Dylan Velez

Dylan Velez
My name is Dylan Velez and I'm a current ENVS student student here at Lewis & Clark. I'm originally from Honoka'a, Hawai'i. I enjoy working on my family's small organic farm back home, and my specific interests in ENVS include indigenous environmentalism and giving a voice to historically marginalized people on environmental issues.

Course Summary

ENVS 160 is a course that encourages students to think critically about a wide variety of environmental issues and topics. It introduces many different viewpoints in the field, and teaches us that environmentalism is much more complex than many people would think. Some of the things we have covered in this course include the distinction between classic and contemporary environmental thought, how to conduct situated research, and the basics of good environmental scholarship. We have also begun to delve into environmental engagement. This is a process that involves creating meaningful and productive dialogues between people and organizations involved in environmental issues, even if those you are engaging with do not share all of your beliefs. This culminated in the creation of an engagement project proposal in the form of a poster. Overall, ENVS 160 weaves together many disciplines and cultural perspectives to add to our understanding of the environment.

Course Posts

Virtually Connecting With the PHCC

December 14, 2020

When we started this project proposal, our group wanted to contribute to the primary mission of the Portland Harbor Community Coalition (PHCC). According to their website, their primary mission is to “elevate the voices of communities most impacted by pollution in the Portland Harbor Superfund site, including Native, Black/African American, […]

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Environmental Research With a Purpose

November 15, 2020

Introduction  In the Situated Research overview, Jim Proctor asks, “What is good environmental research?” Environmentalists are constantly battling with this question. Today, we live in a world of information overload, where finding the truth has become an extremely difficult task. Therefore, we must rely on science even more. When it […]

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Searching for Solutions in a State of Liquid Modernity

October 14, 2020

Introduction Are you a classic or contemporary environmentalist? Many may not have an answer to this question, or even understand what it is asking. My group and I have spent the past few weeks asking ourselves this question. We developed a full understanding of both classic and contemporary thought to […]

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