Our Earth's Future, An Online Course on the Science of Climate Change
June 15, 2015
Our Earth’s Future is about the science of climate change—and how to talk about it. You will hear from scientists in the fields of climatology, oceanography, Earth science, and anthropology, and study how climate change is affecting people and their ways of life. You will explore the multiple lines of evidence that human-induced climate change is happening today and consider what that means for the future of our planet. By the end of this course, through understanding key scientific principles, you will be able to confront misconceptions and contribute confidently to conversations about climate change.
Guest speakers include Museum Curator Edmond Mathez and Assistant Curator Jenny Newell as well as other well-known experts including Michela Biasutti, Mark Chandler, and Gavin Schmidt. The course is led by Debra Tillinger, physics professor at Marymount Manhattan College, whose work includes research in ocean and climate physics, as well as service as a public educator in climate and Earth science across venues throughout New York City including the annual Mermaid Lagoon in Brooklyn, now in its fifth year.
This ten-week course includes access to online lectures, resources, and online discussions with classmates and instructors and requires a commitment of one to two hours each week.
Applications are now closed.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under grant number MA-10-13-0200-13.
Special Thanks to Scientific American.
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