One of our learning goals at Conserve School is for students to understand and critically evaluate the complexities of environmental issues, including their ethical dimensions, and advocate effectively for what they believe is just. On October 9th several students joined a seminar exploring the complex environmental and social issues indigenous people encounter. Students reflected on the history of indigenous people in North America and advocacy types that were demonstrated last year at Standing Rock Reservation.
To learn more about Indigenous People's Day, students discussed peaceful protest, the power of kindness and patience, as well as how advocacy can be a complex process when pursuing justice for a marginalized group of people. Also discussed were the many different narratives that often surround an issue and how these voices add to the complexities of solving issues. Students wanted to explore different ways advocacy and art can make effective change so they used screen printing as a form of creative expression.
On a sunny afternoon, students and staff gathered in the common space on campus and were ready to learn about screen printing. Students used a premade screen design, blue paint and paper to make posters. Students found the process to be very accessible and were planning other ways they could use screen printing to make their own unique posters and clothing. The students expressed their interest in using art in other ways to be creative and learn how groups of people have successfully advocated for environmental justice.
Story and photos by: Emily Hayne, Wilderness Stewardship Fellow.