The Global Environment
From the CTY Course Catalog (2019):
Record-high temperatures, rising sea levels, massive wildfires, superstorms, and other environmental disasters have increasingly alarmed citizens across the globe. Scientists believe drastic measures are necessary to slow these types of catastrophes and are using expertise in multiple disciplines to explore solutions. This course investigates these and other ecological concerns to develop students’ understanding of human impact on environmental systems. You’ll conduct research on the ecological impacts of global industrialization and play the role of environmental scientist while analyzing data to develop informed, sustainable strategies for improving the inhabitability of our planet. You and your classmates will investigate the effects of sea-level rise on the island of Vanuatu, then develop your own mitigation plans based on other proven models. You will explore the impact of rampant population growth in urban areas and the toll it has taken on natural resources. Using case studies, you’ll design experiments, engage in simulations, and use statistical analysis to propose solutions to these complex problems.