Climate Change: Is it too late for meaningful action?
Lead Partner: Vickie Johnson 1 credit (Science Elective)
Description: Using global average temperature as a measurement, Earth’s hottest year on record was 2014; that is, until the temperature record was shattered again in 2015. And now, according to a recent article published in the New York Times, 2016 temperatures “have blown past the previous record three years in a row.” While El Niño helped fuel some of the rise in temperatures, this does not account for the overall trend: the fifteen hottest years have occurred within the last sixteen years (NASA). What does this information mean for us?
The Climate Change PBL will investigate the root causes, mechanisms and impacts of global warming and work with the community to investigate approaches and solutions. After pursuing these questions, and working with local experts, students will take actions to help our community, state and world deal with the realities of a changing climate.
Career Pathways: This challenge will appeal to students interested in career fields such as ecology, environmental studies, climatology, economics, political science, and sociology.