3-13: Societal Responses to Regional Climate Change
Importance of this Unit to the Course
Local environmental changes linked to changes in global
climate can give citizens a sense of helplessness because no one locally is to blame. This unit
explores how citizens respond to seemingly irreversible regional environmental changes as an analogy
to how they might respond to regional effects of global warming as described in Block 2.
- To review past examples of how societies responded to irreversible
- To use past examples of environmantal change as a means of
forecasting how future societies will respond to changes in global,
regional, and local environmental change.
Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)
- Read the
- Take the
Quiz over the summary information. (see your portfolio)
- Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the
quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)
Discussion (online /
face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)
A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog.
The following types of comments are required:
The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:
- Social Comments
- Knowledge-building Comments
- Ethical Comments
- Unit Problem to Ponder:
What could you personally do to reduce your contribution to global
greenhouse gases by 50% over the next year? What would you be
willing to do?
- Unit exam questions
from previous years
- Unit discussions from previous years, available from
the current online