Workshop: Climate Change, Energy, Engagement, Solutions

Course ID - CTD0488g 

Short Title: Climate Change  

 Audience    Faculty 
Length of Workshop:        6 hours (2 F2F and 2 pre workshop and 2 post-workshop

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.

Climate Change is referred to by many as the single most important challenge facing civilization today. A brief history of climate research, human impacts on climate, and current international agreements on safe temperature increases as well as opportunities and solutions to this challenge will be reviewed.
Prior to the workshop, participants will:
1. read an article detailing facts and figures related to fossil fuel consumption and impact on global warming resulting in climate change
2. read an essay exploring the moral and ethical issues of choosing to continue warming the atmosphere
3. read an overview of why climate change poses significant challenges to our perceptual, cognitive and affective information-processing systems, making
    it and its threats difficult to engage with and appreciate. During the workshop, participants will view and discuss top climate scientist James Hansen's
    TED Talk titled Why I must speak out about climate change (20 minutes).
Finally, a short review of climate impacts facing South Florida will be given and renewable energy sources as alternative to fossil fuel use will be discussed

Reading - Prior to workshop: David Orr – Long Tails and Ethics: Thinking about the Unthinkable Bill McKibben - A Matter of Degrees, 2 page article from Orion Magazine, or Global Warming’s Terrible New Math, 9 page article from Rolling Stone David Roberts - Why Climate Change Doesn’t Spark Moral Outrage, and How it Could (estimated 2 hours)

Evaluation will include completion of readings, workshop, and participant must develop a discipline specific lesson plan that incorporates exploration of an understanding of human contributions to climate change and opportunities for solutions.  Lesson plan is due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the workshop, and will be posted on the Earth Ethics webpage. 


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how humans are impacting climate
  • Explain how global warming relates to current extreme weather events
  • Describe expected impacts of climate change on South Florida
  • Explain the importance of 2 degrees centigrade in relation to climate change
  • List six psychological challenges posed by climate change to the human moral judgment system
  • List six strategies that can be used to bolster the recognition of climate change as a moral imperative
  • Identify opportunities to address human caused climate change
  • List renewable energy sources that are available as alternatives to fossil fuels


Dates of Workshop

Reference #

Delivery Format

Meeting Days/Time



10/19/12 738100 Blended Friday
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Wolfson/3208-09 Dr. John Parker


Registration information
Course ID: CTD0488g 
Course Title: Climate Change
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

Registration for CT&D workshops are through the Student Information and Registration system.  The process for registering for a CTD workshop will be the same as registering for a regular class at MDC.  

New - Easier registration for workshops

You can access the Registration System and register for a CTD workshop using the same user name and password that use to login to your computer.    Example:   Richard Johnson  would be rjohnson     (You will NOT need to create a separate student myMDC account to register for a CTD workshop

Make a note of the Reference Number for the workshop then go to Registration Instructions

Once you have registered for a class, you can print your schedule.    Please make every effort to attend once you've registered as seats are limited.     However, If you need to drop, you can also do this through the Web Registration screen.     CTD classes will appear on your transcript as non-credit classes.

If you need special assistance to participate in this workshop due to a disability, please call CT&D at 7-2366 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  College Training and Development complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.