Adapting to climate change, and lessening its effects, means we will need to abandon oil, gas, and coal. But, those fossil fuels are the foundation of our current economy and society. What shifts will occur in how we live our lives as we transition to a "post-carbon society?" This course begins with the latest information on climate change and expands from there, to the human adaptation it will require, especially in the Bay Area. We will examine the highest emitters of greenhouse gases and look at how our lives will change as we reduce their "carbon footprint."
Ed Church's 35-year career in government, nonprofits and business has required translating technical information for use by the public and decision makers. Recently retired as the Director of the Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship, his observations on the effects of adapting to climate change have been widely published. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley.