hours of Professional Development
5 hours pre-workshop,7 hours Face to Face, 3 hours post-workshop
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
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.
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
· 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.
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
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.