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From Eco-Anxiety to Eco-Action: Educator Strategies to Support Students

Classroom Strategies for Channelling Students’ Environmental Concerns into Empowerment

A 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.

This course will introduce educators to 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.

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Course Overview

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: Excitement and empowerment through stories of resilience and action

Module 5: Empowerment through stewardship projects

Schedule & Fee

5-week online course

July 15th - Aug 16th, 2024
Oct 14th - Nov 15th, 2024

$140 $99*

Full-day in-person session

August 14th, 2024 | 9am - 4pm

$140 $99*

*Financial assistance is available for those who need it. Please contact courses@earthrangers.com to inquire.

What educators are saying:

“This course provides tangible, real world studies and examples are given to help busy teachers get started in building their own plans on how to implement various Eco-Action projects with their own students.”

Amanda

Teacher, NB

“This course allowed me to gauge my own level of anxiety, normalize it and then move onto action. It's important to do the same with the children I work with. I feel inspired and excited to continue my own work with this new knowledge and resources.”

Lu

Environment Community Group Chair, ON

“This course provided many amazing resources and readings. The assignments were thought fully designed and resulted in meaningful reflection and products. In our session, we had parents, teachers, school district staff, and NGO educators. This diversity of perspectives really reinforced how eco-anxiety is prevalent across many fields and a top priority for adults and youth alike! I will take my learnings here forward with me in my professional and personal life.”

Cailey

Non-Profit Education Programs Manager, AB

"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."

Rabia

Teacher and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion specialist, Toronto ON