do not affect human populations uniformly. In fact, the United Nations, the National Institutes of Health, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and countless other organizations recognize that climate change disproportionately impacts women, minorities, impoverished peoples, indigenous populations, people in developing nations, and other marginalized groups. Moreover, research shows that carbon taxes (often included in proposals to mitigate the greenhouse effect) have the heaviest burden on the poor. Thus, to fully address and solve the multilateral matter of climate change, we need to take into consideration the stances and experiences of marginalized peoples and developing nations.

Join the World Affairs Council and Western Washington University on November 3rd for an educator’s workshop all about climate change and its relationship to issues of social justice and human rights around the world. Teachers will explore climate change from both an environmental and a societal perspective, and will learn tools for engaging students around the issues.

Teachers will receive standards-aligned curricular resources and full original lesson plans to help bring the complex topic of climate change to the classroom. This is an interdisciplinary workshop, and would be appropriate for teachers in the Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.

Workshop includes 3 clock hours (with STEM components), classroom resources, and a light dinner.

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Date: 11/03/2016

Time: 4:30 - 7:30 PM PT

Location: Poulsbo, WA