Blue Climate Class: Beliefs about nature and "stuff"

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  • Posted on: 28 December 2021
  • By: KateArmour
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Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing humanity, but why is it so hard for governments and citizens to commit to the urgent changes required? Why so much "blah, blah, blah," to quote Greta Thunburg?

In this class, we start by examining philosophical questions that arise when we consider the human/environment relationship as perceived by a range of different traditions, including Māori (and other indigenous cultures) along with the Western viewpoint which arose from the Greco/Roman tradition. We draw on this philosophical thread to cover questions such as:

-What is the climate issue?
-How well have past civilisations (e.g., Ankor Wat, Mayan, Rapanui) coped with environmental change?
-How do indigenous and Western views of nature differ?
-Can we have fun and save the planet?
-Why do I need to know about politics and economics?
-How does the Treaty of Waitangi fit with climate change and adaptation?
-What is life?
-Do animals and plants matter?

1) Researching and communicating ideas
2) Writing with purpose and structure
3) Active listening
4) Discussion
5) Powermapping

Kate Armour will teach two classes a week and Brent Silby will teach one.

This term you can gain your 10 literacy credits in this class.

While the Earth, Te Ao, is an interconnected system, this relationship is not reflected in the way we study senior subjects at school.  This blue and the green 56CLI classes offer a multi-subject approach embracing Philosophy, Science, Social Studies, & Health to develop the knowledge, awareness, attitudes, values and skills to contribute towards a fair and low carbon future for all.

In the Green Climate class, you'll look at the science behind the causes and effects of climate change. In this class, we focus on people and their views, values, and behaviour. To get the best out of the course, you should take both classes.

35-40 credits are on offer across both blocks over the year. For more details, please refer to the course overview here:

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