Climate Literacy in Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities

Session ID#: 23401

Session Description:
Climate change is an increasingly urgent issue that will impact university students throughout their lives and careers. Today’s students will be confronted with challenges such as transforming the energy landscape, adapting to climate impacts and building more resilient societies. Unfortunately, public discourse on the issue includes inaccuracies and political leaders who deliberately mislead debates over mitigation or adaptation solutions. This session will examine how college- and university-level courses prepare students to understand the physical science of climate change, the issue’s connection to society, adaptation or mitigation policies and workforce development. Providing students with the perspective and skills to address these challenges often requires instructional approaches from a variety of disciplines. We welcome papers that share faculty experiences, resources and lessons learned while teaching about climate change and/or describe how students in all contexts arrive at understandings or problem-solve in response to the challenges.
Primary Convener:  Drew Fulton Bush, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
Conveners:  Carey Stanton, National Wildlife Federation, Austin, TX, United States and Jonathan Cole, MiraCosta College, Physics, San Diego, CA, United States
Co-Organized with:
Education, Global Environmental Change, and Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences

  • GC - Global Environmental Change
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Scott A Mandia, SUNY Suffolk County Community College, Selden, NY, United States
Louise T Huffman, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, United States
Timothy S. White, Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, University Park, PA, United States, Adam Wymore, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States, Ashlee Laura Denton Dere, Penn State University, University Park, PA, United States, James C Washburne, Sahra, Tucson, AZ, United States, Adam Hoffman, University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA, United States and Martha H Conklin, University of California Merced, Merced, CA, United States
Jane L Teranes, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States
Lev Horodyskyj, Arizona State University, Education Through eXploration, Tempe, AZ, United States, Tara Lennon, Arizona State University, School of Politics & Global Studies, Tempe, United States, Chris Mead, Arizona State University, Center for Education Through eXploration, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Tempe, AZ, United States and Ariel D Anbar, Arizona State University, School of Earth & Space Exploration, Tempe, AZ, United States
Kevin Hartman1, Jaime Koh1, Sujata A Murty1, Riovie Dela Pena Ramos2 and Nathalie Goodkin1, (1)Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore, (2)Earth Observatory of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Kim M Cobb, Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Atlanta, GA, United States and Beril Toktay, Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus, Scheller College of Business, Atlanta, GA, United States
Joshua B Halpern, Howard University, Chemistry, Washington, DC, United States

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