Abstract

A convergence of concern about climate change, the desire to engage students in more substantive critical discourse about climate (in)action, and the need for more generative responses kindled the creation of the transdisciplinary, university-wide Climate Stories Collaborative at Appalachian State University. We share the origin, rationale, and activities of the Collaborative, including the classroom experiences of several faculty participants. By storying climate through a variety of creative media, faculty and students develop a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the complex, global-scale phenomenon of climate change and of how people perceive, experience, and respond to it. As people across campus participate in the Collaborative, they deepen their empathy and their sense of agency, becoming more engaged actors in this time of climate disruption.

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