Grant Shimizu

Grant Shimizu
I'm currently studying Biology and Environmental Studies at Lewis & Clark, where I am able to combine my interest in scientific research with my desire to learn about environmental issues from a more humanistic perspective.

Course Summary

Environmental Engagement, or ENVS 295, provides the tools to effectively communicate and collaborate with others regarding environmental issues that our society faces. This is done through an emphasis on working with fellow classmates, as well as professionals in related organizations. In a divided world, this course illustrates the importance of two-way dialogue in promoting greater understanding and ultimately, productivity. Applied learning is integrated into the course, as we conducted a reconnaissance trip and collaborated with partner organizations throughout the semester. This has allowed me to learn important strategies, such as what kinds of questions to ask others during engagement, how to be both a listener and speaker in an interaction, and understanding every individual’s stories, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

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.

What Is 2021 Even Going to Look Like?

May 6, 2020

Introduction With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting hard across the globe, lasting change is being created in many sectors of life and many individuals have been faced with adversity. Currently, we have been left wondering what the aftermath of this will be, when or if things will return to “normal”, and […]

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Trading Feedback and Input with Others

April 20, 2020

Through our partnership work with the Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB), we have decided to focus on the issue of cap and trade policy. More specifically, we are examining the differences in opinion between members of the OFB and members of the Oregon legislation, who are more in favor of the […]

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The “How” of Cap and Trade Engagement

April 13, 2020

The project we have chosen to pursue with our partner organization, the Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB), examines the topic of cap and trade and the differences in opinion among the OFB and Oregon lawmakers. Cap and trade aims to limit the emission of pollutants into the air, while also giving […]

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Connecting the Oregon Farm Bureau to Our Community

April 6, 2020

Introduction This proposed partner organization engagement project aims to examine the spectrum of opinions and values regarding the education system of Oregon. Here, I propose a collaborative project that would include members of the Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB), including president Barb Iverson, as well as a number of stakeholders. These […]

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Examining the Landscape of Environmental Engagement

March 23, 2020

Introduction to the Course Ultimately, the goal of this environmental engagement course is to provide us with the tools and strategies to effectively do so in an academic setting and carry this out into the real world. We must take into consideration that every student has come from a unique […]

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Pl”how”ing the Fields of Engagement

March 13, 2020

Three Models of Engagement Within engagement, there are three models of communication: the classical (deficit) model, the framing model, and the contemporary (dialogic) model. The classical model presents environmental issues as apocalyptic and attempts to provoke fear/emotion by sharing the most shocking facts with the public. Al Gore’s An Inconvenient […]

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Who Plants Ideas, and Who Waters Them?

March 10, 2020

Who’s Who? In the Hidden Tribes of America test, we thought that the general spectrum of our country’s political views were well-represented, even if the categories were broad. The test also showed the percentages of people that make up these categories, from progressive activist to devoted conservative. This illustrated the […]

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Seeing the World Through Sunglasses vs. Safety Goggles: How Post-Truth Affects Agricultural Politics

March 2, 2020

Post-Truth in the U.S. and Globally Politicians are notorious for lying, and this is acknowledged by many. Even some of their supporters are aware of their deviance from the truth, yet are indifferent about it. According to “Trump Is Waiting and He Is Ready,”  an opinion piece by Thomas B. […]

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Farming Progress Through Effective Action

February 25, 2020

On Effective Altruism According to the Introduction to Effective Altruism, EA is the use of research, evidence, and reasoning to figure out how to help others as much as possible. It means choosing wisely in important situations, and donating to causes that are urgent, but often neglected. The article mentioned […]

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