ALL Careers as Green Careers; A video

We are producing a video to inspire young people to take charge of their future. How?  By introducing them to the ALL Careers approach to their education.  This approach makes explicit connections between environmental knowledge/ concern and ALL careers - not just the small segment of the economy made up of “environmental careers” as presently understood.     (See information on the video, itself, at bottom of this description.)

Why is this needed? In the midst of COVID and environmental challenges like climate change, soil loss, habitat loss and others, people – especially young people – need positive views of the future.  The ALL Careers approach to education provides this and a path to positive actions!   This video will empower young people with a solid sense of how they can contribute to the creation of a healthy, sustainable economy in whatever career direction they choose.

A bit about this project's partners:  Martin Ogle has given ALL Careers presentations and workshops for about 25 high school and middle school groups, FBLA and DECA Club conferences, teachers and public groups.   He brings a 35 year career as a naturalist, energy educator and sustainability advocate to this effort.  Relevant to this project, Martin has received the following awards:   1) The 2012 Arlington Green Patriot Award – presented for outstanding work in sustainability by George Mason Univ.,  Arlington Dept. of Environmental Services, Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment; 2) the 2010 Krupsaw Award for Non-Traditional Teaching – for outstanding teaching in informal / non-academic settings, presented by the Washington Academy of Sciences; and 3) the 2007 Green Innovation Award (best Green Organization) – Presented by the Virginia Sustainable Building Network to Potomac Overlook Regional Park (that Martin managed from 1985 to 2012) .

Ethan McAlevy, our videographer is a high school senior with an impressive portfolio of videos for government and business already under his belt.   Ethan became interested in a video about the ALL Careers approach while working with Martin Ogle on a video for Lafayette Open Space.   In 2017, Martin had spoken and led a field trip about energy at Ethan’s 9th grade engineering class at Centaurus High School.   Ethan recalled that Martin had urged students to consider the importance of energy principles no matter what career path they took, and recognized energy principles as part of a larger set of principles of how living systems work and how human beings fit in.  Ethan is excited to communicate these ideas through his skills as a videographer! 
The Colorado Youth Congress and the Cottonwood Institute have been active supporters of the ALL Careers initiative and are helping to fund this video project.   They will help us will help us share the video and other materials with young people and their mentors and teachers all over Colorado and the country.   We appreciate the support of these organizations!

Rather than seeking funding from grants or other organizations to complete the funding for this video, we are turning to people like you.  This is on purpose . . . its part of a “grass-roots effort” to disseminate the ALL Careers approach across the country.   So, please support us in this endeavor.     We’ll share the link for the video with you when it is completed.

Our GoFundMe fundraising goal is $3000.   It will be used to enable the work of  Ethan McAlevy ($2000) and Martin Ogle ($1000) in creating this video.  Anything we raise over this amount will be used to: 1) help prepare and/or purchase other materials (books and other written materials, “activity packets,” etc.) that will be included in ALL Careers kits distributed to high schools in Colorado; and 2) otherwise help advance the ALL Careers approach to education.    Thank you for your contribution!

The video  (provisionally entitled  “ALL Careers as Green Careers; Empowering young people to create a better world.”) will bring the ALL careers approach alive, for young people.   We will:

·         Listen to the voices/stories of young people and people in a variety of careers to hear the need for an ALL Careers approach and hear clear visions of how it can provide and guide needed skills and training for individual careers, but hope and inspiration for the future as well.  

·         Explore some principals of how living systems work and how human systems fit in and show case studies of how these principles are applied in the creation of a cleaner, healthier and less stressful world through all careers and jobs.

·         See how we can not only reduce waste but do away with the concept of waste altogether!   We’ll explore how all of our work can fit into that vision.  

·       Ask what gives our lives meaning and fulfillment and see how that intersects with how we pursue our life’s work.

·         Give examples of how the ALL Careers approach is currently being advanced and invite people, (young and old) to help  distribute and create new curriculum and content and to be part of making this idea go “viral!”


Martin Ogle
Louisville, CO

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