Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Universal Rights
Climate change is among the most complex and challenging problems that we have confronted as a civilization, and the responses and impacts will vary largely across the global population. This course is designed to give you an overview of the scientific basis of climate change and to expose you to multiple facets of this very interdisciplinary and encompassing field. We briefly will overview the climate science and learn about the rise of “weird weather,” but the core themes of the course concern questions of communication and cognition, cultural values and material consumption, mitigation and adaptation, and the possibility of creating new, more sustainable ways of living on earth. We then will explore climate change from multiple perspectives: recent climatic variability and change and future climate projections. The course will be guided by short readings and by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). AR5 summarizes the global scientific consensus on the problem and serves as the basis for a vast majority of impact assessments and policy decisions.
You'll Walk Away with
- An overview of the scientific basis of climate change and exposure to multiple facets of this very interdisciplinary and encompassing field
- Insight into the possibility of creating new, more sustainable ways of living on earth
- High school students who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11
- High school students interested in a career in global affairs