A visiting scientist from Chicago will be leading discussion during class this week on climate change, environmental science, and environmental justice. While there is still “debate” over climate change and whether or not it exists amongst US politicians and in the mainstream media, there is virtual unanimous agreement within the scientific community that it exists, has been caused by human activity, and is accelerating rapidly. Meghan Dunn is an atmospheric chemist and environmental scientist who works to help solve this growing environmental catastrophe. We will have a discussion on the background of climate change and the science surrounding it. We will also discuss a more relevant debate – whether or not it is too late for humans to turn the tide of climate change. We will look into some environmental issues that impact Utica and the Mohawk Valley such as lead exposure, hyrdrofracking, and Canadian Tar Sands and the oil industry. As always, we will look to find solutions to these problem and see what organizations and social movements are doing about it.
As always, dinner will be served at 6:00pm and class will be from 6:30 – 8:00pm.