Abby Guild

  • My name is Abby Guild and I am an environmental studies major and Spanish language minor at Lewis & Clark College. I'm originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I am especially interested in climate change, indigenous knowledge, and environmental justice issues.

    Course Summary

    Environmental engagement asks us to look past differences in opinion, background, or identity to find solutions to the problems that are affecting us all. So far, I've prepared for, participated in, and reflected on our reconnaissance trip, in which we discussed communication and engagement techniques of various organizations. We also got the chance to hear about the Willamette Valley's history from a PSU graduate student and a long-time Oregonian. Since that trip, I've been working with a couple of my fellow classmates on a partnership project with Oregon Humanities' Conversation Project. Through this partnership, I've learned about the importance of environmental engagement. This partnership and ENVS 295 has taught me strategies for communication and engagement that are applicable to all types of discussion and human interaction. Asking what is being communicated, who is engaging, and how to engage in a world of diversity and difference.

    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.

    Shedding Light on Inequity: Coronavirus and Environmental Racism

    May 1, 2020

    The recent coronavirus outbreak has permeated all aspects of our daily lives, especially the ways in which we engage with each other and the environment. As emissions decrease and pollution lessens, the “what” that we focus on is shifting from issues of environment to issues of environmental justice. But “who” […]

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    Engagement that Lasts

    April 20, 2020

    Engagement can be defined as conversation toward action. Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project focuses on the conversation aspect of engagement, bringing together community members to discuss issues of importance and of interest. The first part of our proposed project introduces a new conversation topic: What does it mean to be connected […]

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    Engaging to Understand: Connecting with Land

    April 14, 2020

    Our project focuses on creating a new Conversation Project to add to the many topics that Oregon Humanities already offers. This project would be region-specific, including participants from specified geographic regions instead of participants chosen by an organization or group. Our proposed conversation would function differently from the other conversations […]

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    Getting Online and Taking Down Barriers

    April 6, 2020

    Diversity in Engagement Engagement towards action is the ultimate goal of any facilitated conversation or dialogue in a diverse group of people. However, with hurdles standing in the way of participating in those conversations, how diverse can the group be? Oregon Humanities strives to bring together communities with the goal […]

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    Engagement for Understanding

    March 19, 2020

    Observing Engagement: Reconnaissance Trip We started off the year with our reconnaissance trip, in which we engaged with multiple organizations, including the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), the United States Forest Service, Oregon Farm Bureau/Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Willamette Egg Farms, and PCUN. We also got a background on […]

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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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    Accounting for All of Oregon’s History

    February 16, 2020

    Our Environmental Engagement class went on a trip to pursue different perspectives of past and current Oregon history as well as stances of environmental issues. We were given a presentation about the history of the Willamette Valley from Liza Schade, who is pursuing her masters in history at Portland State […]

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