Living with Climate Change in the Rogue Valley
We are very excited to announce that collaboration with the Environmental Science, Policy, and Sustainability Program at SOU has resulted in the development of a course based on SOCAN’s Master Climate Protector – A Primer for Action. The new course will be offered during Spring term 2024 as ES 199 – Special Studies. This course is open to SOU students as well as members in the community. SOU students will use Course Registration #CRN-6760 to sign up. Beginning 2025, this will become “Living with Climate Change in the Rogue Valley.”
This course is designed for individuals who would like to learn more about climate change and its implications at the global, national and local level as well as actions to address climate change.
DATE: Wednesday nights, starting April 3, 2024 and ending June 5, 2024
TIME: 5:30 to 8:30PM including group interaction and breaks
LOCATION: Room 066, Science Building, SOU Campus
- SOU Students: Register with SOU as you do for any of the courses you take.
- Non SOU Students:
- For those over age 65; no charge
- For those under age 65: The registration fee will be approximately $100. Final details pending. (Scholarships to help defray registration costs are available. Link to Scholarship Information.)
REGISTRATION FOR NON SOU STUDENTS: Link to register
|Week 1, April 3: Introduction and Basic Science behind Climate Change
|What is the difference between climate and weather?
What is the current scientific understanding of anthropogenic (human caused) global warming and climate change?
What are the major contributors to global warming?
Are climate models credible?
|Week 2, April 10: Climate Communication, Local Projections & Alternative Explanations
|What tips do we have for Climate Change Communication?
What are the regional climate trends, projections, and consequences?
What has been the global temperature trend for the last two million years?
What are the main hypotheses to explain global warming that compete with the current climate science consensus?
What are the scientific explanations regarding the main competing hypotheses that have been offered to explain the 20th – 21st Century global warming trend?
|Week 3, April 17: Energy & Construction
|What are the Global and US energy sources and trends?
What are Global and US renewable energy sources and trends?
How is energy used in US residential buildings and what changes can we make to increase efficiency and to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions?
How are Greenhouse Gas emissions measured and what does it show for the US and Oregon?
|Week 4, April 24: Human Impacts
|How is climate change affecting human physical and mental health?
How do social justice and climate change intersect?
|Week 5, May1: Terrestrial (Land Based) Natural Systems
|How do organisms and biological communities (natural systems) respond to variations in environmental temperature and precipitation and how might projected trends influence them?
What are the critical interactions between forests and climate?
What is carbon sequestration and how does it vary among natural systems?
What are the national and regional trends and projections for wildfire and why is this important?
|Week 6, May 8: Weather & Water
|How does Climate Change affect severe weather?
What is the distribution of water on the Earth and how is it affected by Climate Change?
What are the sources of water in the Rogue Valley and how is it managed?
How can we measure and manage our household water usage?
What is a Water Footprint Calculator?
How does Climate Change affect aquatic and riparian species in the Rogue Valley?
|Week 7, May 15: Agriculture
|How will climate change, particularly reduction of water availability and temperature increase, influence agriculture, personal gardens, and landscaping?
What impact will the increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration have on agriculture?
What is Regenerative Agriculture or Healthy Soil Management and how can it make a difference?
How do we apply these concepts to our daily lives?
|Week 8, May 22: Transportation
|What GHG emissions result from transportation?
What are the contributions of transportation to GHG emissions at global, national, state, local, and individual levels?
Politically, what has been done and could be done to reduce transportation GHG?
What are the advantages & disadvantages of buying carbon offsets for GHG transportation emissions I cannot eliminate?
How can you reduce your transportation GHG footprint and by how much?
|Week 9, May 29: Individual & Collective Actions
|What are the implications for climate change of population and consumption?
What are reasonable GHG reduction goals?
What are the main individual actions we can take to reduce GHG emissions?
What are the main collective actions we can take to reduce GHG emissions?
|Week 10, June 5: Wrap-up
|What were the major points of each session and why are they important?
What personal and collective actions can I take?Sharing personal action plans.
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