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IDS 101: Taming the Beast, Climate Solutions: Your Librarian

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Colloquium Description

Today the climate is warming due to the addition of heat-trapping gases to our atmosphere from human activities. The harmful effects of climate change already impact human health, society, and the global biosphere. Yet, many people remain unaware of the magnitude of the problem or how to respond to it. In this colloquium, we will explore climate change solutions through the lens of science, social science, and literature. We will begin by examining how people experience climate change today by listening to and reading personal narratives. Are rising sea level, frequent droughts, and disease outbreaks related to climate change? If so, what are the scientific, moral, and social arguments for responding to climate change? What are climate change solutions? What is the evidence that these measures can reduce climate warming? What can you do to mitigate climate change as a college student and engaged citizen? We will consider how to translate the global to the local as we develop a proposal to reduce the carbon footprint of an aspect of Willamette’s campus or the local Salem community.

Source: College Colloquium Page

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