The past ten years has seen environmental sciences become more and more popular at universities and colleges the world over, with many tertiary institutions implementing courses designed towards very specific career outcomes.
Unity College, a private college in Maine, has decided to tie every aspect of its curriculum to the mitigation of climate change under the leadership of its new president, Stephen Mulkey.
“We are running out of time,” Mulkey said in a statement released in November of last year. “While our public policy makers equivocate and avoid the topic of climate change, the window of opportunity for salvaging a livable planet for our children and grandchildren is rapidly closing.”
Now that commitment and drive has shaped Unity College into a tertiary institution solely dedicated to mitigating the effects of climate change. Every major offered at ‘America’s Environmental College’ is tied to this one singular focus, a transdisciplinary approach to this generation’s greatest challenge.
The liberal arts college will give students the opportunity to pursue everything from conservation law enforcement through to environmental writing (where we hope they’ll then come to Cleantechnica).
Furthermore, Unity College made the decision in December to divest themselves from all investments in fossil fuels.
“The way forward is clear, though for many confrontation-averse academics the path seems impassable,” Mulkey said. “It requires action that is unnatural to the scientifically initiated: to fight to regain the territory illegitimately occupied by the climate change deniers.”
The hope from such decisions is that more-mainstream tertiary institutions will pick up the call and start making environmentally helpful decisions as part of their vision statements.
Training the future scientists will provide us with the technical expertise to begin to grasp what we’ve done to our planet, but those arts students must also take their place in an effort to create a world where not only they can live, but their children can live as well.