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Earth Day at 50 Teach-Out

Johanna MathieuAssistant ProfessorNOTE: Prof. Mathieu is one of many faculty participating in this Teach-Out
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This is an online course. Expected completion time is 3 hours. You can take it whenever you have time. The course is also offered by Coursera and FutureLearn.


On April 22, 2020, our world celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, an annual event meant to bring people together from across the world in protest, solidarity, and conversation about how we can collectively fight for a sustainable and just world. In this Teach-Out, you will explore the origins of Earth Day 1970 with student activists from Environmental Action for Survival (ENACT), an environmental student group from the University of Michigan, whose efforts led to a massive “Teach-In on the Environment” which drew tens of thousands of people. This was just one of many teach-in events that took place in 1970 and kicked-off Earth Day as we know it.

50 years later, you are invited to this “Teach-Out” to engage in an intergenerational and interdisciplinary conversion about what sustainability means across different sectors, disciplines, and lived experiences. You will explore themes including global sustainability efforts, climate change, environmental justice, and more, to inspire you to take action on Earth Day and beyond. Together, we will collectively develop visions for a sustainable, just, and peaceful world.

Here is a preview of some of the people in this Teach-Out:

– Johanna Mathieu, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
– Neda Masoud, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
– Todd Allen, Chair of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department
– Matt Lassiter, Professor of History & Urban and Regional Planning
– David Allen, Art Hanson, Elizabeth Kingwell, and George Coling
– Members of Environmental Action for Survival (ENACT)
– Jonathan Overpeck, Dean, School for Environment and Sustainability
– Michaela Zint, Professor and Associate Dean, School for Environment and Sustainability
– Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Carillonist & Carillon Instructor
And many others!