Lauren McClanahan

Western Reads to hold panels on environmental science ethics and social justice

Western Today staff

Professionals from diverse fields will combine their expertise to lead discussions about environmental science ethics and social justice issues as part of Western Washington University’s Fall 2013 Western Reads Program.

The panel discussions are free and open to the public.

Environmental Science and Ethics: 4-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 in Academic Instructional Center West 204, and 7-8:30 p.m. at Village Books in Fairhaven.


Meeting to help plan the future of sustainability curriculum at Western

Western Today staff

Since the Sustainability Academy formed in 2009 at Western Washington University, much has changed. The campus now has a course offering in sustainability literacy that introduces first- and second-year students to the multidisciplinary aspects of systems and integrative thinking. In addition, Provost Catherine Riordan has committed funds to furthering development of ideas. But more is happening.


WWU prof sheds light on drastic climate change in Alaska, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia

Northwest Asian Weekly
The human race has been considered a race of hunter–gatherers. Groups that lived inland hunted wild animals and when the opportunity presented itself, they fished in lakes and rivers. Alternatively, groups that lived by a coast relied far more heavily on fish from the ocean, naturally leading to the formation of villages near rivers that led to oceans to maintain a food supply. In America, climate change is commonly, and simply, viewed as hot summers and cold winters. However, for some groups that have maintained the hunter–gatherer lifestyle, climate change is potentially devastating. Western Washington University professor Lauren McClanahan recently experienced the effects of climate change in Alaska, Mongolia, and Sri Lanka first-hand.

Tracking climate change lands McClanahan in Mongolia

Photo by Lauren McClanahan

Photo by Lauren McClanahan

Photo by Lauren McClanahan

Matthew Anderson
Western Today editor

Three years ago, Lauren McClanahan gave a trio of high schoolers in the tiny fishing village of Kwigillingok, Alaska, a voice.

Growing up on the coast of the Bering Sea, the kids have been staring into the warm, frightening face of climate change for years. The permafrost is melting and an uneven mist is present much of the year. Invasive species have begun to appear, and once-migratory birds have refused to leave.


Lauren McClanahan presents analysis of Sustainability Education Summer Institute at conference

Lauren McClanahan (Secondary Education)

Western Today staff

Lauren McClanahan (Secondary Education) and Gilda Wheeler, from the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, presented "An Analysis of the First Annual Sustainability Education Summer Institute (SESI)" at the 6th Annual Globalization, Diversity and Education conference, held Feb. 25 to 27, 2010 in Spokane.


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