I created this course because I believe that global climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity and the world, with the impacts from anthropogenic climate change extending into all facets of biophysical, ecological, social, political, economic, cultural, and health realms. The effects from climate change are also unequally distributed, with women, children, economically- and politically-marginalized people, and Indigenous populations bearing unequal burdens from the changes. The complexities of climate change impacts demand inter-, trans-, and multi-disciplinary thinking and approaches that are creative, innovative, and incorporate the voices and experiences of people living with and experiencing climate change, and it is imperative that we train students to respond dynamically through their academics and their personal lives.
While the challenges from climate change are enormous, we must develop capacities for people to become aware, informed, and active citizens, and to foster the next generation of climate change educators, researchers, policy makers, and leaders. It is the responsibility of educational institutions to create interactive, engaging, and interdisciplinary learning environments to inspire students to meet these global challenges, and provide the opportunity for students to grapple with the complexities of climate change and to encourage leadership in the climate change arena.
As a climate change researcher, I have dedicated my work and my life to working collaboratively with Inuit in Nunatsiavut, Labrador, to examine the impacts of climate change on health and well-being, and to create locally-appropriate and culturally-relevant adaptation strategies. I hope this course will inspire students to get involved, inform themselves, and become active players in climate change dialogues, mitigation strategies, and adaptation planning in Canada and abroad.
For more information about my work and research, please visit my website.