Academy of Lifelong Learning

CLIMATE CHANGE: A PRIMER ON AN UNFOLDING DISASTER

CLIMATE CHANGE: A PRIMER ON AN UNFOLDING DISASTER

Social Science/Math, Science & Technology

 

Bentley Orrick

 

Thursdays, October 26 – December 7 (six weeks)

*No classes the week of Thanksgiving.

4:15 – 5:30 pm

Lecture/Research/Reporting

 

Disinformation about climate change has had its effect. A slim majority of American adults still believe that either there is no evidence for global warming or that it exists but is caused by natural processes, not by us, the fire-making animal that claims dominion over the planet. As the polar ice melts, the oceans rise with the temperature, the reefs die, and fierce feedback loops threaten disasters on a scale that could wipe out civilization itself, the number of adult Americans who believe global warming is a real and present danger has risen considerably, and now stands just below half - still short of the solid majority that needs to demand action if civilization is to survive beyond the 21st century. This course will serve as a primer on what is causing global warming, what likely disasters will overtake us if we do not act to ameliorate it quickly, and the science—simple and straightforward for the most part, and known in principal for almost two centuries —that the global warming deniers do not want you to know.

BENTLEY ORRICK is a former print reporter who worked for the Baltimore Sun and the Tampa Tribune covering politics, wars, and other natural and unnatural disasters.