Climate and Energy Justice

Winter 2022
Graduate Only
Class Size: 15
4 Credits per quarter
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Globally, 2020 was the hottest year on record.  On April 8, 2021, CO2 levels at the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii reached over 421.36 ppm, also a record.  We know that burning fossil fuels is the leading contributor to increased atmospheric CO2, rising global average temperatures, melting glaciers, and more fierce storms, flooding, and droughts.  We also know that not all people in the world have benefited equally from the burning of those fossil fuels, particularly in the production of energy, or suffer equally from the impacts of climate change.  The course will combine faculty lectures with guest presentations, short films, peer reviewed articles, texts, and news articles to explore those inequalities through the lenses of energy justice and climate justice.  We will center the concerns and voices of marginalized communities and those who bear the costs of modern society without sharing in all the benefits. We will also focus on understanding the actions can we take to create a cleaner, safer, healthier, and more just future for all communities.  The final project will require students to apply what they have learned to a particular energy/justice issue of their choosing.



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