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Climatic changes -- Study and teaching, City planning -- Effect of climatic changes on, Sustainable development


The purpose for this paper: How can I engage students in thinking about climate change as a planning issue without glossing over or disregarding their growing skepticism about their own futures? This paper is not so much about how I teach, or how I could teach. Rather, it is more conceptual with respect to planning itself. More to the point: how does planning fit into this emerging, and dark, worldview? Planning, after all, is a discipline steeped in hope, and climate change seems to be bringing forth, at least for some, a palpable wave of despair. This is a direct challenge both the to idealism (if not happiness) of my students and to the principles underlying the practice of planning itself.


Presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 2012

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