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Climate change course offered

The River Falls Public Library is offering an opportunity to engage in an online classroom lecture and discussion series about climate change policy and its relationship with public health, designed to explore the connections, challenges and tradeoffs that underlie our relationships to the natural world, to one another and to our communities, across our state and around the world.

The class is one of a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by the library in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Library Services.

MOOCs are unique virtual teaching, learning and research experiences that are not for credit, aimed at unlimited participation and available at no cost to learners.

Those wishing to participate can log on to the registration site at www.coursera.org/course/ccandph where a syllabus of the course sessions is also available.

The library is hosting three discussion sessions which will follow up on the online courses.

The first is Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. We will explore crucial background information for this course, including the scientific consensus on climate change and its known impacts on health.

The second session on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. will cover health benefits of renewable energy and efficient housing, with a detailed look at how burning fossil fuels impacts air pollution and health

The final session will be on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. This session will combine MOOC classes three and four, exploring the benefits of sustainable agriculture, active transportation, and smart urban design.

Kelly Cain, director of the St. Croix Institute in Stillwater will facilitate the third session. He brings with him his vision for a restorative, regenerative, resilient, and re-localized future for the St. Croix Valley watershed.

For more information about MOOCs, visit:www.moocs.wisc.edu. To find out more about the discussions, call Katie at (715)  426-3496.