Applying Environmental Leadership To The Global Climate Crisis

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Course DatesLengthMeeting TimesStatusFormatInstructor(s)CRN
June 21, 2021 - July 21, 20216/21 - 7/214 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineSamantha Lash
July 19, 2021 - August 18, 20217/19 - 8/184 WeeksOnlineCancelledOnlineSamantha Lash

Course Description

Young leaders are rising up all over the world to express something of great importance - our planet is in turmoil and we must take immediate action to save it. The impacts of global climate change are increasing every minute and, sadly, are unequally impacting the world’s most vulnerable populations.

This course combines concepts in environmental studies and leadership, with a mission to develop socially responsible leaders who can contribute to global efforts to slow the impacts of climate change.

Socially responsible leadership is a lifelong pursuit that requires ongoing learning and reflection. During this course, students will identify a pressing issue that they are passionate about and, with support from faculty and peers, will create an Action Plan to apply their new leadership knowledge to this issue in their home community.

We encourage students to think about potential Action Plan topics before they come to this course, but most develop their ideas during the program with help of peers and in-class activities. For example, past students have established community gardens, written a grant to install solar panels, and coordinated an e-waste collection.

During this course, students will learn to:
1. Identify and strengthen leadership qualities that may lead to improved collaboration and problem solving.
2. Clearly communicate concepts in environmental studies and/or environmental justice to a variety of stakeholders or individuals.
3. Acknowledge, understand and gain tools to process the large spectrum of impacts caused by global climate change.
4. Develop effective, feasible, and impactful Action Plan projects that use lessons from this course to create positive change in their local communities.

One unique quality of this course is the large emphasis on community development among students in each section. Therefore, this course has a synchronous component, meaning students will be expected to join for two real time lessons and class discussions. The real time classes will be scheduled and published in advance. There are alternative assignments available for students who are unable to attend because of time differences or technical difficulties.

Prerequisites: No specific prior experience or knowledge is required.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEES0928

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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