Central APPALACHIA Expedition
Climate Change, Economics, and Community Leadership: Central Appalachia
Locations: NC, VA, WV, TN, KY
For: 15-18 year olds
What are the experiences of people that lead them to work for change?What are people/communities doing that makes them hopeful? How is crisis connected to change? How do local struggles and solutions connect to both crisis and opportunity in global systems?
This summer’s program will focus on learning about the history and roots of environmental justice* movements in Central Appalachia. We’ll do this by hearing perspectives from miners and union organizers, environmentalists and company executives, community activists and politicians, as well as by sharing meals, stories, and homes with people throughout the region. We will learn about the diverse cultural backgrounds of Appalachian communities, the challenges or struggles they may face, and community-based responses, solutions and activism.
Throughout this program, we will learn from and connect the dots between climate change activism, indigenous rights and racial justice movements, and workers’ rights struggles. We will reflect on the ways in which what we learn about in Appalachia is connected to each of our own communities at home.
Academic Courses Include
U.S. History, Natural Science, Economics and the Environment, Leadership and Change-making