I do not at all regret my decision to enrol in ENVR 430! The course structure facilitated our learning in an accessible and fun manner. I loved how the majority of the pre-readings consisted of documentaries and movies as this motivated me to engage with the weekly content before class. The use of story-telling and visuals made the lectures engaging and thought-provoking. CoSphere was a great addition to the course as it allowed all of us to share our visions, values and interventions to facilitate important discussions!
If there’s one value that I take away from this course, it’s the power of education and awareness in initiating change. Before this course, I was not at all confident in discussing and formulating my own opinions about issues that contribute to the climate crisis. The awareness I received through this course has not only benefited me, but my friends and family too.
I thus envision a future where efforts in educating and raising awareness about climate change are increased especially at younger ages. Specifically, I hope that educators can increase the amount of climate and sustainability education in elementary schools and high schools!
Hi Shanzeh, I also agree that I enjoyed how most of the pre-readings were videos as it made it easier to digest the information before class. Thank you for sharing your vision!
Hi Shanzeh! I experienced a very similar journey to you! I also started this course not feeling too confident in creating and sharing my own visions and opinions about environmental issues but feel much more knowledgable today. I also hope to see a future where we raise more awareness about climate change in the community! Great wrap-up post!
I think you touched on a very important element of this course: the use of story-telling. Going into this class, I didn't realize how helpful story-telling could be when educating about environmental issues. Stories make environmental challenges more digestible and engaging for an audience. The details also stick with you afterwards, much longer than facts.
The effectiveness of Dr. Chan's stories inspired our group to make story-telling the main part of our workshop. I will continue incorporating story-telling into future presentations.