ENVS 300: Approaching Sustainability from the Roots
During the spring semesters of 2019, 2020, and 2021 as a Professor of the Practice at Middlebury College I designed and taught "Approaching Sustainability from the Roots" in the Environmental Studies Program.
The course explores ancients texts, indigenous ways of being, social and climate justice, dominant worldviews, systems theories, economics, social impacts of all media in order to consider what is missing from today's sustainability pracatices and movements that should be re-learned to re-imagine a world where planetary and human health are the metrics of success.
For 12 weeks each student commits to a contemplative practice and to studying Lao Tzu's Daode Jing. They are asked to integrate this practice into their personal inquiries to make visible the well-being of the individual as the root of our inter-dependent and inter-connected collective health and species viability.