Becoming an Environmental Activist | Part I (C018) is an Enrichment Programme Unit for students who would like to be agents of change in relation to environmental issues.
By the end of this unit, students should be able to:
- define environmental activism and explore the role of environmental activists within the local and global scenario
- engage in both theoretical and practical aspects of environmental activism
- prepare interview questions in order to gain knowledge on environmental activism from local activists
- appreciate the role of different local environmental activists and NGOs
- carry out research in order to find out which local and global environmental issues are of most concern to JC students
- carry out research in order to gain objective and scientific knowledge on the environmental issues identified
- prepare information material such as leaflets, fb/Instagram posts, short video clips, notice board material to be used at JC/ with JC students to raise awareness and interest on the environmental concerns identified (also in preparation for the Environmental Festival if the student enrols for Part II)
- contact and liaise with local environmental NGOs in order to enhance the dissemination of knowledge on environmental issues at JC (also in preparation for the Environmental Festival if the student enrols for Part II)
- evaluate whether one is willing to be an active participant in the Environmental Festival
- assess how one could be of example to others, namely by identifying practises that one could adopt in order to be more environmentally friendly
- carry out a self-evaluation exercise in order to identify the skills acquired after the completion of this programme.
21st century skills addressed in the unit:
- Scientific literacy
- ICT literacy
- Cultural & Civic literacy
- Critical thinking
- Social & Cultural awareness
Duration and frequency of sessions
1 or 2 hours every fortnight.
Total duration of the EPU
Proposed day and time
Wednesday at 14:00 but it may be changed in accordance with other available slots.
Maximum marks possibly earned in this EPU: 5 marks
Students are expected to attend all activities, workshops and sessions as outlined here. Details of the sessions may be altered depending on the needs of the students and of the EPU. The units shall be typically divided as follows:
- 1x1 hour. Introductory seminar - What does it involve to be an environmental activist?
- 1x2 hours. Workshop - Meeting local environmental activists.
- 1x2 hours. Brainstorming/ survey with JC students - Identifying environmental issues that are of concern to JC students.
- 1x2 hours. Secondary research on the issues identified.
- 1x2 hours. Preparing information and promotional material to raise awareness on the various issues and raise interest in the themes that will feature in the festival. Identifying organisations which raise awareness on these issues and which can participate in the festival. Identifying students who will prepare speeches and themes.
- 1x1 hour - Workshop - How activists could be of example to others – How to practice what you preach. Final evaluation on skills obtained.
Students are required to collaborate with other participants in order to carry out a survey in order to identify the local and global environmental issues that are of concern to JC students, carry out scientific research on the issues identified, and prepare at least one resource which helps raise awareness and interest on these issues. On a personal level, students will evaluate whether they are interested in participating in the Environmental Festival (Part II) and thus practise environmental activism, propose how they could be of example to others by adopting more environmentally friendly practises and finally identify the skills gained through participating in this programme.
Subject to the approval of the SOK Coordinator, this unit may be used as part of SOK project if taken up with the EPU: Becoming an environmental activist Part II or if the student is also a member of the Environmental Committee.
Full registration is through an interview. Student must register first by clicking REGISTER below to be called in for an interview.
No registration/participation fees are required.
Ms Jacqueline Rotin