Week 2: The Problem with Hope
• We Need Courage Not Hope to Face Climate Change, Kate Marvel, https://onbeing.org/blog/kate-marvel-we-need-courage-not-hope-to-face-climate-change/
• Is it Wrong to be Hopeful about Climate Change? Diego Arguedas Ortiz, https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200109-is-it-wrong-to-be-hopeful-about-climate-change
The climate crisis is as much as scientific crisis as it is a deeply personal, heartbreaking one. This extra-curricular course seeks to create a safe space to explore the deep emotionality of the crisis through the art of the personal essay, with the goal of finding our own personal voice and agency in the face of an existential threat. Because the personal is political, and the personal is powerful. Each week, we will explore personal essays that look at the crisis through a new lens, with an emphasis on emotional depth and marginalized communities to weave together a bigger picture. Students will be encouraged to journal and space will be made available to share from their own writings.