Offered as a half credit English elective for juniors and seniors, “Humans and the Environment” uses readings on the environment from the past and the present to teach students about the complex choices humans have in how we affect our environment. Readings include literature and current events articles; activities include discussions and problem solving challenges related to specific environmental problems. Topics covered will include the operating system of earth, the presence of chemicals in the environment, food production, energy, and climate. A variety of engaging films, both dramatic and documentary, are also used, as is music, poetry and art, to give students the background they need to become independent thinkers about environmental issues and solutions. Students will leave this course with a greater understanding about the interaction between humans and our environment than most adults have.
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