Digging In

About

I first became interested in the intersection of environmental issues and education while working towards my PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research focused on how high school teachers and curricula convey messages about global climate change and how we should respond to it.

During the course of this research, I became acutely aware of the fact that we are now living in a Wisconsin whose climate behaves in fundamentally different ways than the Wisconsin in which I grew up. Moreover, I have come to believe that our society is falling short in preparing youth and adults alike for life on planet Eaarth1I borrow the term “Eaarth” from Bill McKibben’s book Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Eaarth, according to McKibben, looks a lot like Earth; however, the amount of melting, burning, drying, and flooding make it a distinctly new planet..

This awakening, paired with the birth of our son, filled me with a sense of urgency to rethink how our communities operate so that all inhabitants can thrive in the face of climate change and other massive global transitions. I am passionate about building our communities’ capacity for social and environmentally-just climate resilience through community-wide education efforts.

I currently live with my wife, son, and dog in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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1. I borrow the term “Eaarth” from Bill McKibben’s book Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Eaarth, according to McKibben, looks a lot like Earth; however, the amount of melting, burning, drying, and flooding make it a distinctly new planet.

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  1. Alysa Remsburg

    Just finally discovered this after seeing the La Crosse Tribune editorial. I wish I’d been following it sooner! The editorial looked really clear and hit the most essential points. Congratulations and thanks for doing it!

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