How can short stories promote environmental care?

Project Objective 

The project aims to promote awareness on environmental care through literature. Specifically, it seeks to empower students to inspire the youth of their respective communities/localities to care for the environment by creating and sharing a portfolio of short stories that address specific environmental issues/concerns they usually encounter.

Deforestation in Pegu Yoma, Myanmar

Project Overview

This project is entitled SEAGE (Sharing Environmental Awareness, Promoting Southeast Asian Change). As its name suggests, it seeks to promote awareness and care on social issues such as environmental concerns among secondary school/high school students through the aid of literature, particularly, short stories that are written and presented in a form of portfolio. It also enables teachers to execute a pedagogical innovation by making literature an instrument in promoting a concept which is usually being discussed in disciplines/subjects such as science and technology. Interestingly, this project is made more available to teachers and students who have limited access to high technology because it only involves local and simple resources.

Burning of forest and peatland in Indonesia

Project Description

Flooding becomes more frequent in Bangkok due to unplanned development

Through the years, our biophysical environment has been facing a lot of issues that deplete our natural resources and affect our livelihoods. These concerns often include pollution, flood, drought or inadequate access to water, deforestation, public health issue, loss of biodiversity, waste disposal, global warming and climate change. As our actions, such as scientific innovations have not been enough for the past decades to address these problems, education now undoubtedly plays a pivotal role in promoting awareness among our local communities and in discovering possible solutions from the perspective of the youth of today’s generation. Thus, there’s a need to recalibrate our thoughts and reorient ourselves that the conceptualization and rationalization of the possible solutions to these concerns cannot only be found through science related means but also, in humanities and social sciences, especially in the field of literature. This is because of the absolute truth that not all students, especially those who are coming from distant places have equal access to technology whenever they would like to suggest and share new insights in addressing the issues of our environment. No matter how good an idea is, it will not be put into action if there’s not enough opportunity to introduce it to the public. Thus, literature, in the form of short stories written and produced in the classroom, can then be of great help in identifying, suggesting and promoting simple yet effective solutions to various environmental problems in the most creative means that the students could have.

Target students

A portfolio of short stories about environmental issues (maximum of 2000 words for every story) 

secondary school and high school students taking English Language and/or literature subject

Final Product

Flooding becomes more frequent in Bangkok due to unplanned development

Drought ravages Laotian rice fields: only 40 per cent of land is cultivable

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