Educational activities such as presentations, discussion groups, workshops, seminars and film showings, are central to the mission of CommunEcos! Our goals are to inform and engage with the broader public about the issues of sustainability, corporate power, and social justice that characterize our contemporary, deeply unequal, wasteful economy and political system based on the premise of infinite expansion and growth on a finite planet.
The issues that we most closely focus on in our educational work are sustainable futures around:
- furthering autonomous, local and organic food systems
- promoting renewable and local green energy systems
- protecting the biodiversity of the planet’s damaged marine ecosystems
- furthering the great variety of commons in which people both share and protect finite natural, social, intellectual, and cultural resources
- enhancing local and community economies based on non-waged and non-industrial forms of fulfilling work, reciprocity, and equality along the lines of class, race and gender.
In June 2016 our instructors taught a 2-week sustainable education workshop series for teens at the Durham Main Public Library titled: “Green Teens: Getting Right with the Earth.” Every class had a hands-on activity and the series included themes on nature’s cycles, climate change, solar energy, recycling, organic gardening, healthy food, clean transportation and conserving water resources.
Our Events page has more info on educational events. Please see our Sustain workshop page, projects page, and our history page for more detail on educational programming and collaborations, including our participation in the DERC/Forest Foundation’s green jobs training and the recent renewable energy seminar with the NC School of Science and Mathematics