1/23/13 Update – Course is FULL and Registration has Closed! Thank you!

Register for WNCA’s new course! Global Warming: Changing Course  is a six-session discussion course book exploring the history and science of global warming, personal values and habits as they relate to climate change, and personal actions to curb the effects of global warming.  The course will also cover, Powering a Bright Future,  exploring issues related to energy use, and what we can do to take action as individuals and communities interested in promoting energy sustainability. Energy allows mobility, growth, adaptability and development, yet energy can also be a complex and confusing topic, especially when you start to consider all of its related issues: access, security, production, and environmental impacts. This course contains solution-based curriculum encouraging discourse on energy production and extraction, peak oil, fossil fuel subsidies, energy efficiency, equity, energy policy and environmental impacts. Authors include Lester Brown, Richard Heinberg, Amory Lovins and others. Global Warming Changing Course and Powering a Bright Future are one of 11 course books offered by the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI).

  •  When: Every Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 24 (introductory class), ending Feb. 28.
  • Where: Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, Asheville
  • Cost: $35 for WNCA members; $40 for non-members
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, Jan. 18th

Books will be handed out at the first meeting, but pre-registration is required.  To register please call course leader, Rachel Moore, at 828-258-8737 or email rachel@wnca.org by Jan. 18  See below or the GWCC flyer and description and the PBF flyer and description for more information on course content!

Course Outline:

Jan. 24: Introductions and “Off Course”

Course books will be handed out and discussion leaders will be assigned for each class.

Communities around the world are experiencing the effects of global warming. This session explores personal responses to climate change and why society has been slow to respond.

Jan. 31: “Collision Course”

To better understand the complexities of global warming, this session breaks down the history and science of global climate change and identifies our participation in this ecological crisis.

Feb. 7:  “Changing Course”

Although global warming is a daunting issue, there are accessible and significant actions we can all take. This session explores new strategies for addressing climate change and considers personal action to mitigate the effects of global warming.

Feb. 14: “Setting a New Course”

What will it take to create a sustainable future? Explore our individual and collective power to shape an effective response to climate change, enabling future generations to meet their needs.

Feb. 21: Powering a Bright Future “The Big Picture: Shedding Light on Energy”

Session One establishes a basic understanding of energy sources and end uses, and explores issues of energy use, extraction, equity, access, policy, and connections to climate change.

Feb. 28: Powering a Bright Future “How to Plug In”

Session Two considers what changes need to be made in order to create a sustainable energy future. Personal actions will be explored in relation to energy use. Readings examine energy efficiency ideas and low carbon food tips.

1/23/13 Update – Course is FULL and Registration has Closed! Thank you!