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Rise of the Eco-Comics: How the Maritime Governments Helped Shape Environmental Education
Friday 25 September 2020 - 09:00am - Friday 25 September 2020 
On Friday, Sept. 25 at 9:00am (ADT), Mark McLaughlin will speak on "Rise of the Eco-Comics: How the Maritime Governments Helped Shape Environmental Education."

In the 1960s and 1970s, environmental education emerged as a formal educational approach alongside the growth of the modern environmental movement. Touted by many as an effective means to inform citizenries about environmental problems and solutions, environmental education programs were frequently more than noble-minded policies and projects. Government officials in Canada were not against using such programs to foster within citizenries particular types of environmental knowledge, awareness, and motivations deemed useful by the state. In his lecture, Dr. MarkMcLaughlin will focus on the environmental education program developed by the Maritime governments in the early 1970s to shed light on the nuances often present in state-sponsored environmental messaging. With a focus on the comic book Captain Enviro (1972), Dr. McLaughlin will argue that the Maritime program was a particularly early example of the type of environmental messaging that was prevalent in the 1990s and onwards, where individual actions regularly took precedence over society-wide solutions.

Dr. Mark McLaughlin is an Assistant Professor of History and Canadian Studies at the University of Maine. Dr. McLaughlin's research has focused on forestry and natural resource management, particularly the notions of forests as contested spaces and the state as mediator between various user groups competing for access to public resources.

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This lecture is part of the lecture series being organized by St. Thomas University’s Environmental Praxis Class (ENVS 3023) every other Friday morning at 9:00am (ADT) this fall. Join us for an online interdisciplinary lecture series on environmental issues facing New Brunswick and beyond. Hear critical perspectives from thinkers from various disciplines, artists and activists on today’s pressing environmental issues. The lecture series is supported by the NB Media Co-op and RAVEN - Rural Action and Voices for the Environment, a research project based at the University of New Brunswick. The NB Media Co-op will record and publish some of these lectures on its website.












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