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While the science of climate change hasn’t changed much, our understanding of the planet’s response, human impacts, and the scale of needed response is all deepening as the climate crisis unfolds. This course will provide an updated overview of climate change from an environmental perspective, considering the basic principles of climate science, carbon cycle and carbon sources. We will look at the impact of New England’s weather patterns, precipitation, and coast changes as well as its flora and fauna with a focus on birds. We will explore how climate impacts where and how we live, the nexus of public health, environmental justice, and urban planning. Let’s hear responses and actions and a vision for the future.
Martha Gach is Education Manager and Conservation Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary in Worcester. Dr. Gach coordinated the design, installation, and maintenance of the sustainable landscape campus at Broad Meadow Brook, she directs adult education programs, and she manages the Sanctuary’s 430+ acres of conservation land for wildlife and people. Dr. Gach also teaches climate change at Worcester State University.
NO REQUIRED BOOKS Podcasts & articles may be offered as enrichment resources.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609