Food, Farming, and Climate Change
This is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate or graduate level college credit course for all teachers K-12 and other environmental educators.
Receive two college credits for a total cost of $250. This includes the college credit, food, lodging, and teaching materials. This is made possible by grant funding through REAP-CEP.
First Workshop: Mt. Vernon Sleep Inn--February 24-26 and April 28-29, 2017
NOTE: The Mt. Vernon session is full. There is plenty of room in the Marshalltown session to be held June 28-30. Please contact Dr. Barbara Ehlers at email@example.com with questions.
Second Workshop: Marshalltown Best Western
June 28, 29, 30, 2017 and April 7, 2018
(Must attend these dates to receive credit)
In the 2012 Report to the President on Agricultural Preparedness and Agriculture Research Enterprise, several new challenges to agriculture were outlined; risks associated with emerging threats such as new pests and pathogens, the increasing importance of water quality and quantity, the environmental impacts of agriculture on human and environmental health, the effect of agriculture on native biodiversity, the degradation of soil quality, soil erosion, carbon and mineral depletion, reduced water infiltration, increased reliance on chemical fertilizers, and the adaptation to a changing climate.
The major scientific agencies of the United States — including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — agree that climate change is occurring and that humans are contributing to it. In 2010, the National Research Council concluded that "Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused by human activities, and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems". Many independent scientific organizations have released similar statements, both in the United States and abroad. This doesn't necessarily mean that every scientist sees eye to eye on each component of the climate change problem, but broad agreement exists that climate change is happening and is primarily caused by excess greenhouse gases from human activities.
Scientists are still researching a number of important questions, including exactly how much Earth will warm, how quickly it will warm, and what the consequences of the warming will be in specific regions of the world. Scientists continue to research these questions so society can be better informed about how to plan for a changing climate. However, enough certainty exists about basic causes and effects of climate change to justify taking actions that reduce future risks. (https://www.epa.gov/climatechange/climate-change-basic-information)
Should action be taken to address climate change?
The eii model utilizes:
Thematic Integration of:
EDU 461/561: Environmental Issues Instruction: Food, Farming, and Climate Change
Two hours of undergraduate or graduate credit from Upper Iowa University
Dr. Barb Ehlers, eii director
Associate Professor of Education
Upper Iowa University
Julie Delaney, Associate Director
Principal, St. Paul the Apostle
Jeff Monteith, Associate Director
K-12 Extended Learning Program Teacher
New Hampton Schools
New Hampton, Iowa