Increased interest, enrolment in environmental science as students face climate crisis

July 19, 2021

Postsecondary students are becoming increasingly interested in environmental science as the climate crisis becomes more obvious through heat waves, writes Maggie Macintosh of the Winnipeg Free Press. Macintosh speaks to students and researchers, such as University of Winnipeg student Catherine Goltz, who have been inspired to continue studying environmental studies in order to protect the environment. Macintosh reports that UWinnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre has seen enrolment in the undergraduate department of environmental studies increase by almost 200%, and that the centre plans to start a new interdisciplinary environmental and social change program in Fall 2021. “In order to solve a big, complicated challenge like climate change, it’s not going to be someone with a degree in climatology working in a room by themselves,” said Nor Casson, co-director of the Prairie Climate Centre. Winnipeg Free Press (Subscription req.) (MB)