This collection of autoethnographic eco-poetry offers a pedagogical vision for environmental education in an age of Climate Change (and its denial). The poems reflect on the author’s 10+ years of teaching environmental storytelling. Differing in tone and thematic and emotive imprint (ruminative, conciliatory, angry, deliberative), these autoethnographic eco-poems offer entry points for the reader/educator to engage with the coming crises of Climate Change in their own lives and work. The poems reflect on the complex, contested, and incomplete journey of the author in seeking, implementing, and developing a pedagogy of investment in and for students of media—and ecology (the author teaches in both a school of communication and ecology). The poems are “Interventions” in every sense of the word—political, ecological, pedagogical, and, above all, personal.
Re-making the World: Autoethnographic Interventions
Anandam Kavoori is professor and director of the Environmental Communication Program at the University of Georgia, Athens. He grew up in a community surrounded by a thorn scrub forest of Gujarat, India (his father was a rural development officer). This sparse, parched land shaped his love for nature. In 2014, he began teaching environmental storytelling (https://envtjour.uga.edu/) with courses taught on the Georgia coast, Costa Rica, and Austria. These poems emerge from that experience, and are autoethnographic in specific ways. The poem “Silence” refers to the authors decision to finally engage with Climate Change directly in the classroom, in public forums and on a personal level, rather than side-stepping a hot political issue. The poem “The Coming of Truth” and “Keeping [U.S.] America the Beautiful” engages with his attempts at finding a pedagogical approach in his teaching of Climate Change. The poem “The Future” reflects his darkest moments, when he feels that human greed and the politics of Climate Change will not allow for a future for his—and all the other children—of Earth.
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Anandam Kavoori; Re-making the World: Autoethnographic Interventions. Journal of Autoethnography 1 July 2021; 2 (3): 290–292. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2021.2.3.290
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