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Week 2: Adaptation II

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Week
Cohort 1 Dates
Cohort 1 Duration
Zoom Info
1
Week 2
4/3/2024, 9:00 AM
1 hr 30 mins
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Learning Objectives

Learning Community
1
Get to know the fellow members of your learning community
1
Natural Systems
2
Analyze the impact and scale of natural systems changes due to the climate crisis
2
Climate Models
1
Evaluate the predictions of climate models for increases in temperature and impacts on natural systems
1
Human Systems
3
Analyze the impact that natural systems changes will have on human systems
3

Week 2 Full Class Session Agenda (90 Minutes)

Team Presentations

Following is our agenda for week 2 when we meet together as a full class for the first time.

Meeting Part
Part Duration
Meeting Activities
1
Part 1
30 mins
Introductions (Each small group individually introduces themselves before their presentation) and Small Group Presentations
Each of 4 groups (Heat and Humidity, Sea Level Rise, Drought, or Fire) share their natural systems impact presentations (5 minutes each, 30 minutes total)
2
Part 2
10 mins
Select 2nd Small Group for Weeks 3-4
Our groups in weeks 3 and 4 will focus on the changes that industries will go through to reduce to net zero emissions. We will form our groups based on John Doerr’s Speed and Scale framework. Please indicate your initial vote before class (just below) and then we will form several groups based on student interest within our class meeting.
3
Part 3
40 mins
Class Discussion
Discuss macro changes that are occurring and will continue to accelerate over the course of our lifetimes as a result of the climate crisis.
Explore IPCC scenarios including their accuracy and probability of likely future of temperature increases
Articulate human systems impacts on your region, state, and sector
Consider likely impacts to the global economy
Explore how dramatic you expect changes to global economy and society will be over the course of your lifetime
Ask yourself how optimistic/pessimistic you are about the future
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Week 2 Small Group Selection for Weeks 3 and 4

Group Name
2nd Group Name
Select a Group
Group Members
Time and Date
Zoom Link
1
Nature
Protect Nature - Go from 6 gigatons of emissions to -1 gigatons by 2050
3
Lisandra West
KS
Kostas Sgoutas
Kristen McGee
2
Innovate!
Innovate!
3
nicole coddington
Susan Burgess
Holly Stein
3
Movements
Turn Movements Into Action
2
Brian Crawford
Jonathan Pearson
4
Transportation
Electrify Transportation - Reduce 8 gigatons of transportation emissions to 2 gigatons by 2050
5
The Grid
Decarbonize the Grid - Reduce 24 gigatons of global electricity and heating emissions to 3 gigatons by 2050
6
Food
Fix Food - Reduce 9 gigatons of agricultural emissions to 2 gigatons by 2050
7
Industry
Clean Up Industry - Reduce 12 gigatons of industrial emissions to 4 gigatons by 2050
8
CDR
Remove Carbon - Remove 10 gigatons of carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere
9
Politics
Win Politics and Policy
10
Invest!
Invest!
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Week 2 Assignments

Please mark each task as Completed, rate it, and record a few lines (Alt-Enter will create a line break) in My Takeaways.
Module
Format
Mode
L.O.s
Learning Objectives
Activities
Duration
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My Takeaways
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Learner Community
Individual
Pre-Work
Learning Community
Get to know the fellow members of your learning community
SELF-SELECT one small group meeting for week 3
1 min
Submit Assignment
Protect Nature (group selection)
2
Adaptation
Individual
Pre-Work
Climate Models
Evaluate the predictions of climate models for increases in temperature and impacts on natural systems
in Cosmos Magazine (April 2022)
5 mins
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We’re looking at a 4.4 degree celsius increase by 2100 if no climate measures are taken.
3
Adaptation
Individual
Pre-Work
Human Systems
Analyze the impact that natural systems changes will have on human systems
30 mins
Submit Assignment
Enjoyed this reading the most. Comprehensive and illuminating. Learned more about the human impact - Roughly 1/2 the world’s population currently experiences severe water scarcity for at least part of the year.
4
Adaptation
Individual
Pre-Work
Human Systems
Analyze the impact that natural systems changes will have on human systems
REVIEW
by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
10 mins
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Southern California - heat, drought, and wildfires. Impact on water. Climate change will stress groundwater-based systems, resulting in decreased groundwater recharge.
5
Adaptation
Individual
Pre-Work
Natural Systems
Analyze the impact and scale of natural systems changes due to the climate crisis
Kim Stanley Robinson at Bioneers Conference (2023)
20 mins 12 secs
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Ordered this scifi book from the library for later reading. Loved Kim’s message: “there is an acceleration within the acceleration.”
6
Adaptation
Small Group
In Full Class
Natural Systems
Analyze the impact and scale of natural systems changes due to the climate crisis
TEAM PRESENTATIONS Each of 4 groups share their natural systems impact presentations (5 minutes each, 30 minutes total)
30 mins
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TBD
7
Adaptation
Individual
Pre-Work
Human Systems
Analyze the impact that natural systems changes will have on human systems
OPTIONAL READ/LISTEN
2 Degrees chapter in by Mark Lynas (2020)
2 hrs 15 mins
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Food shortages and day zero in the Arctic (ice free North Pole). Heat stroke will acutely impact Pakistan and India. Amazon rain forest is the most important land based ecosystem.
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Week 2 Additional Resources to Learn More

by David Wallace Wells
in The New York Times (July 23, 2020)
by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
documentary on Netflix




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