Episode 28: College Students Modeling Systems Change

Students 4 the Environment at University of Delaware

Students 4 the Environment at University of Delaware

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University campuses in the U.S. are the training grounds for collective action leading to systems changes. Since 2012, a group of students at the University of Delaware have taken on a big idea—to transform their large, lush, heavily chemically treated lawns into an organic public green. The Green the Green initiative has required thoughtful strategy, community building, public education, and lots of persistence. Climate advocates can learn a lot from their methods. Podcast host Peterson Toscano speaks with Sophie Phillips, a senior and the outgoing head of Students 4 the Environment. Sophie is in the process of handing over the work to sophomore CJ Krulewitch, who also talks about strategies and successes. They both offer advice for climate advocates.



Art House

The Thanksgiving holiday table can play host to some of the most dramatic family encounters all year. In his play “Dad,” theater student Dante Flores decides to magnify the tension. In this podcast episode, he talks about the setting, tone, and structure of his play. By putting the action on a repeat loop, he deepens the theater experience.


You are talking with your neighbor, Tabitha. She seems interested in your work as a climate advocate. You tell her about large solutions like Carbon Fee and Dividend. You are so excited to find someone who wants to know more. But then you notice Tabitha’s eyes start to glaze over. She interrupts you, saying, “This all sounds so important and overwhelming. But what does it mean for you and for me?”

Tabitha wants to better understand climate change. She doesn’t need more facts right now. She needs to hear some of your own story. How might you begin to shift the tone and and get personal with her? What does climate change mean for you? Let’s get personal.

Send Peterson your answers by October 15, 2018, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414 (+1 if calling from outside the USA). Don’t be anxious about the voicemailyou can leave as many versions of your answer as you like. If you stumble, try again until you feel comfortable with your answer.

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