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Climate Disruption: Choosing Resiliency


15 hours of Professional Development
5 hours pre-workshop,7 hours Face to Face, 3 hours post-workshop assignment

There will be five sessions. The first session will meet for 1 hour, the following four sessions will meet for 1.5 hours

Facilitated by Earth Ethics Institute Staff        

This multi-media workshop will address the topic of climate change through readings, group reflections, discussion questions, and action planning as well as interactive electronic resources including web and video content. Participants will explore current information and resources related to climate science, and will engage in conversations focused on concrete actions that one can take to increase resiliency by mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

This workshop will be broken into five sessions. First it will lay the foundation with a look at how humans affect climate and how climate change affects each of us. Next it will examine sources of information and misinformation about climate change and look at how to effectively address the topic. After exploring how to make meaningful change in complex systems at the local and global levels, the workshop will conclude with an action plan for each of us to be agents of change in our sphere of influence, both personally and professionally.

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

         Evaluate how climate change impacts each of us at an individual and community level, and how we individually and collectively affect climate change

         Gain skills to discern factually accurate climate science information from incorrect information, as well as to effectively address misinformation

         Connect climate change impacts to their own values and explore what motivates and inspires humans to change behaviors

         Utilize local and global examples of climate activism to develop an action plan for mitigation of climate change effects

        Develop a curriculum component related to climate change, mitigation, and adaptation

Evaluation will include completion of assigned readings prior to sessions two through five - minimum of five hours - and completion of workshop. Finally, participant must develop a discipline specific lesson plan or course module that incorporates key concepts of this course. Lesson plan is due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the end of the workshop, and will be posted on the Earth Ethics webpage.


Colleen Ahern-Hettich has served as director of the Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) for the past 11 years. Ms. Ahern-Hettich has served on several boards and committees including: Environmental Education Providers of Miami-Dade County, Advisory Committee of South Florida Environmental Art Project, Inc.; Economic, Social and Health Issues Committee of the Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force, Be Healthy Board, and City of Miami Green Commission.

Mike Matthews has served as EEI Program Professional for InterAmerican Campus for three years. Matthews holds an M.S. in environmental science from Florida International University. He has taught on the faculty of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Marine and Ecological Sciences Department.

Netiva Kolitz has served as EEI Program Professional at Kendall Campus for three years. Ms. Kolitz holds a B.S. in Psychology, and has completed graduate course work in Environmental Studies and Education. She has more than 10 years of experience in program coordination, environmental education, and public outreach. Ms. Kolitz worked in the Education Department of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Alison Walker is EEI Program Professional at Wolfson Campus. She has worked in environmental education, community outreach, and professional development for more than 12 years as an adjunct professor, and at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the US Department of Agriculture. Ms. Walker received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Plant Sciences from University of Florida.


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