Call for submissions: A People’s Curriculum for the Earth

Bill headshotRethinking Schools is in the final stages of producing a book on teaching about the environmental crisis, called A People’s Curriculum for the Earth. If you’re a subscriber or regular visitor to our website, you have probably noticed that over the past several years Rethinking Schools magazine has featured increasing numbers of environmental justice articles. We are pleased by what we’ve assembled in the new volume–which is patterned after our 2002 book, Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World.

But we still need some help. We have a few “holes,” wishes, or would-like-to-have-mores. These are of two types:
  1. articles that describe classroom teaching (story-rich, replicable, critical)
  2. student-friendly readings: short articles, interviews, testimonies, stories, excerpts from novels, poems, graphics, and the like.

Some areas for which we want more material, both for the book and for future issues of the magazine, include:

  • Indigenous struggles around environmental issues — e.g., the Idle No More movement
  • Teaching about oil exploitation and natural gas fracking
  • Rachel Carson and early work against pesticides
  • The “people’s history” of struggles against environmental racism
  • Teaching about nuclear issues — e.g., nuclear testing, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima, uranium mining
  • Water issues, everything from the disproportionate impact of corporate practices on poor communities and communities of color to the implications of the decline of glaciers
  • Food sovereignty, and the activism of groups affiliated with La Via Campesina
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • The political economy of hunger
  • Stories of resistance and hope — how responses to environmental crisis can also be responses to economic crisis

Yes, these intersect and themselves are overwhelming. But we’re hoping that in putting out this final call that some of you may have pieces of your curriculum in hand that you’d be willing to let us consider for Rethinking Schools magazine and/or A People’s Curriculum for the Earth.

If so, please get in touch with me at bill@rethinkingschools.org.

Thanks for all your important work in these tough times. And thanks for your support of Rethinking Schools.

Warmly,

Bill Bigelow
Curriculum Editor

5 thoughts on “Call for submissions: A People’s Curriculum for the Earth

  1. You should ask Rachel Parent to write an article about GMO’s or at least have an interview with her. She is amazing. Plus it would be nice to actually hear a kid’s voice!

  2. watch speech:

    On November 11, Yeb Sano, the Philippines’ delegate at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change now underway in Poland spoke out powerfully and poignantly, saying:”To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of your armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian Ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels … to the hills of Central America that confront similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce … And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now.”

    all the best, Justi Echeles

    Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:58:23 +0000 To: justi126@hotmail.com

  3. Thanks for these thoughts on what we might include in the book. We’ll follow up on both. Yeb Sano was featured on Democracy Now!, and we posted a piece of his speech at our facebook page. Very moving. Thanks to both of you for your support of Rethinking Schools.

  4. Students in one of my classes from the COE at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, have recently developed awesome environmental justice lessons centered around Mossville, LA, one of the oldest African American communities in the U.S. Mega-chemical plants have proliferated and poisoned the landscape, making folks sick, and ultimately displacing them. This is just now coming to fruition, but it would be an excellent piece for this project. Please email me if interested.

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