ENVR E-106 Envisioning a Sustainable Future: Managing and Protecting the Environment
Spring Term 2017 CRN 24808
It is widely recognized by the scientific community that current trends in our collective human behavior are not sustainable. Populations are growing at rates that cannot be maintained as food supplies per capita decline and the ecological costs of providing energy and materials for many people exceed the regenerative capacities the ecosystems upon which they depend. In addition, the waste products of our increasingly urbanized and consumer-oriented civilization have now reached the point of compromising the restorative functions of the biogeochemical cycling systems required for human survival. In response to these demonstrable trends numerous outstanding thinkers and environmental leaders have begun to envisage and implement strategies for a sustainable future. This course exposes students to innovative thinkers and inspired activists over a wide range of fields engaged in the transition to sustainability.