GCC 3031/5031

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The Global Climate Challenge: Creating an Empowered Movement for Change

The course will use a strategy of grassroots empowerment to help students connect to the heart of what they really value; to understand the threat of climate change; to examine how they feel in the light of that threat; and to take powerful action together. Students will work in groups throughout the course to assess the global ecological threat and they will be a part of designing and executing an activity to empower a community to take action. 

What Students are Saying

"[GCC 3031/5031] has contributed to my personal growth this semester, challenging me to engage and embrace opportunities more than I normally would. That makes the learning from the semester continue on, even after the class is done."

"Students were engaged and connected as partners in learning rather than being solely recipients of knowledge."


Student Stories

Cut the Crap!

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"Our project is the creation of a website that includes sustainability tips, DIYs, personal journey stories and ways to get involved from home during this pandemic. This website is a way to engage all people and ages in the sustainability movement and to inspire us all to change our actions." - Bella Bekos and Zoe Noel Pettit, May 2020

Powering the University of Minnesota with 100% Renewable Energy

Andrea Veloira
[May 2019] Andrea Veloira and her teammates from GCC 3031/5031 are setting an example for Minnesota lawmakers by working toward 100% carbon-neutrality on University Of Minnesota campuses. 

Course Details

Meeting Time: Spring 2021, Tuesdays from 3:45 – 6:30 p.m.

Location: Remote (online synchronous)

Liberal Education Theme: Civic Life and Ethics

Topics: Climate, grassroots empowerment, community action

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Must be a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student

Professors: Jessica Gutknecht, Julia Nerbonne, and Teddie Potter

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