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Need ideas, inspiration, or curriculum materials to incorporate climate, ecojustice, and environmental topics into your media classes? This site features curated educational resources to support media educators who want to “green” their teaching. Don’t know where to start? “Bringing Ecomedia Literacy into the Classroom” and “Ecomedia Literacy: Principles and Practices” are short articles that offer some ideas.
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Recently added learning activities and lesson plansCurriculum Materials
- What About Bottled Water?Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing videos and TV commercials to discern messages about decisions to purchase or not purchase bottled water.
- Corporate Greenwashing? Exxon and GreenpeaceThis is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode an ExxonMobil commercial and an environmental advocacy video for conflicting messages about corporate advertising credibility and about human impact on the environment.
- Consumerism and SustainabilityMedia literacy and critical thinking lesson asking students to consider their own consumer decisions relating to sustainability through a process of decoding TV commercials and videos about bottled water.
- Student Media Research Project on SustainabilityMedia literacy and critical thinking lesson in which students will complete and present a quantitative research project on media representation of sustainability.
- Nature Images: Constructing “nature” in Visual Culture and AdsThis activity involves students in a two-part exploration of “nature” imagery. Initially, they analyze and discuss their associations with nature images, followed by an examination of how these same concepts are employed in advertisements.
Recently added videos, audio, multimediaAudiovisual Materials
- Animation of the Environmental Impact of Gadgetshttps://youtu.be/JUbFJwqzP1Q A short stop motion animation exploring the human and environmental impacts of our smartphones and devices. It shows how the production chain impacts ecosystems and human health through the extraction of conflict minerals, exploited labor, fossil fuel emissions to power server farms, and e-waste. Accessible for all ages.
- Chobani Ad: Dear AliceThis short animated Choboni ad about the future of food production can be useful for exploring different environmental discourses, including pastoral, food, and sustainability. It can be used to generate a discussion about food, agriculture, eco-modernism, and mechanism.
- Avatar/Pocahontas Mash-upThe video of the trailer for Disney’s Pocahontas (1995) is combined with audio from Avatar (2009). It demonstrates how these films have common environmental discourses and genre conventions.
- Keep America Beautiful: The Crying Indian (1970)This is a great media example for discussing environmental discourses and ideology. It utilizes the eco-utopian discourse (often represented by indigenous and First Nations peoples) to promote conservationist environmentalism, which aligns with anthropocentric environmental ideology.
- Why Bitcoin is so Bad for the PlanetA short video presentation from the Guardian’s UK technology editor Alex Hern, who examines how exactly bitcoin uses electricity and if the environmental cost is too high.
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