01:450:102 Transforming the Global Environment

This introductory geography course explores how human activities and natural systems interact with each other to profoundly transform the environment.

Environmental geography begins with recognition that what we call “natural resources” is socially constructed. In other words, something may become a resource if humans make it so through a variety of economic, cultural, and technological filters. It is not possible to understand environmental problems

Without understanding the demographic, cultural, political, and economic processes that lead to increased resource consumption and waste generation. Students will uncover that environmental transformations occur at individual, community, regional, national, and global scales. In this course we will examine aspects of the Earth’s physical geography such as biomes, climate systems, renewable energy, and air quality, as well as components of our human geography such as urban environmental footprints, sustainability, food resources, and population change.

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