This discussion-based activity introduces students to a range of environmental ideologies and how they are expressed as “stories we live by” in the media. Environmental ideologies are core beliefs about the relationship between humans and the more-than-human world and are at the basis of evaluating environmental justice. Ranging from anthropocentric to ecocentric, environmental ideologies are usually taken for granted but are at the root of how we value and act upon the environment. These ideologies are commonly conveyed through “stories we live by,” which are narratives shared among individuals across a culture that shape their collective understanding.
Students discuss and evaluate media texts from advertising, popular culture, entertainment, and news media to identify different environmental ideologies and to critique them according to eco-ethical values.