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WSP 159 — Solving Climate Change: Promising Solutions for the 21st Century

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Sat/Sun
Course Format: Virtual
Duration: 3 days
Date(s): May 30—Jun 6
Time: 10:00 am—12:45 pm
Drop Deadline: May 30
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $295
Instructor(s): Marina Oster
Status: Open
Please Note: This course has a different format and schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. This course is now a virtual course and will meet live via Zoom videoconference on May 30, May 31, and June 6, from 10:00 am - 12:45 pm.
Spring
Virtual
Sat/Sun
10:00 am—12:45 pm
Date(s)
May 30—Jun 6
3 days
Drop By
May 30
0 Unit
Fees
$295
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s):
Marina Oster
Open
Please Note: This course has a different format and schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. This course is now a virtual course and will meet live via Zoom videoconference on May 30, May 31, and June 6, from 10:00 am - 12:45 pm.
In this three-day workshop, we will examine the most powerful and innovative strategies emerging today for addressing climate change. The first part of the workshop will offer a broad overview of how climate change works. Students will develop a comprehensive view of the current conditions looking across the consumer, community, and technology sectors—each of which has a role to play in mitigating the climate change threat. With this foundation in place, we will turn to exploring a range of solutions. Next, students will draft their personal action plans, drawing from our foundational areas of focus and tailored to address specific aspects of their own lives. Students will craft their plans by clarifying their intentions, identifying their strongest passions, and working within the realities of their personal and professional lives. The action plans will spell out what new climate-preserving actions or practices students will incorporate into their routines, and what unsustainable behaviors they will let go of. Action plans may be rooted in a desire to set an example of positive change for one’s children, a personal call to action, a craving to make one’s work more meaningful, or a wish to inspire colleagues or an employer to actualize a climate-conscious culture. Students will come away from the workshop feeling empowered and motivated to enact measurable, sustainable change.

Marina Oster, Climate Scientist

Marina Oster has taught at Stanford in the departments of biology and psychiatry, in the Earth Systems Program, and at the Hopkins Marine Station. She received a PhD in biology, specializing in climate change, from Stanford. She has advised universities on sustainability research and projects, and works with individual clients wishing to incorporate climate action into their personal and professional lives.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.