13: Climate Action

Green Ideology in Practice: Following the Energy Stream

Karl T. Smith

Cohort 2020-2021


You are a part of a global effort to increase access to education and empower students through “open pedagogy.”  Open pedagogy is a “free access” educational practice that places you – the student – at the center of your own learning process in a more engaging, collaborative learning environment.  The ultimate purpose of this effort is to achieve greater social justice in our community in which the work can be freely shared with the broader community.  This is a renewable assignment that is designed to enable you to become an agent of change in your community through the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  For this work, you will integrate the disciplines of Political Science and Earth Science to achieve SDG #13: Climate Action.   

Learning Objectives

By the end of the semester you should gain an understanding of about a dozen different ideologies. But political ideologies are not meant to stay in classrooms. They are meant to be utilized in the real world.


The Final Project is designed for you to think about practical applications of your ideology, or, to look at our world and a world problem through the lens of a political ideology.


One such ideology that is growing in importance is Environmentalism. In fact, environmentalism/climate change is a central component of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Many countries have incorporated environmental goals into their national policies. For example, Germany is completely revamping energy production, and eliminating use of fossil fuels. Denmark is curtailing off-shore oil production.

For this project, you will need to follow the energy stream for Washington DC or Maryland, and, if possible, Montgomery County. In other words, what are the sources of the power we use every day?

Format Requirements

You will be making an infographic to illustrate your findings. A good tool to use for making an infographic: https://piktochart.com



Green Ideology in Practice: Following the Energy Stream is licensed by Karl T. Smith, Montgomery College under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY)


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