Archived Course:

CLIMATE CHANGE

 Science, Impacts, Politics, Solutions

Sept 8 - Dec 8, 2018

 

A RENAISSANCE SOCIETY SEMINAR COURSE

at

California State University at Sacramento

Tom Suchanek & Dana Nuccitelli
- with videographic filming and production assistance from - Kit Tyler
This course addresses the scientific basis behind climate change, including detection, risks and impacts of and potential solutions to climate change that occur locally, nationally and globally. We review the history of climate science to show how basic climate processes were discovered, and discuss how Earth’s climate has changed over the span of centuries to millions of years. We address topics such as: How does our climate system work and how is it affecting the earth and its physical, chemical and biological components? How “is” and “will” ongoing climate change affect extreme and unpredictable events including, among others: temperature, rainfall, tornadoes, hurricanes, frequency and intensity of fires, sea level rise, El Niño events, and ocean acidification. In addition, it discusses the Paris Climate Agreement, the status and future options for alternative energy sources, geo-engineering and how each of us can make a difference.
 
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Syllabus:

WHAT CAN YOU DO PERSONALLY

TO HELP SOLVE THE CLIMATE CRISIS???

 

Energy / Product Consumption:

• Use energy efficient (e.g., “Energy Star”) products {A}

• Turn off unused lights; transition to LEDs {A}

• Keep thermostats as low as possible (in winter) and as high as possible

   (in summer) {A}

• Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle… EVERYTHING!…(Especially plastics) {B}

• Eliminate single-use items {B}

• Use your own re-usable grocery bags {B}

• Use less fossil fuel based products  {B}

• Eliminate “vampire power” drains  {A}

• Wash clothes in cool or cold water  {A}

• Opt for paperless billing and/or pay bills electronically {B}

• Unsubscribe or cancel all junk mail {B}

• Do a home energy audit {A}

                                                     

Water / Vegetation:

•  Plant more trees {C}

• Conserve all water {D}

• Don’t overwater your lawns {D}

• Convert lawns into gardens {D}

• Turn the water off while brushing teeth or washing dishes {D}

• Use a dishwasher and washing machine only when there’s a full load {D}

• Use commercial car washes {D}

 

Transportation:

•  Carpool/RideShare, Take Public Transportation, Drive an Electric Vehicle {A}

• Don’t let your gasoline car idle when not in use {B}

• Keep your tires properly inflated  {E}

• Walk or ride your bike when feasible {E}

 

Foods:

• In general, consume less animal protein (ex: adopt a Meat-less Monday strategy) {F}

• Eat chicken or fish in place of beef {F}

• Try the new “Beyond Meat” or other alternative non-meat products {F}

• Buy your foods from local growers/producers {G}

 

Personal Responsibility:

•  "Unplug" at least once per day: enjoy nature and the environment around you {H}

•  Educate Your Friends, Enemies, and Acquaintances About Climate Change {I}

•  Donate to your favorite environmental and/or political cause {J}

•  Join an activist group to MAKE A DIFFERENCE out there... {I & J}

 

And... Most Importantly...

VOTE !  

In all Local, State and Federal Elections…

--> To support those individuals that will

fight to solve this Climate Crisis!

 

And... Keep in mind… An Old Native American Proverb…

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children…“

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* WHY SHOULD WE BE TAKING THESE ACTIONS?
Accompanying letters {in brackets} provide
Explanations /Justifications that can be found below.

WHY SHOULD WE BE FOLLOWING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS?

{A} Saves energy, and thus lowers CO2 emissions

{B} Saves energy, or lowers production (fossil fuel usage), and thus

      lowers CO2 emissions

{C} Increases CO2uptake, thus lowers atmospheric CO2

{D} Reduces energy to process and deliver water, thus lowers

      CO2 emissions

{E} Decreases fuel usage, thus lowers CO2 emissions

{F} Reduces energy to process foods higher on the food web, or

      eliminates destruction of forests to grow beef or other large meat

      animal products

{G} Reduces fuel/energy costs associated with

      transportation/refrigeration, etc., thus lowers CO2emissions.

{H} Helps maintain a healthy body and mental state as we struggle to

      solve this problem

{I} Increases the chances that others will understand the Climate

    Crisis and contribute to solving it

{J} Increase the support and momentum to solve this Crisis