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Environmental Sciences
Term : Summer 2022
Catalog Year : 2021-2022

ENV 415 - Climate Change: Solutions, Politics, And Power

Description: This class critically examines current responses to climate change as well as future possible responses. The course will not examine the problem of climate change but how we might address climate change to minimize catastrophic impacts. We will explore the following questions: 1) What are the most popular proposed strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or the possible impacts of climate change? 2) What can these "solutions" likely accomplish and what can't they do? 3) Do they address the root drivers of climate change? 4) What other alternative system or lifestyle changes might be effective ways to address climate change? The course will include an examination of renewable energy, energy efficiency, carbon pricing, and geoengineering as well as climate change denial. In addition, the course will explore alternative solutions including degrowth, community-based renewable energy systems, work time reduction, and economic democracy. Co-convened with ENV 515. Letter grade only.

Units: 3

No sections currently offered.

Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher