Science to Go: The Anthropocene – Materials & Energy Resources
Wilmot, OH 44689
Over the past few centuries, humankind has reached such a level of influence that we have literally added our very own stratigraphic layer to Earth’s system, ushering in a brand new geologic epoch called, appropriately: The Anthropocene! During this series of three half-day seminars, Dr. Jeff Corney will take you on a trip through the various human-induced environmental issues that have contributed to this new “layer” in Earth’s history.
Topics include our human population’s consumption of materials, energy, food, water, and soil resources and the associated impacts of our actions, including pollution, climate change, ecosystem degradation, and biodiversity loss. Emphasis will be on the science informing us about the causes, connections, scope and scale of these environmental issues. Select articles on these topics will be provided.
For those of you who may have taken one of our Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) courses, consider this series another important step toward interpreting difficult environmental topics. This series may also be eligible for continuing education credit through Ashland University (if interested, please inquire). Feel free to bring snacks and even a lunch.
Seminar I: Materials & Energy Resources
Saturday, November 10, 9:00 – 12:30
Human population growth and consumption patterns, renewable and non-renewable resource extraction, energy generation, and production of plastics and other commodities.
Seminar II: Food, Water & Soil Resources
Saturday, November 17, 9:00 – 12:30
Agricultural food production, distribution and waste, water and soil resource use, depletion, erosion, compaction, nitrogen and phosphorus deposition.
Seminar III: Loss of Global Biodiversity
Saturday, December 1, 9:00 – 12:30
Terrestrial and marine habitat destruction and subsequent loss of plant and animal species via pollution, climate change, acidification, overharvesting, poaching, and land use change.