AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING ENVIRONMANTAL ISSUES
With Daniel Sher
University of Haifa, Israel
Earth and its inhabitants are facing unprecedented change. Local processes such as shifts in land use, urbanization and increased pollution together with global climate change are impacting the lives of everyone. Dealing with these challenges (e.g. reducing, mitigating or adapting) requires both scientific knowledge and public engagement. However, The COVID-19 pandemic has exemplified the mistrust between certain factions in the public and the scientific community – a mistrust that has grown due to lack of understanding and accessibility of data. The goal of the course is to introduce a multi-disciplinary group of students to the basic science behind global environmental and climate change and to explore how to understand and communicate climate change through art.