Beyond Doom and Gloom: A Resource to Empower High School and College Students


Beyond Doom and Gloom: A Resource to Empower High School and College Students

Beyond Doom and Gloom: Engage in Climate and Energy Solutions is a timely, no cost learning prototype for higher education faculty and high school teachers. This resource is offered by the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS), which includes 45 organizations such as the Society for Conservation Biology, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Psychological Association,  American Academy of Religion and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Beyond Doom and Gloom: Engage in Climate and Energy Solutions is located on the website of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  Dr. Debra Rowe, a 35-year veteran of clean energy technology and education spearheaded the development of DANS and Beyond Doom and Gloom. She designed this curriculum to be streamlined, asking, 

“Are you or your students worried about climate change? Are you or your students interested in a cleaner energy future? Are you connecting your students to high impact solutions? Are you doing enough in your school about education for a more sustainable future?”

Please visit the educators’ page and the students’ page (including a motivating two minute video) to see how you can be part of reducing doom and gloom and share opportunities for progress and applied learning. Both the faculty and student pages use expert, easy-to-include materials that involve students in important civic engagement solutions. They can be used in any subject/course. Targeted articles and other communications resources are also available.

Google is working closely with Dr. Rowe and DANS to reach out to the public, but only you can distribute this directly to the members in your organization as they prepare their course work and activities for the school year ahead. Please distribute multiple ways through your associations and professional networks ASAP. If you have any questions or input, please contact Debra Rowe who is also President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development at

We need this type of responsive, innovative, strategic education resource to change the trajectory of climate impacts. Please check it out and forward it to your education networks today, and please let me know about your related work and that you took steps to get this out, thank you!