The recent conversation on the EANTH listserv surrounding Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate brought to light important differences regarding how anthropologists engage with and teach the subject of climate change. We invite contributors to submit posts that focus on the intersection of teaching about climate change, interdisciplinary research, and environmental activism. Questions that arise at this intersection include: What roles can anthropologists play in climate change education and activism? How do we educate students about global climate issues in an academically sound and informed manner? Is it possible to teach on climate change and at the same time provide uplifting ethnographic accounts of communities working for positive change? What other lessons can be learned from teaching climate issues and environmental advocacy on a broad scale?
Potential directions of posts include:
- Methods: a discussion of particular teaching and/or research methods relating to climate change education and/or specifically Klein’s work.
- Narratives: accounts of personal experiences teaching on climate issues and/or environmental activism – how do you engage in teaching and activism in your institution and/or community? What challenges have you faced when dealing with these complex issues, or what are some educational experiences you could share?
- Photo essays: a collection of photographs with captions that describe successes or challenges in combating the effects of climate change – perhaps of a particular activist campaign or classroom experience.
Submissions can take the form of 1,000-word essays; short photo and video essays; poetry and experimental prose; audio recordings; and other forms in consultation with the editors. Please indicate your interest by email to the Engagement co-editors: