Climate Change Curriculum

Curriculum resources for faculty in different disciplines

Curriculum resources for every Academic and Career Pathway

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Every discipline has an essential role to play in understanding the climate crisis and creating a more sustainable future.

[T]he preoccupations of our society are starting quickly to shift—from endless expansion to strategies for survival. And in turn that should reshape the list of things we think it’s important to learn. Scientists and engineers have much work yet to do, and so do economists and business executives: every percentage increase in the efficiency of a solar panel, every percentage drop in the price of a wind turbine, betters our chances at survival. But suddenly we need everyone else too. Psychologists to understand why we’re slow to react, and political scientists to trace the power of the fossil fuel industry through our societies; theologians and historians to mine our traditions for the nuggets that let us deal with new crises; artists to offer us the images that can spur action. Look at it this way: if we are suddenly living, as the scientists insist, in the Anthropocene, then the humanities by definition are central to the task at hand.
           -- Bill McKibben, in Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities, p. 269

See below examples of how the PCC 2021 Climate Action Plan and other climate solutions can connect to curriculum across the Pathways.  

PCC Sustainability staff will be updating an assignment that aligns with the Climate Action Plan. This is the assignment that aligned with the planning process:

 

Academic Foundations, Essentials & Gateways

Students in ESOL, ABE, Reading, Writing and College Success courses can use content related to the Climate Action Plan to develop reading, writing, researching, speaking and other academic skills. Examples:

  • Researching Climate Change Solutions This guide, which can be customized for specific courses and assignments, provides an example of how the Climate Action plan could be the foundation for a research project.

Arts, Humanities, Communication, and Design

Resources for including climate justice in arts, humanities, communications and design courses:

Healthcare and Emergency Professions

Climate change directly harms human health and exacerbates a range of emergency situations, and so is directly relevant to these disciplines.

Human Health and the Environment

  • Health instructor Rachelle Katter discusses her strategies for addressing climate change, including managing the emotional weight of the issue and helping students develop a sense of agency.

Business and Entrepreneurship

Resources for business and entrepreneurship:

Construction, Manufacturing Technology, and Transportation

Resources for Construction, Manufacturing Technology, and Transportation:

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

STEM courses have direct connections to the physical effects of climate change and mitigation efforts. Below are examples of how PCC instructors teach climate change, including how they address the emotional and justice elements of the topic,

Environmental Studies and Resources

  • Video: ESR instructor Val Brenneis describes two assignments use in ESR classes and her approach to teaching climate change. (5:44 minutes)

Public Service, Education, and Social Sciences