Course Name: Welcome to the Party: Go Green!
Instructor: James Wright
You’re green. I’m green. We’ve all gone green. Wal-Mart even sells green. What’s all this about? In his essay “205 Easy Ways to Save the Earth,” Thomas Friedman tells us that “thinking about how to live and work in a greener fashion—with cleaner electrons, greater energy and resource productivity, and an ethic of conservation—is being popularized and democratized.” This trend raises some important questions: What does “going green” mean? Should we all agree on a definition? How have the media, markets, politicians, and corporations shaped or confused our notions of the green lifestyle? In this course, we will explore the rhetoric surrounding the popularization of conservation. We will research and write our way into a fuller understanding of the many influences defining and directing the national and global effort to live responsibly.