Climate Change, Energy, and Social Justice
This course will provide an interdisciplinary understanding of 1) climate change and its impacts 2) how the current energy system contributes to climate change, and 3) how the current energy system and the transition to the new system are related to social justice. This class will draw on the science behind climate change, view the energy system as a large sociotechnical system, and explore how changing the system is harder than it might look. We see how public policies and perceptions are divided around climate and energy with a specific example of the case of public deliberation on climate and energy. Finally, we will see how the change to the alternative energy source might impact marginalized communities. Here, this class will explore the twin goals of increasing energy access (or, reducing energy poverty) and transitioning to renewable energy without harming people and the planet. We will collectively think about the pathways for the transition towards just, clean, and sustainable energy systems.