Beyond Plastic Pollution (APA2334.02)

Judith Enck

Beyond Plastic Pollution is an environmental policy class that focuses on the systemic reasons why millions of tons of plastics enter the ocean each year.  Through the lense of environmental justice, this cutting-edge class focuses on how plastic pollution is a climate change issue; how the plastics industry spins the myth that we can recycle our way out of the problem; environmental racism; the health impacts of plastic production and use and alternatives to plastics. Most importantly, students will learn what they can do to address the problem in their own community, state and nation.  This class includes a strong focus on public action. The class profile includes college students taking the class for credit, alongside community people who are auditing the class.

Learning Outcomes:
The root causes of plastic pollution
The connection to climate change and health issues
The environmental justice implications of plastic production, use and disposal
Public policies that advance alternatives to plastics
Advocacy skills

Delivery Method: Fully remote
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
W 7:00PM - 8:50PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 125
Course Frequency: Every Term

Categories: 2000 , Advancement of Public Action , All courses , Fully remote , One Credit , Second Seven Week