Information and offerings from the course “Engaging Climate Change: Creativity, Community, Intervention” initiated, developed and taught by Sarah at the University of Regina.

This course was offered through the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance (MAP) in Winter 2020, Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 for undergraduate and graduate students (Masters and PhD) in any discipline at the University of Regina. Links to recordings of public events held in relation to the class as well as several student projects are available below.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

MAP 300AQ/400AD: Engaging Climate Change: Creativity, Community, Intervention, is a multidisciplinary course that explores climate change and environmental concerns, with a focus on resilience, community, Indigenous perspectives, science, artist engagements, local/global projects, and thinking outside the box in the face of change. Assignments are applied and/or artistic explorations of course themes.

PUBLIC EVENTS

Field Trip: Changing the Climate (90:00) April 11, 2020.
Student sharing of some of their assignment work from the course on a range of climate topics and in various formats.
Hosted by Now What?!: The art of being fully human in a time of crisis.

Arts & Social Change: A virtual field trip to a climate change seminar in Canada  (1:22:00) May 27, 2020.
Sarah Abbott, and students Mika Abbott and Amy Snider discuss the Engaging Climate Change course as well as the students’ climate artworks.
Event information page.
Hosted by PerLe – Project for Successful Teaching and Learning, Kiel University, for the online national Public Climate School organised by Students for Future, Germany. In conversation with Frauke Godat, Quality Development Division, Kiel University.

STUDENT WORKS ONLINE

Otobong James heal the world – poem spoken word video

Kaitlin KrasushaarGrades 2/3/4: The Climate and Interdependence lesson plan blog page & materials

Lauren WilsonChanging the Box, diary reflections on personal change video

Esperanza Sánchez Espitia – Animal Resilience in times of Climate Change video

Otobong James engaging climate change documentary in conversation with friends video

STUDENT COMMENTS

Honestly I’d say my outlook on climate and how I engage with it has changed. I’ve definitely talked more about it in circles I find myself. I am also a lot more conscious and intentional on actions I take, like; not driving when I don’t have to; unplugging my electronics when they aren’t in use and recycling even a lot more! I’ve also been doing more self educating by reading up on articles and joining live conversations on the topic.
– Otobong James

STUDENT WORKS

Ask First draft logo designed by Carla Ballman
for her business project to encourage restaurant staff to ask first if customers want cutlery with their take-out order.

“Our students are the foundation of the future, and it is critical that they understand the consequences and potential rewards that our actions have on us, plants, animals, and the earth.”
– Kaitlin Krasushaar, for grades 2/3/4 eco lesson plan (link)

Punctured (Prairie Landscape), Image One
by Mika Abbott
“The multiple layers within Punctured (Prairie Landscape) reflect on the vast complexities of our often disharmonious, competitive relationship with the earth and climate change. The holes then remind us of chaos that can easily entangle, establishing fear and a sense of entitlement rather than promoting action to fight climate change.”

CARBON FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR used in class.

Image credit: William Sherick, page from book project, Some Thoughts on Climate Change