A Good Life on a Hotter Planet

Instructor: 
Marcus Ford
Day/Time Taught: 
103: MWF 12:00 - 1:00 pm; 113: MWF 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Term: 
Spring
Year: 
2014
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section-1: 
103
Section-2: 
113

Bill McKibben has suggested that we rename the planet we live on Eaarth because it is no longer the same planet that his existed for most of human history. The weather is hotter, wetter, drier, and more violent, ecosystems are collapsing, resources are becoming scares, and there are more people now than ever before. And yet, even on this new planet, with all of its many problems, there will be beauty and the possibility for human happiness and meaning. This class will explore what the future might look like and how, even in the worse-case scenarios, it may be possible to live good lives—even if they differ dramatically from what we once imagined a good life would look like. We will look at historical examples of how people have responded to past disasters (both human-caused disasters and natural disasters), as well as fictional accounts, and we will look at the trend lines that experts are warning about.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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