Topics: Climate Change as Possibility
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Constructed Environments
Department: Constructed Environments
Course Number: PSCE 5080
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Overall the public supports climate action and clean energy. Regardless of whether or not you hold that humans are causing our "weird" weather, few disagree that unpredictable weather is affecting the way we live - the way we build, the way we work, what we eat, what we drink - what we expect from life. Fluctuations in temperature, rainfall, fierce storms, and other disruptions in natural cycles also dramatically disturb life patterns of other species. In the midst of uncertainties, most of us instinctively protect our health. We want clean water, air, and food. But how to transform our instincts into action? Do you see yourself making policy, architecture, media, music, art, farming, community organizing, in the profit or non-profit financial systems, in government, in a service field? Regardless of your chosen work, opportunities abound for navigating Climate Change as Possibility. Knowledge gained from your own lived experiences of climate change is a place to begin. To ground your imaginings for a livable future, we explore the effects the climate is already having on our psychological and social well-being and on our ways of working. We will learn how it affects other life forms and the Earth itself. In addition, what has resulted from the People's Climate March, The September UN Summit, and the Lima Conference? Are there indications that people are altering their basic assumptions about life? Can these signs be the basis for inventing new systems at all scales for new habits? This seminar gives you the opportunity to develop new forms for your work and life. We will investigate the ways in which a future-based focus can open proactive responses to global dislocations in personal, social, cultural, economic, and ecological patterns. These are times of danger and uncertainty but, as Robert Kennedy said, "they are also more open to ... creative energy ... than any other time." Join us in developing openings best suited for you to frame your work with possibilities.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Open to: All university graduate degree students; upper-level undergraduate students with permission.