This exciting new component within our CLIP-VE course will look at Eco-literacy:
the language of life. For many immigrants coming to New York, this course
provides a fascinating holistic look at the deeper language of the metropolitan
landscape; at the history and culture of NYC within an ecological, economic
and global context. Designed as lecture series with an interactive, web
based discussion board, the course will provide exciting insight for students
seeking sustainable lifestyles or business solutions in NY, as well those
interested in pursuing an academic career in the natural sciences. The
premise for this course segment revolves around a new global reality for
humans worldwide; in NY and elsewhere for the first time in the history
of humankind, we - the human species - have become an urban species. Today
more than 50% of the world population lives in metropolises. From New
York to Tokyo to Lagos, mega-cities are now the norm. This represents
a drastic change in our ecology and how we fit into the world, economically
and politically. It represents a huge strain on the global environment
of which we are intrinsic parts - and players.
To understand this global reality from the perspective of biology and
some of the simpler laws of physics is to become ecologically literate.
For many, it is the first step in our endeavor to build sustainable communities.
New York's role is more than relevant: our city is an essential actor
in the underlying patterns and processes of 'globalization' that have
led to this new 'ecology' of the species. To learn this language here,
to be ecologically literate in New York, is to fully understand the world
around us. Ultimately, it is to understand the mechanics of change –
and how to change them.
The instruction will divide into three elemental components. 1) Fauna,
flora, rocks and water of NYC. 2) How do these come together to form ecosystems?
What are the different habitats of NYC? 3) Is the City itself an ecosystem?
Lessons of a dysfunctional system…Solutions and sustainable cities.