Student Engagement and Environmental Awareness Gen Z and Ecocomposition

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This article collaboration addresses the importance of contextualizing current climate change discussions in twenty-first-century ecocomposition classrooms. It specifically focuses on the practical significance of what students' writing and research can accomplish in and outside the classroom, and on how student involvement in the research process can create spaces for new awareness and renewed interest in active engagement with climate change discussions. The article references student projects exhibited at ClimateCon 2020, including one project that focused on Rachel Carson's ability to persevere despite the many challenges she faced. With ecocomposition as an entry point, the article shows the importance of continued education about the environment and climate change, getting involved with sustainable practices, engaging with environmental awareness campaigns, and, when needed, lobbying for readjusting corporate business practices to include sustainability efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-232
Number of pages14
JournalEnvironmental Humanities
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • Contextualized learning
  • Ecocomposition
  • climate change action
  • participatory engagement
  • rhetoric and environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Anthropology
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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