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Welcome to our Summer B newsletter!  We continue to present online resources and happenings related to Earth Literacy and sustainability education.  Additionally, we are proud to present writings from MDC Professor Anouchka Rachelson as well as home garden photos presented by many of you, our colleagues, which you'll find in the Resilience and Earth Literacy Blog post below. 

We hope you are well and managing things in this time of stress and uncertainty.  Please know that your colleagues at Earth Ethics Institute are here to help however we may.

 
Resilience and Earth Literacy Blog

We share resources and writings/reflections from our colleagues at Miami Dade College through the Resilience and Earth Literacy blog.  We are happy and proud to share the latest updates with you here. 

Professor Anouchka Rachelson discusses her thoughts on coping with the current crises and social uncertainty with which we are faced in "Summersault."

Stephen Nesvacil, Earth Ethics Institute staff at MDC North Campus, has gathered home garden photos from many of you, our colleagues, which he presents along with his thoughts on the home garden/food security connection in "Food Security: Growing Our Gardens."

EEI Administrative Assistant Chris Medina presents his reflections on facilitating the Catalyst Miami CLEAR (Community Leadership on the Environment, Advocacy, and Resilience) workshop in "To See Clearly." 

Our blog landing page can be accessed here: Resilience and Earth Literacy Blog

We hope you will check out our blog and find the postings interesting and of value.
Disposable City 

What does the future hold for the City of Miami?  Described by many as being "ground zero for sea level rise," Miami is particularly susceptible to not only the impacts of climate-induced extreme weather, rising seas, and an aging infrastructure, but also questions of social equity arise when considering such issues as climate gentrification.  

In a work the New York Times calls "insightful and richly detailed," local author Mario Alejandro Ariza explores the tapestry of Miami culture while investigating present and future effects of climate change while recognizing the "magic city" will likely be underwater by the end of the century. 

This book is newly released as of July, 14th, and discusses issues directly related to both sustainability as well as Earth Literacy and will likely be of interest to the EEI crowd.  For more on Disposable City, please visit the book's website here.
Your Feedback Needed!
How can EEI better serve you?  What resources or support would you like to see us offer?  Please email Earth Ethics Institute Director Mike Matthews with your ideas and suggestions.  

mmatthew@mdc.edu

 
Vote, Our Planet Depends On It!
With local elections coming up on August 18th and national elections right around the corner on November 3rd, we hope you are registered and planning on making your voice heard!  With so many pressing issues related to social equity, sustainability, and the environment, it more important than ever that you get out and vote!

But, how to make an informed decision?  Here are some resources we hope you may find helpful:
  • The Earth Day Vote Earth website has general information on registering to vote, checking your registration status, and more.
  • Earth Guardians Vote for Earth website also has links to register as well links for organizing, live stream broadcasts, information on issues, and more. 
  • Our friends at the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED) have created this hand Election Guide Factsheet.
  • Voterfocus.com has a list of all candidates in the upcoming local elections, as well as campaign fiance info
Please be on the lookout for more on local and national candidates through the various media as we approach the election days.
 
Go Solar! 

Learn about solar energy and its benefits for your home, or small business!  A new Miami-Dade Solar Co-Op is launching and there is an upcoming virtual information session August 11th at 6:00 PM. This will be a live, online presentation, so you will be able to ask questions during the session. Click here to register and for more information. 

Despite what you may have heard, green energy is still the path forward toward a sustainable, resilient future for all. 
Upcoming Professional Development Workshops and More!  

EEI is busy working with MDC's Center for Institutional and Organizational Learning (CIOL) planning our upcoming year of professional development offerings.  We will be striving to provide learning opportunities related to Earth Literacy and sustainability, even if it is exploring virtual formats. 

We have an exciting and robust schedule coming up with some brand new workshops as well as opportunities to take popular favorites.  Please be on the lookout for our schedule and registration links, coming your way in early September!
Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies

Faculty, please take a few minutes to register your GSELS classes, if you have not yet done so. 

Registering your GSELS classes is quick and easy and is important in helping us track GSELS enrollment and participation.  We truly appreciate you doing so.   

Register your Summer B 2020 classes here

Register your Summer C 2020 classes here

Register your Fall 2020 classes here
 
To learn more about GSELS, please visit EEI's website and/or contact EEI staff for additional information.  We are glad to assist and answer any questions you may have.
As Miami Dade College has transitioned to online learning platforms and migrated to remote offices due to COVID-19, Earth Ethics Institute continues to support faculty efforts by providing online resources related to Earth Literacy, sustainability, and more. Note: this list has been updated since our last newsletter.

Online Resources
Virtual Water/Energy Conservation Lab for MDC Classes

EEI is collaborating with local non-profit Dream in Green to bring you another virtual water/energy conservation WE-LAB in the Fall term.  These workshops allow you to learn about home recycling, water and energy conservation, and more directly from representatives from our local utilities. WE-Lab is always a great  opportunity to learn how to be more sustainable at home, as well as being a great curriculum enhancement for GSELS or environmentally-themed classes.  More info TBA. 
Environmental Justice and Education
Environmental Justice is  about the fair distribution of environmental hardships--who gets exposed to pollution, who has to live next to a toxic waste site, who does not have adequate access to water and sewage?  Our friends at Dream In Green, in partnership with Venture Cafe and Go Green Ecobins are offering this important virtual town hall discussing the role of education in ensuring environmental justice in our community. 

For more on this opportunity, click here

Note: EEI is NOT affiliated with this event. 

 

EEI Director/Wolfson and Padrón Campus: Mike Matthews ~ 305-237-3796
Kendall Campus:  Netiva Kolitz ~ 305-237-2247
North Campus: Stephen Nesvacil ~ 305-237-1338
EEI college-wide support: Christensen Medina - 305-237-3117

 
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