Achieving Energy Education & Ecological Literacies for All: A Share-Fair and Discussion for Innovative Resources and Approaches
Do you teach about the ecological implications of energy development and consumption? Are you interested in learning more about approaches and tools to help learners of all ages and educational settings better understand energy-related issues? This interactive session will feature resources developed by ecologists and educators to enhance literacy at the interface between ecology and energy. Collectively, the resources are applicable to a wide variety of audiences, including undergraduates (both science majors and non-majors), K-12 audiences in formal and informal settings, and adult audiences. The session will feature a Share-Fair, in which attendees can engage in small-group discussions and demonstrations with developers of an array of resources. Examples will include personal energy-use and carbon footprint calculators, curricula on energy choices applicable to middle-school and high-school audiences, gaming strategies to teach students about energy and biogeochemical issues, schoolyard research strategies, and approaches that bridge social and ecological sciences. Adult learning activities include interfaith climate and energy education resources that highlight moral and ethical considerations for energy choices that promote earth stewardship. Email organizers to request space to bring and share your own activities. The session will conclude with a round-table discussion of opportunities and challenges for those interested in teaching the interface between energy and ecology - including resource-dissemination via social media and ESA’s EcoEd DL. Our goals are to develop an ongoing network for idea and resource exchange and to articulate a research agenda to achieve greater energy and ecological literacies leading to actions that advance environmental sustainability.