January 19, 2018

Teaching EH: Politics and Environmentalism

Lucas A. Sprouse & Dr. Lisa Brady
Environmental History Boise State University


“Politics and Environmentalism” encourages students to better understand the perceived polarization of the environmental movement. This unit specifically looks at how modern presidents have impacted environmentalism, what impact Earth Day celebrations have had on the environmental movement, and the hesitancy of conservatives to embrace the environmental movement. These lessons were created to benefit university educators from multiple disciplines,and they can be utilized individually or as a unit. Each lesson plan contains analytical questions for class discussion and two activities. While the activities were created for groups, many of them can be made into individual projects or assignments. As a whole, these lessons encourage students to analyze the evolution and perceived polarization of the environmental movement.

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