Environment Education

with Chris Summerville

Publications and Presentations


Looking Back, Moving Forward: An Environmental Course for the Next Generation, Book 1: Listening and Speaking. Book 2: Reading and Discussion. Macmillan Language House, 2005


Individual Work. 'Behind the Screen'  (J.E.T. Journal, Monbusho, April, 1988)

Individual Work. 'Social and Global Consciousness in Japan' (J.E.T. Journal, Monbusho, November, 1989)

Individual Work. 'A Foreigner in the Classroom' (J.E.T. Journal, Monbusho, November, 1989)

Individual Work.  'Ideal Team Teaching, Team Teaching; A Case Study'  (Yamaguchi Board of Education, March, 1990)

Individual Work.  'JALT Undercover' (The Language Teacher, JALT, August, 1993)

Individual Work.  'Teaching Green - Environmental Textbooks' (Foreign Language Education vol 19, Tenri University, May, 1993)

Individual Work.  'Off the Beaten Track' Round Table  (vol 17, Nara International Foundation (NIFS), October, 1994)

Individual Work.  'Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Living in the Modern World' (High School English Education Research Journal, vol 13, March, 1994)

Individual Work.  'Human Rights in Japan, Yokiyusan; Living as a Person' (Tenri University Press, April, 1995)

Individual Work.  'The Mystery that is India: A Western Confrontation with Emptiness in E.M. Forster's A Passage to India' (Tenri University Journal, No.184, Tenri University, March, 1997)

Joint Work.  'Asia Online; Media Immediacy' (Joint work with Albie Sharpe and Ken Rodgers, Kyoto Journal vol 46, November, 2001)

Individual Work.  'No Man is an Island: Divining Providence in Three Eighteenth Century Novels'  (The Ritsumeikan Journal of Cultural Sciences, No.576, Ritsumeikan University, September, 2002)

Individual Work.  'Peace through Inner Wisdom'  (Kyoto Journal vol 53, March, 2003)

Individual Work.  'Click and Give! Charity Internet Sites'  (The Language Teacher, JALT, March, 2003)

Individual Work.  'Global Issues Advanced Discussion Class'  (1st Peace as a Global Language Conference, Tokyo, CD Rom, April, 2003)

Individual Work, 'Climate Change Treasure Hunt' (Green Teacher, Issue 91 Winter 2011, Pages 14-17)



  1. 'Social and Global Awareness in a Changing World' Valedictorian Speech, University of California, Davis, USA, June, 1983
  2. 'Life and Education in China' Yamaguchi Teachers Association Seminar, Kano, Yamaguchi, Japan, January, 1988
  3. 'Finding the Balance: Environmental Awareness Today' Gendai Nara Kenkykai, Nara, Japan, November, 1994
  4. 'Learning from Indigenous Peoples' Shin Eigo Keyukai, Himeji, Japan, July 1995
  5. 'Are you a Traveler or Tourist?' Mainichi Cultural Centre, Osaka, Japan, April 1996
  6. 'Are you a Resident or Inhabitant?' Mainichi Cultural Centre, Osaka, Japan, May, 1996
  7. 'The Conscious Traveler' Nara Silk Road Foundation, Nara, Japan, July, 1996
  8. 'Discrimination and You' Tenri Yakan Chugaku, Tenri, Japan, September, 1996

Workshops and Presentations

  1.  'Discovering your Roots; The North American Indian Experience', Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, October, 2000
  2.  'Ethical Travel; Are you a tourist or a traveler'? Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, October, 2001
  3.  'Spirituality in a Material World', Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, October, 2002
  4.  'Environmental Education in the English Language Classroom', Peace as a Global Language Conference, Kyoto, Japan, 2004 & 2005
  5.  'Environmental Education in the English Language Classroom', Japan Association of Language Teachers Conference, Nara, Japan, 2004
  6.  'Introducing Spiritual Values into the Classroom', Peace as a Global Language Conference, Kyoto, Japan, November, 2004 & 2005
  7.  'Environmental Education', Engaged Pedagogy Association Conference, Tokyo, June, Japan, 2005
  8.  'Finding our Spiritual Self', Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) Conference, Saitama, Japan, October 2005
  9.  'Student-based Environmental Education in the English Language Classroom', Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, August 2005. A five-day workshop based on my textbook for junior and senior high school teachers from throughout Japan.
  10.  'Student-based EE Activities for Classroom and Outdoor Use', Centre for Environmental Education, Pune, India, December 2007. A one-day workshop based on self-designed materials for EE teachers from throughout Maharashtra.
  11. 'Eco-Literacy for the Whole School: An Introduction to Place-Based Subject Teaching with an Environmental Perspective', Kasiga School, Dehra Dun, India, April 19-20, 2008.
  12. 'An Environmental Approach to Subject Teaching', Tagore International School, Delhi, India, May 13-14, 2008.


'The Sweet Sorrow of Saying Sayonara' Obunsha Senior English Two, (Chapter 2), 1990

Newspaper Articles

1. Thoughts on Japan. A series of articles examining Japanese culture, education and the environment. Yamaguchi Shimbun, July 1989

2. Travels on the Silk Road. A ten-month long weekly series of articles on the culture and history of the Silk Route. Daily Yomiuri, September, 1989 - July, 1990

3. Teaching Aids for Environmental Awareness. Japan Times, June, 1991

4. Visionaries of Japan. A series of articles featuring visionary Japanese people working with the environment in spiritual and creative ways. Japan Times, July, 1991 - May, 1992

Conference Organizer

'Youth at the Millennium, An Inter-generational Dialogue.' A three day conference focusing on the environment, peace and human rights attended by over 500 university students from over 20 countries and throughout Japan. Ritsumeikan World Peace Museum, Kyoto, November, 2000

Ritsumeikan Forum: 'World Students Peace Forum'. A two day forum sponsored by Ritsumeikan University to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Peace Museum, Kyoto, November, 2002

Ritsumeikan University Examination Committee Member.  2000. 2001

Professional Research Associations and Societies

The Global Issues in Language Education Special Interest Group (GILE SIG) of the Japanese Association for Language Teaching (JALT)

Engaged Pedagogy Association (EPA)