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Contemporary Environmental Issues class at CCS

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Charles Maloney, owner of Day Spring Farm in West Point, talks to CCS students.
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Ronny Russell, Farm Manager at Corbin Hall Farm in Water View, poses with the class.
Students in Dave Cola’s Contemporary Environmental Issues class at Christchurch School are using the school’s “place” to learn about regional, national and international environmental issues. The class is visiting locally to better understand sustainability associated with the common resources and industries – food, water, shelter – upon which we all depend.

Trips have included the local landfill and two local farms. The group will also visit the local municipal wastewater treatment plant in Urbanna as they investigate water and drinking water. The final two projects of the year will focus on fisheries in the Rappahannock River and local/regional/national politics associated with contemporary living issues. The group will visit local watermen, national fishery regulation officers, and the mayor of Urbanna.

The course will conclude with a student-directed project that will address social, economic and environmental sustainability issues at Christchurch School.

“The idea is for the students to think globally and act locally,” says teacher and CCS Watershed Coordinator Dave Cola.  The concept of using “place” to study and make connections with regional, national and international issues is found throughout the school’s Great Journeys curriculum.

posted 04.28.2010

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