Climate Change and Energy Evolution: Will Team Humanity Step Up to Save the Planet?
Instructor: Rae Andre
February 26, March 4, 11,18, 25
5 Wednesdays 9:30-11:30
Rae André is Professor Emeritus of Leadership and Sustainability in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. A best-selling author of seven books, her popular press works include Take Back the Sky: Protecting Communities in the Path of Aviation Expansion (Sierra Club Books), which draws national lessons from the case of Hanscom Field in Lexington, Massachusetts. Her other works include Positive Solitude (Harper Collins), and The 59-Second Employee: How to Stay One Second Ahead of Your One-Minute Manager (co-authored with Peter D. Ward, Houghton Mifflin). Dr. André is the 2019 recipient of the David L. Bradford Outstanding Educator Award given by the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society for lifetime teaching excellence and professional contribution. She received a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from The University of Michigan, an M.A. in Film Studies from The University of California at Los Angeles, and a B.A. (Cum Laude) in English from Cornell University.
Course Description: This class focuses on climate change and energy evolution and our personal and community reactions to these changes in our lives. Are you concerned about your family’s future under climate change? Do you want to stay informed about what’s happening? Do you want to contribute to solutions? This class explores the path forward.
The course opens with a summary of current scientific findings on the state of the planet and identifies the core problem as the burning of fossil fuels. It then moves quickly into material about how humanity is addressing this core problem. We will use a variety of approaches, including video case studies, personal reflections, mini-lectures, and guest speakers, to explore how change works and which strategies are likely to have the most impact on the climate crisis. Drawing on various social sciences, we will consider the most effective ways to foster sound decisions and broad-ranging solutions.
My personal aspiration for the course is that we will inspire each other to foster change that addresses the climate crisis—change in our personal lives, in our communities, and in our society.
*Before class: View Al Gore’s, An Inconvenient Truth