Gil Odgers



  • I'm Gil, a Lewis and Clark ENVS undergrad from LA. I'm a big fan of growing food in weird ways and looking at birds. I have a bunch of learning disabilities but college will have to pry my desire to learn stuff from my cold hands.

    Course Summary

    ENVS 295 for me, is what it says on the tin: Environmental Engagement. That's true except for the fact that the phrase "Environmental Engagement" could mean anything. More accurately, it is the liberal arts education pinnacle. It is a class where you try to reach out to others with empathy and knowledge in the aim to make our earth more livable, and our lives more connected. In 295, I have grown as a person and as an advocate for the environment. My involvement with the partnership with the Oregon Farm Bureau has given me a greater understanding of those I would have previously not agreed with. On a less poetic note, I've learned a lot about digital scholarship and communication, and I'm pretty good at actor-network maps.

    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.

    Anyone Can Farm: Making the Oregon Farm Bureau More About Farming and Less About Anything Else

    April 27, 2020

    In our Interview with Barb Iverson, current president of the Oregon Farm Bureau, we asked her about the OFB’s stated stance on issues such as cap and trade and GMOs. She was concise and could back up many of the policies, but she began to waver when it came to […]

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    Fragmented Reflections: Looking Back on Environmental Engagement

    April 25, 2020

    Just to get it out of the way: I’ve never been a very engaged person. In some ways, I’m clinically disengaged, and it dramatically affects my college experience. I don’t pick how or when or to what extent I engage with people and things. So I knew that environmental engagement would […]

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    Finding A Middle Ground For Cap And Trade

    April 20, 2020

    Through future work with the Oregon Farm Bureau and Oregon legislators, we hope to facilitate conversations that foster a mutual understanding between the two stakeholders on the issue of cap and trade. Both farmers and legislators will have an opportunity to share their unique stories and perspectives on the issue […]

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    Tallying the Harvest: How We Can Assess Our Goals

    April 20, 2020

    As a team, we have set three goals for our engagement project which is a conversation based project involving Oregon farmers and legislators and the subject of cap and trade. In short, our project goals are 1-foster mutual understanding, 2- find a middle ground and 3-result in fair cap 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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    Lawmakers Say “Who?”: Making Cap and Trade a Conversation

    April 13, 2020

    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 activists to devoted conservatives. This illustrated the highly polarized […]

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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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    Thoughts From Wooden Shoe: CBD, Tulips, and The Oregon Farm Bureau

    February 21, 2020

    On January 31st of 2020, a few dozen college students comprising the Lewis and Clark environmental engagement set out on an overnight reconnaissance trip to try to grasp what environmental engagement is and how to do it. Our class arrived at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm on the morning of day […]

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