Stories in Climate Justice

a Discovery Core Experience

May be taken as either BCORE 104 (Arts & Humanities) or BCORE 110 (Natural Sciences)

About This Course

Our climate crisis requires us to grapple with questions of equity and justice. Most of the world’s population is currently experiencing impacts of climate change, and these impacts are growing – yet most of those who bear the worst impacts have had the least responsibility for changing our Earth’s climate. Yet, people are making their voices heard, and this is beginning to change everything.

This class explores the issues behind our climate crises and the enduring inequities that have to be addressed in responding to the crisis. Using the tools of theatre and artistic expression, we will explore the stories behind our climate crisis and the actions we can take to move toward climate justice, while also expanding our creative capacities for telling these critical stories. Through the storytelling process, we will be able to better express our truths and connect with those of others, enhancing our understanding and empathy to address the challenges of our lives.

Why Should I Take This Class?

  • You want to be in a supportive and collaborative classroom community
  • You are interested in climate justice and how you can make an impact
  • You are interested in storytelling and how theatre can be used as a tool for social change.

Selected Projects & Activities

As we learn about our climate crisis, we know that change is possible, and that we can all be part of that change. We will begin this effort from the first day of class. Students will be doing both individual and group performance projects, expressing the voices and stories both of others and themselves in an effort to build all of our capacity to address these challenges.

Professor Martha Groom (she/her/hers)

School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

About Professor Groom

Dual B.A. Biology & Public Policy, Princeton University
M.S. Zoology/Tropical Conservation & Development, University of Florida
Ph.D. Zoology, University of Washington


Office: UW1-130
Phone: 425-352-5410
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246

“I teach courses primarily in the Environmental Studies, Conservation & Restoration Science, and Global Studies. My goals as an environmental educator are to help students learn how to evaluate information from multiple sources and perspectives on environmental issues, and develop strategies to work to improve environmental well-being in support of communities and other species.”