English Education for a Sustainable Future (or Why We Need Writing Teachers at the End of the World)

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How might English educators respond to the increasing need for advocacy associated with climate change and ecological sustainability? As alternatives to these stories of isolation and despair, I offer empowerment strategies based in Dr. Joanna Macy’s “The Work that Reconnects,” which emerges from her 30 years of environmental advocacy. In contrast with other calls to social and political activism, action is the last stage of this four-step, spiral approach that includes coming from gratitude, honoring our pain for the world, seeing with new eyes, and going forth.

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English Education, v. 51, issue 4, p. 404-414