Classroom Strategies for Channelling Students’ Environmental Concerns into Empowerment
A New Micro Credential from Earth Rangers
Eco-anxiety is a relatively new term that you may have heard before. It sounds serious and even a little scary. While eco-anxiety is not an official diagnosable disorder, it is still very real. But what is it exactly? Eco-anxiety includes feelings of worry, fear, and even despair that someone experiences as a result of their exposure to the realities of climate change, biodiversity loss, and other environmental problems.
Many factors, such as systemic oppression, acute or generational trauma and exposure to the impacts of climate change effect how kids experience and react to the climate crisis. The goal of this course is to help educators develop tools and tactics to make their classrooms a safe and empowering place for all children to to address the environment head-on and transform feelings of anxiety into positive environmental action.
The course is primarily asynchronous and requires 6-10 hours to complete 5 modules with 3 optional zoom sessions. Resources include readings, surveys, reflections, videos and case studies.
Module 1: Eco-anxiety and you
Module 2: Naming and normalizing feelings of anxiety
Module 3: Environmental problem solving through local land-based learning
Module 4: Empathy and education through stories of resilience and action
Module 5: Empowerment through stewardship projects
Schedule & Fee
5-week online course
February 8 - March 10, 2023
April 3 - May 5, 2023
What educators are saying:
Earth Ranger's Eco-Anxiety to Eco-Action course is a very interesting and accessible course for all educators. The course does a great job of balancing the topic of climate change with theory and practical considerations for the school and classroom. This course will prepare educators to have these important conversations with students through critical self reflection, the course content, templates, diverse and intersectional stories shared throughout.
RabiaTeacher and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion specialist, Toronto ON
"The course was very informative and engaging as I learned about Eco Anxiety and how to create Eco Action among my students. The modules were easy to follow and the resources provided were helpful. I would recommend this course."