Harvard Yard. photo: D Millar
Harvard Center for the Environment has created a 13-unit course with free online videos and online texts, for highschool teachers or college credit. The center's Director Daniel Schrag, who served as chief content developer for the course, "recruited a veritable dream team" of more than 40 scientists who designed the course’s 13 units and discuss their research on camera. It is available online at Annenberg's www.learner.org; on CD; or as educational TV broadcasts (see schedule for 2008).
The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science explains the natural global cycles of the Earth and the effects humans have on Earth’s ability to sustain life. Each video includes two scientists talking about leading-edge research. The 13 units cover the formation of the planet, its atmosphere, oceans, and ecosystems; human population dynamics, pollution risks, agriculture, water; the biodiversity and energy crises, climate change, and possible solutions.