Monday, 23 January 2012
Contemplating Climate Change from an Alaskan Perspective
Hall E (New Orleans Convention Center )
Andrea Evans and Brett Roth teach at Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska. Brett Roth is entering his 7th year of teaching, and teaches advanced placement environmental science and biology. Andrea Evans will be teaching her thirteenth year at Dimond High and teaches oceanography/marine biology and biology. Both participants are active skiers and outdoors people and their appreciation of the outdoors acts as a platform from which they approach their teaching, and their own growth and continuing education. The purpose of taking the AMS climate change course was to further scientific knowledge of climate change and to contemplate the feedback mechanisms between human impact and climate change with the intent of meaningfully sharing this information with students and colleagues, both immediate colleagues and those in different fields in the community. The AMS Climate Change course brought to light the numerous and diverse variables that affect climate change, and even more importantly their inextricable interrelatedness. The extensive nature of climate change mechanisms is not well understood by mainstream professionals, and even less so by mainstream society. Outreach activities will be two-fold. Sharing AMS course materials with professional colleagues and initiating a dialogue o how to use this information in classrooms. In addition, meeting with local community council members in order to provide information that can be applied when making important community decisions. Considering the significant impact of climate change on the Arctic region, the long-term goal is that both of these outreach steps will result in mobilizing Alaskan communities to take action to mitigate or eliminate factors that contribute to climate change.