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Introducing myself and my journal: Emoting for Earth and all Earthlings

About Me:
I am about half way through my Master's program at Portland State University. I am studying Sustainability Education in PSU's innovative, cutting edge program, Leadership in Ecology, Culture and Learning. I have a particular interest in what role emotions play in teaching and learning about sustainability, and what emotions lead to behavioral change, creativity and innovation in solving sustainability issues. This passion, which is directing my scholarship, all stems from reading a quote from Rachel Carson: "It is not half as important to know as it is to feel."

My background is in gender studies and sociology with a particular focus on work and labor within these disciplines. I have, prior to graduate school, spent much of my work life in the natural foods industry. The informal education this gave me around food issues and policy more or less spurred my current endeavor.

My Passions:
food, water, gardening, animals, friends

My Challenges:
When I am afraid or stressed, I can isolate myself from my community.

My Vision for the Future:
A verdant and just (r)evolution

My Areas of Expertise:
feminist pedagogy, inclusive and integrative teaching methods, adult education, writing, taking baths

Comments

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends and you will find this to be a positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

Katie McDonald's picture

Hello & Welcome

Hello,

Welcome to PulseWire. We are a vibrant online community with many groups and features, which I encourage you to explore.

If you are not sure where to start, I suggest going to the Voices Rising section. Here you can view and comment on the latest posts. It is available here: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/voices

Joining the PulseWire Lounge is also a great place to start. This group is at the heart of the PulseWire culture and can be found here: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/3740

I look forward to hearing more about your life.

Best wishes,

Katie

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Welcome

Hi ,
A hearty welcome to the Pulsewire community. My life has transformed so much positively since I joined this community and I know you will learn alot and also share alot with us.

Learn, explore and inform us.

Best
Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

Maria Howe's picture

Welcome to Pulsewire!

Hello!

It's exciting to have you here and to learn a bit about you. We all get a little more empowered when more voices join the choir! Please feel free to share your thoughts, stories and encouragement. Hopefully you enjoy becoming a part of this global community.

I really enjoyed reading about your current school work. I haven't heard that quote by Rachel Carson before and it resonated with me. Thanks for sharing it and your passion for what you are studying. I look forward to seeing more of you online and hearing more of your voice.

Listen. Engage. Have Fun!

Regards,
Maria

dreams with the moon's picture

like-minded

Hey there!

I just read your profile and thought to myself: "I have to connect with her!". At the moment I'm writing my PhD at the European University Viadrina in Germany. I'm in the middle of setting up this project that is going to take place in schools. It is about letting students (age 16-18) explore sustainability starting with personal relations and then widening their relations to their community and ultimately the world. It's about letting them experience interconnectedness again, reestablishing emotional connection with people and nature. My call is to evaluate the outcomes and impact of such an experience, to see whether it affects their environmental behaviour, empowerment, participation and so on. I believe we need to rethink education; we need to value experiences again as opposed to only communicating factual knowledge. I experienced for myself that this is the way to cause a shift in awareness, concern and the urge to work for a better world.

I honor your intention and am always really glad to hear about other people that carry similar questions and visions! Thank you for that :).

PS: Your Masters sound amazing! I will check it out now...

Jana

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