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Continuing Education

Coal, Climate, and the World

Date: 5:00pm - 8:00pm PST February 12, 2013 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus

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“Coal is the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on our planet,” according to James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Why? And what’s our connection?

This workshop will explore the Northwest’s intimate connection to coal. The session will demonstrate ways to engage students in thinking about the global impact of the coal export proposals that, if approved, could lead to the transport of 150 million tons of coal through Oregon and Washington for shipment to Asia. This could have a huge negative impact on the climate and on human health. It’s a grim subject, but our teaching about it can be lively and hopeful.

This workshop is designed for middle and secondary teachers as well as community members. 

Check out this additional teaching activity on coal by Bill Bigelow published on the Zinn Education Project website. 

Workshop Details

This workshop is part of our 2012-2013 Workshop Series

Fee: $30. 
Complimentary coffee and tea will be served.  

Online registration has closed.  You may register onsite at the workshop.

Credit Option: This workshop is part of the “Rethinking Schools Series”. Each workshop in the Sustainability Series can be taken individually or in sequence, with the option to purchase 1 semester hour of continuing education credit after completing all 5 in the series. Registration for credit will occur at the last workshop in this series. 

Instructor: Bill Bigelow, M.A.T.

About the Instructor

Bill Bigelow taught high school social studies in Portland, Ore. for almost 30 years. He is the curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools and the co-director of the Zinn Education Project. This project offers free materials to teach people’s history and an “If We Knew Our History” article series. Bigelow is author or co-editor of numerous books, including A People’s History for the Classroom and The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration.

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