Griffith Master of Environment Program
The Environmental Systems and Climate Change course (7250ENV), studied as part of the Griffith Master of Environment program, examines the science and impacts of anthropogenic climate change on the physical, chemical and ecological components of the Earth system. Students in this course come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and professional experiences.
In 2014, the following three essays were written as a reflection on the lecture content and wider readings that students studied in the course. The theme of the essay was to explore whether the present generation will choose to limit their carbon emissions and adjust their lifestyles sufficiently, so that future generations will be able to have a lifestyle at all.
- Dear Professor: Anthropogenic climate change, de-cabonization and lessons learnt from class 7250ENV, written by Meredith Barrie
- Reflections on the following quote in the context of anthropogenic climate change ...and Nathan from Brisvegas, written by Ian Edwards
- Assignment 2: Reflective essay, written by Anita Moore
Meredith Barrie has an Applied Science degree (Built Environment), worked at an Architectural firm in Townsville, moved to Sydney to work in exhibition design, then back to Queensland where she ran a SCUBA shop on North Stradbroke Island. After a few years I returned to 'real work', specializing in cabinetry design, gained Kitchen Design qualifications and worked as a judge with the Housing Industry Association, judging kitchens, bathrooms and display homes across South-East Queensland. Meredith is looking for ways to adapt her current skills, and acquire some new ones, to foster a world where we are all engaged and equipped to make better choices.
Ian Edwards is a chartered accountant with twenty years experience in national and international financial services. He has worked across a broad spectrum of the financial industry including public practice, investment banking and reinsurance. Ian has returned to Australia to undertake a Master of Environment to satisfy an interest and concern about climate change and to explore ways to reduce risk implicit therein.
Anita Moore is a practicing landscape architect and tutors in Landscape Architecture at QUT. Anita is currently undertaking a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning and is particularly interested in policy responses to climate change that address urban and agricultural landscapes.