Alexandra Cortes

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    Course Summary

    The bases of our classes, Environmental Engagement 295, is learning about how to engage with different people and different communities when it comes to environmental issues. This means to include people's ideologies, opinions, stories and beliefs into consideration when it comes to making policies and taking action. In accomplishing this, classmates and I have been posting on this site on behalf of environmental based organizations based on how they are working in achieving their goals, while we also add considerations as to how they could do better. Through this process I have learned to have patience when it comes to talking to others about environmental issues and how to combat them. There is no time to waste in arguing the steps of action to take but what should matter more is the goal itself, whatever it is that'll get us there.

    Engagement Partnership

    One important part of ENVS 295 is an environmental engagement partnership with a Portland-area organization. The page linked above offers information and resources I helped compile for my organizational partner this semester.

    Engagement Project

    Building on the engagement partnership above, our team developed a related engagement project in collaboration with the partner. The page linked above offers details on our engagement project.

  • My Course Posts

    I've done a series of posts throughout the semester related to readings, our partnership, our project, and my thoughts on environmental engagement. See below for all posts I've published, in reverse order by date.

    Will A Global Pandemic Spur a Green Revolution?

    May 6, 2020

    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there seems to be only negative things to hear and watch wherever you go. But as weird as it may sound, there have been positive stories that have been caused by the pandemic. There have been videos and photos going viral of the […]

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    Asking for Feedback Towards our Engagement Project

    April 16, 2020

    Since our project proposal is based on adding onto the original idea of Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, as a team we want to make sure that our proposal is useful and as effective as it possibly can. In order to achieve this, we have planned for three groups of people […]

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    Incorporating More Voices Into Virtual Discussion

    April 7, 2020

    Our project that we propose will continue the overall mission of Oregon Humanities in creating dialogue between people who are unlikely will meet and discuss current issues. Under the current situation with COVID-19, these discussions can no longer happen in person which is why Oregon Humanities is going virtual with […]

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    Inventing New Ways in Helping with Oregon Humanities

    April 6, 2020

    Introduction Working with Oregon Humanities has opened all of our minds as to a non-common way in engaging with environmental issues. Yet, the importance of having discussion such as the ones at the Conversation Project can be the spark that is needed right before taking action and policies can be […]

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    Reflecting on Environmental Engagement

    March 22, 2020

    Class Introduction Wanting to major in Environmental Studies for me is being able to make a positive impact on the natural world. Whether through conservation or political activism, I knew going into college what I wanted to study. As my second environmental studies class, I didn’t hear much about the […]

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    How to Exchange Ideas, Not Enforce Them

    March 10, 2020

    Models of Environmental Communication The three models of environmental communication are the classical (deficit) model, the framing model, and the contemporary (dialogic) model. The classical model relies on the assumption that the public can be inspired towards action by using apocalyptic tones and innately shocking statistics. Addressing inadequate scientific understanding […]

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    Oregon Who-manities?

    March 5, 2020

    Stakeholders Influence in Engagement A stakeholder is defined in Luyet et al. (2012) as people “any group of people organized, who share a common interest or stake in a particular issue or system.” Furthermore, these stakeholders are people who “influence and share control over development initiatives and the decision and […]

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    Can Conversation Save Our Post-Truth World?

    March 2, 2020

    Roles of Post-Truth in America We live in a post-truth world. It’s impossible to know who and what to trust, especially as perpetuation of twisted and inaccurate narratives in both the media and in politics is becoming normalized. Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has employed tactics such as double-talk and transgressive […]

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    Will Conversations Save the Planet?

    February 25, 2020

    Effective Altruism: The Good, Bad, & Ugly As a framework for action, effective altruism has both many benefits and drawbacks. According to the philosophy, it is important to prioritize issues that cause a significant impact on many peoples’ lives, are not addressed to the degree that they warrant, and are […]

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    Engagement Visit With PCUN

    February 18, 2020

    Our Visit In this ever fracturing world, opportunities for meaningful engagement seem to have become fewer and more far between. With this in mind, our Environmental Engagement (ENVS295) class embarked on a two day field trip around the Columbia Gorge and Willamette Valley in order to meet and discuss with […]

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