NTRES 3800 - Climate Solutions


Fall. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Taught as a hybrid course.

M. Krasny, X. Shinbrot.

In this course, students will review basic climate change science, impacts, communication strategies, and actions. After discussion with classmates, students will choose a climate action from the Drawdown (www.drawdown.org) list of 100 climate solutions that they can implement and invite others to implement. Finally, students will estimate the impact of their climate action on mitigating greenhouse gas. Students will participate in weekly discussions with fellow Cornell students, and with students from other countries taking the course online. This hybrid online/in-person course will engage students in critically assessing the potential effectiveness of a broad spectrum of actions and policies to limit and adapt to climate change. Through engaging in discussion boards and webinars from a concurrent Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for public audiences globally, Cornell students will gain insight into issues of cultural context and scalability in addressing this global problem.


Outcome 1: Students will be able to explain climate change science, greenhouse gas mitigation approaches, and the communication challenges that have slowed global and national responses.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to provide and respond to constructive peer feedback demonstrating critical thinking skills, in oral and written forms.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to demonstrate cross-cultural understanding and communication skills as applied to working in a global online environment.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to reflect on climate change action from a multicultural perspective and recognize the climate-related challenges facing, and opportunities available to, individuals in countries around the world.

Outcome 5: Students will be able to make informed and responsible decisions with regard to actions that might affect the climate.

Outcome 6: Students will be able to identify and implement an individual and collective action to reduce greenhouse gases or influence climate policy.

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