Fostering exploratory conversations around ethics, impact and our students' sense of personal agency is at the heart of this idea. To foster a relationship to both our natural and manmade environments, and to do so in a way that encompasses intentional, aesthetic choices, is to allow for our students to really connect with something they may not know they care about in a creative way. This encompasses teaching engagement, not spectatorship. Students can begin to think about creative solutions to issues that warrant the innovation necessary to implement sustainable change in today's world while creating work with purpose.
Perhaps this involves building cairns on campus while we consider our impact on the environment, or carrying a day's garbage in order to publicly highlight our rate of consumption. Perhaps this means exploring societal inequities, environmental issues, or issues of food democracy through research, immersion, and student-driven visual commentary. Regardless of topic, exploring the horrors and beauties of our time in an experiential way is a way for our students to CONNECT to and communicate what is important to them.