Project Abby 2100 - Abstract

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In order to move the debate beyond the extent of anthropogenic interference, students in Professor Tom Mullikin's Global Climate Change class at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Galapagos Islands campus, examined the likely reality on the island in the year 2100 based upon the best peer-reviewed science. To bolster the analysis, interviews were conducted with local elders to determine how climate has changed throughout their lifetime. Furthermore, the reality of the island in 2100 was framed by plotting climate changes that would occur alongside life moments of a baby named Abby who was born during the course in Spring 2015. Through humanizing the changes of an ever evolving climate, the students were able to engage in appropriate and well considered policy solutions.