There is currently a sweeping realization of the importance of the environment to the human condition. Before this watershed, environmental issues were seen as local or regional concerns, extraneous to economic growth, matters of health, aesthetics, and perhaps ethics. Presently, the environment has assumed a global dimension, and beginning to be seen as intrinsic to economic growth or decline, and to be recognized as significant determinants of nations’ prosperity, governability, and security. This course will analyze these global changes through specific environmental impact factors such as: technology and risks, population growth, consumption, environmental policies, climate change, the greening of trade, or trading off the environment, food and hunger, waste minimization, saving of raw materials, and energy conservation. There are no pre-requisites. The course will be open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors.