Entry #17 – June 13, 2011
Environmentalist in Process
Reflection: During our first class session for “Environmental Law and Sustainability” each year, I ask my students, “Are you an environmentalist?” Each responds on a note card. Next, I ask each to define “environmentalist” on that card. We then discuss that response. At the end of the discussion, each student answers the questions on the back of the card, “Are you an environmentalist?” and “Have you changed your response as a result of our discussion? Why or why not?"
On that first day of class, some people change their responses by the end of the discussion saying, “I am comfortable calling myself an “environmentalist in process because …” (fill in the blank.) Others change their responses during the course of our semester. It is delightful to see that they change the way they view their role in the pursuit of sustainability. Their essays in our class document what they are doing as individuals, within their families, and within student organizations to live in more sustainable ways.
In the photo, I am at Cueva Roja, Chiapas, Mexico on a farm that is part of the Maya Vinic Coffee Cooperative. See my blog about Higher Grounds Coffee. Chris Treter, co-founder of Higher Grounds, began his business as a result of his relationship with the wonderful people of Maya Vinic.!
Copyright© 2011 by Paulette L. Stenzel for text and photo.