Pretty easy, overall.
The information can be very bleak and saddening when you learn how mercilessly humans are exploiting nature, but it's extremely important to know, even if you don't consider yourself an environmentalist or even care about the environment. By the end of this class, you will have to. Ties in economics, sustainability.
One thing Dr. Lipman said that sticks with me is that we shouldn't think of environmentalism as "Save the Planet" like all the bumper stickers say. It's really about saving the human species by ensuring that nature can support future generations. Planet Earth will almost certainly outlive the human species, so what we need to do is stop our trajectory toward (now into) the 6th mass extinction. We will cause many more species to die off, and we will follow soon after. More and more technology will not help us in the future - we have all the technology we need to turn to sustainable living, and "in the end, we cannot eat money and we cannot drink oil".
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GE CLST M1A is essentially the same course.