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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

 

This email is being sent to all members of the Baruch College faculty.

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From:  Prof. Mindy Engle-Friedman, Chair, Baruch College Task Force on Sustainability

 

Dear Colleagues,

We had the great pleasure and benefit of hearing Karen Walker Thompson speak at last Tuesday’s Freshman Convocation. Her novel, The Age of Miracles, was selected as this year’s freshman text.  Aside from her illuminating description of her writing process, she shared her thoughts about the roles our students must play in responding to and mitigating the widespread impact of climate change and natural resource depletion.  Her discussion of human resiliency and innovation in the face of challenge and adversity was especially captivating. She urged our students to become leaders, visionaries and creators in this new and evolving environmental landscape.

We can, both in and outside the classroom, prepare our students for the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead. Here is a sample of resources that may help to stimulate conversations about this topic with your students and colleagues. 

United Nations Framework on Climate Change

http://unfccc.int/2860.php

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

http://ipcc.ch/

 Economies and the Environment

http://www.majoreconomiesforum.org/about.html

National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration

http://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/state-climate-2012-highlights

 National Council for Science and the Environment

http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/152615/

 Innovation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw

http://www.ted.com/talks/doris_kim_sung_metal_that_breathes.html

http://www.ted.com/playlists/11/the_creative_spark.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/elon_musk_the_mind_behind_tesla_spacex_solarcity.html

 Energy

http://energy.gov/pi/office-policy-and-international-affairs/initiatives/climate-change

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiDwMokB0Ws

Insurance Industry and Climate Change

https://www.genevaassociation.org/media/616661/ga2013-warming_of_the_oceans.pdf

Climate, Mind and Behavior  

http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/climate-mind-behavior-project/cmb-video-presentations/cmb-video-2013

Food

http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_barber_how_i_fell_in_love_with_a_fish.html

Biodiversity in Manhattan

http://www.amnh.org/our-research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation/publications/general-interest/biodiversity-assessment-handbook-for-new-york-city

Consumer Behavior

http://www.storyofstuff.com/

Comedy (of Sorts)

http://www.theonion.com/articles/advanced-alien-civilization-discovers-uninhabitabl,32808/

http://climaterealityproject.org/video/the-price-of-carbon/

http://climaterealityproject.org/video/kids-can-see-it-why-cant-we/

 

Best wishes for a satisfying and productive fall 2013,

 

Mindy

 

Mindy Engle-Friedman

Chair, Baruch College Task Force on Sustainability