The cumulative impacts of fossil fuel use and large-scale agricultural production have led to a breaking point in environmental crises. The excessive heat, destructive floods, ocean dead zones and red tides have demonstrated that environmental crises are being felt locally and globally – but how will climate change and water pollution affect the South Shore region?
Using the Mississippi River as a case study, we will explore the interconnectedness of ecology, geology, and human activities from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico. Then we will pull together the lessons learned and consider the coming decades along the shores of Lake Superior. Our objective is to describe the changes to our lands, waters, and communities from climate change and the science-based opportunities that can help us manage for a more resilient future.
This class will take place January 31, February 7, 14 and 21, 3:30-5:30p.m., at Hurley High School, with Tom Fitz, Peter Levi and Titus Seilheimer.
Class 1 (Levi): Human stressors to the structure and function of freshwater ecosystems in the Midwest
Class 2 (Fitz): Geo-engineers: How humans have tried, and failed, to tame the mighty Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico
Class 3 (Seilheimer): From floods to droughts and ever-changing water levels: Plotting the course of management actions in the face of uncertainty
Class 4 (Fitz, Levi, and Seilheimer): The future of water and climate in the South Shore region of northern Wisconsin and Michigan
Requirements: Strongly recommended reading: Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crises by Jeremy B.C. Jackson and Steve Chapple
Special Pricing for this series is the result of grant for water education.
Registration is $20 per person and can be accomplished by clicking here: https://feuniversity.org/class/from-freshwater-shores-to-shining-saltwater-seas-an-investigation-of-environmental-crises-along-the-mississippi-river-and-beyond/2024-01-31/#tribe-tickets