Education

Education

Climate Justice Curriculum

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Drawing inspiration from a long history of social justice movements and building upon an existing University of California online course called Bending the Curve, we are currently developing a transformative and interactive Climate Justice course for UC undergraduate students. Lectures will be delivered by a diverse group of faculty members and will explore topics that center the disproportionate impacts of climate change on low-income communities and communities of color. By centering these perspectives within our curriculum, we believe this course will attract more underrepresented minorities to the climate field.

This project holds that in addition to the important task of raising students’ awareness around climate science and systemic injustice, education designed to encourage community building and to cultivate students’ inner resilience and sense of agency is central for long-term engagement with climate justice work. We see this curriculum as an effective strategy to mobilize students toward equitable climate action that supports our vision of a world where extractive systems and economies have been transformed into ones that are regenerative, equitable, and support the sustained wellbeing of all life.

Instructors

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Tracey Osborne

Associate Professor
UC Merced
Lecture: “What is Climate Justice”

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Morgan Levy

Assistant Professor
UC San Diego
Lecture: “Climate Change 101”

Sarah Ray

Sarah Ray

Professor
CSU Humboldt
“Feeling Climate: An Emotional Toolkit for an Uncertain Future”

Nicole Seymour

Nicole Seymour

Associate Professor
CSU Fullerton
Lecture: “Feeling Climate: An Emotional Toolkit for an Uncertain Future"

Julie Sze

Julie Sze

Professor
UC Davis
Lecture: “Roots and Shoots: Deep Interconnections of Social, Environmental, and Climate Justice Movements”

David Pellow

David Pellow

Professor
UC Santa Barbara
Lecture: “Exploring the Roots of Climate Injustice and the Quest for Climate Justice”

Jade Sasser

Jade Sasser

Associate Professor
UC Riverside
Lecture: “Incorporating Gender into Climate Justice: An Intersectional Perspective"

Rachel MFrosch

Rachel Morello Frosch

Professor
UC Berkeley
Lecture: “The Climate Gap: Connecting Equity and Sustainability to Advance Environmental Justice”

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Rupa Marya

Associate Professor
UC San Francisco
Lecture: “Colonial Capitalism, Inflammatory Disease and Climate Change”

Elizabeth Hoover

Elizabeth Hoover

Associate Professor
UC Berkeley
Lecture: “Indigenous Climate Action"

Beth Rose Middleton

Beth Rose Middleton

Professor
UC Davis
Lecture: “Cultural Burning as Climate Adaptation”

Crystal Kolden

Crystal Kolden

Associate Professor
UC Merced
Lecture: “Who Burns? Wildfire Mitigation and Climate Justice”

Liz Carlisle

Liz Carlisle

Assistant Professor
UC Santa Barbara
Lecture: “Healing Grounds: Climate, Justice and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Agriculture"

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Tracey Osborne

Associate Professor
UC Merced
Lecture: "Climate Change Mitigation in Tropical Forests"

Clare Cannon

Clare Cannon

Assistant Professor
UC Davis
Lecture: “Community Resilience and Adaptation: Advancing Climate Justice”

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Jonathan London

Associate Professor
UC Davis
Lecture: “Community Power, Adaptation and Resilience”

Kian Goh

Kian Goh

Assistant Professor
UC Los Angeles
Lecture: “Urban Resilience and Climate Justice”

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Sikina Jinnah

Associate Professor
UC Santa Cruz
Lecture: “Global Climate Politics: Institutions and Responsibility”

Fonna Forman

Fonna Forman

Associate Professor
UC San Diego
Lecture: “Climate Migration and Refugees: Planet on the Move”

Richard Norgaard

Richard Norgaard

Professor Emeritus
UC Berkeley
Lecture: “Economics & Climate Change”

Samantha Murray

Samatha Murray

Executive Director, Masters of Advanced Studies Program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
UC San Diego
Lecture: “Climate Change and Oceans”

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Daniel Kammen

Professor
UC Berkeley
Lecture: “Investing and Implementing the Just Energy Transition”

Carol Zabin

Carol Zabin

Director, Green Economy Program
UC Berkeley
Lecture: “Putting California on the High Road: A Jobs and Climate Action Plan”

John Foran

John Foran

Professor
UC Santa Barbara
Lecture: “No Future Without Us! The Global Climate Justice Movement”

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Mike Méndez

Assistant Professor
UC Irvine
Lecture: “Climate Justice from the Streets"

TJ Demos

TJ Demos

Professor
UC Santa Cruz
Lecture: “Climate Justice Now! Contemporary Art, Climate Emergency and Radical Futures”

Project Team

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Tracey Osborne

Director
UC Center for Climate Justice

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Sarah DuRoff

Program Coordinator
UC Center for Climate Justice

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Nicole Rangel

Postdoctoral Scholar
UC Center for Climate Justice