Cole Jacobs



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    Course Summary

    ENVS 295 is about the importance of engagement with people we don't always agree with in environmental issues. Engagement consists of dialogic conversations with people on the other side of the spectrum, rather than telling people what the facts are, as well as generally including everyone as a stakeholder in the conversation. In ENVS 295 so far, we have learned about about many different facets of engagement, completing digital scholarship posts on a myriad of pertinent topics. We have relating what we have learned to our partnership projects, where we are hoping to partner with a local organization for an ongoing project. We have learned about the importance of dialogic communication rather than a deficit or framing model, the current post-truth era, effective action, how to implement scientific knowledge, and about the vast variety of views people have in the U.S and around the world.

    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.

    Feedback for the Fish

    April 21, 2020

    The main goal our team has set our eyes on is how to create a forum about the Columbia River salmon controversy where different stakeholders have the chance to express their views and objectives while hearing conflicting ones. This would hopefully help the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, which we […]

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    Salmon: It’s What’s For Dinner

    April 13, 2020

    Salmon have been in the Pacific Northwest for ages, including the Columbia River Drainage Basin, with millions of these large fish inhabiting its waters. Salmon are a vital part of the PNW ecosystem, as they are a keystone species that 137 other species depend on for nutrients (Rahr, 2016). However, […]

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    Visiting the Site of the Crime: Educating With CRITFC

    April 6, 2020

    What does sharing salmon culture mean, and why is it important?  The Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission serves to ensure that Native American treaty rights are protected so that they are able to fish at all usual and accustomed places. They specifically serve and work with the native Yakama, Warm Springs, […]

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    A Plurality of Truths: Engagement in the Context of Climate Change

    March 23, 2020

    Why Engagement? Climate change, with so many different effects and potential ways look at and deal with them (Nordaus and Trembath 2019), is our world’s most important and pressing issue. There are mountains of evidence showing frightening numbers, predictions, and all sorts of varying effects, from mass extinction to an […]

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    It’s a Two-Way Street: How to Communicate

    March 10, 2020

    There are a myriad of environmental issues that concern today’s world, and making sure everybody is aware of them is a key step in solving them. However, getting the message across to spread awareness is not as simple as just telling people these issues exist. There are three models of […]

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    CRITFC: Who’s In and Who’s Out?

    March 5, 2020

    When looking at the “Who” of environmental engagement, there are two considerations to take into account: how similar or different do groups compare to one another, and identifying stakeholders. In understanding who’s involved in engagement, it is important to be able to identify valid stakeholders. In a general sense, stakeholders […]

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    Facts or Fiction? The Era of Post-Truth and Columbia River Salmon

    March 2, 2020

    Situating the “What” of Engagement In engaging with any community, group, or stakeholder, there must be a defined what in the means of connection. In terms of environmental engagement, the what means what environmental issue we are engaging in discussion about. We will be discussing how the what of engagement […]

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    How CRITFC Acts Effectively

    February 20, 2020

    In an article by Vox, Dylan Matthews is frustrated by his realization that most companies do not seem as if their goal is to focus on the issues that matter most. The idea of effective action, or effective altruism, is to focus on the issues that seemingly matter the most, […]

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    Collaboration at the Fire Station

    February 18, 2020

    Introduction Our Environmental Engagement class, ENVS 295, went on a reconnaissance trip to encounter various environmental conflicts in Oregon that represent opportunities for inclusive engagement across differences. One of the presentations we experienced on the trip involved The Hood River Forest Collaborative (HRFC). The group presented in the form of […]

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