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Multicultural Environmental Education (Winter/Spring 1996)

Vol.6, No.2 & 3: Winter/Spring 1996

Multicultural environmental education is not merely environmental education with multicultural populations or "audiences" nor is it "urban environmental education with multicultural populations."  It is rather a very new kind of environmental education, where content is influenced by and taught from multiple cultural perspectives.  It is conscious of its own cultural  perspectives and of the function that it has in the world and in the lives of diverse students and communities.  As the nation's schoolrooms and communities become more diverse and value their diversity, environmental education must evolve as it encounters new cultural realities in specific community contexts.

There are many themes and subthemes running through this issue: the emerging dialogue between environmental education and environmental justice; the experimental attempts of environmental educators to authentically work at the community level; and others.  But one of the most significant themes is the integrative dynamic of culture, ecology and community that is evident in each article.  This dynamic is the foundation for a new paradigm for environmental education.  Educators and activists at the grassroots level in communities around the country are creating it.  Here are some of their fears, hopes, struggles, successes and stories.

This Journal can be used in a number of ways.  Environmental studies programs can use it for course readers.  Environmental education programs can use it for training purposes by having staff read and discuss articles.  Classroom teachers can use it for practical ideas for their students.  Activists can use it for networking purposes.  Make it a part of your work and let us know of its usefulness and meaning to you.

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1  Editor's Notes
     by Running-Grass

3  Making Multicultural Environmental Education a Reality
     by Dorceta E. Taylor

6  Environment: Where We Live, Work, Play and Learn
     by Charles Lee

8  Instrumental Values of Destruction
     by Bunyan Bryant


11 Youth Spirit Rising: Urban Environmental Activists
     by Deborah Leta Habib

14 First Person: Antonia Darder
     Interview by Cristina Valdez

17 Understanding Culture, Humanities & Environmental Justice
     by Carl Anthony


19 Environmental Justice Activism Triumphs
     by Running-Grass and Max Weintraub

22 Place and Diverse Communities
     by Tahnit Sakakeeny

25 Puget Sound Youth Stewardship Program
     by Lela Hilton

27 Environmental Justice Education Initiatives
     by Cynthia Williams Mendy

29 The Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project
     by Jo-Ann S. Henry

31 Richmond's Laotians: Putting a Community on the Map
     by Aiko Pandorf

32 On the Laotian Community
     by Bouapha Toommaly


33 Reflections on Identity, Place and Community
     by Elizabeth Ann Hass

35 The Terrain of Exclusion
     by Jacquelyn Denise Ruffin

38 Watercycles: Learning by Color
     by Maya Khosla

40 Past and Present on a Louisiana Landscape
     by Shirley E. Thompson

Youth Voices

43 Youth for Habitat II Program
     by Manaukaskar Kublall

44 The XCEL Program: San Rafael High School, California
     by Oakland Seligson

45 The Scoop on Groups
     by Deepali Potdar

Curricula and Resources

46 An Environmental Justice Strategy Game
     by Steve Chase

48 Upward Bound: Environmental Justice Video Course
     by Mark Spencer

49 Resources for Multicultural Environmental Education