How to Construct and Environmental Justice Lesson Plan
Getting advice from people from the community gives your lesson more legitimacy. People can be wary of outsiders telling them what to do or how to think, but if they see someone they can relate to they are more likely to open up and enjoy the discussion. In our experience, it also helped that our instructors were people of color so when we posed questions about race to an almost completely non-white audience, the students were pretty receptive and responsive. This is not to say that white or affluent people cannot teach issues of race or class to these communities, but rather these instructors must be aware of their privilege and recognize that they are not the experts. Instead of lecturing or teaching, they must give the community members the space to teach their experiences.