Splash Biography

NICK FAMULARO, Yale first-year majoring in environmental studies

Major: Environmental Studies (EVST)

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Nick is an undergraduate student who is passionate about environmental protection, politics, and grassroots activism. He was born in New York and hails from an Italian family. Nick spent most of his childhood in the coastal city of St. Augustine, Florida. His academic interests include climate science, public health, environmental policy, and social movement studies. When he isn’t worrying about greenhouse gas emissions, Nick enjoys hanging out with friends, sleeping, and volunteering at the Yale Farm.

Past Classes

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S3750: Introduction to Environmental Policy and Activism in Splash Spring 19 (Apr. 06, 2019)
Since the dawn of civilization, humanity has exploited the Earth by depleting natural resources, polluting ecosystems, and diminishing biodiversity. This lecture will provide a general overview of society's most pressing environmental issues, including climate change, air and water pollution, deforestation, species extinction, commercial agriculture, urban sprawl, solid waste, and resource extraction. Students will become familiar with the history of the environmental movement and the policy that has improved our relationship with the natural environment. This course will also include an activism workshop in which students will gain skills in organizing, public speaking, lobbying, and designing social movements.

E3517: Tropical Ecology and Rainforest Conservation in Sprout Spring 19 (Feb. 16 - Mar. 02, 2019)
Over 100 acres of tropical rainforest are destroyed every minute. Reckless deforestation threatens biodiversity, drives climate change, and violates the rights of indigenous peoples. Tropical ecosystems provide many services, such as trapping harmful air pollutants, producing oxygen, filtering water, serving as habitat for wildlife, and supporting the livelihoods of countless individuals. If society does not adopt a more sustainable approach to forest management, we will feel devastating consequences in the near future. This course will provide a survey of basic ecological concepts, modern forestry policy, sustainable alternatives, and international conservation efforts. Students will develop a strong appreciation for tropical forests and a greater awareness of the ecological devastation that is occurring around the world.

S3377: Global Climate Change: 21st Century Science and Solutions in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 27, 2018)
The greatest challenge currently facing humanity is a rapidly warming climate. Since the industrial revolution, greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere have dramatically increased, while heat waves, wildfires, and extreme storms are becoming more frequent. Our unsustainable practices are having significant consequences, which will undoubtedly shape the future of life on Earth. In order to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change, swift action is necessary through governmental regulation and grassroots organizing. What is the science behind climate change? How will society adapt to this global challenge? Why do people deny climate science? How will we implement effective solutions? What can we, as individuals, do about it? These are just a few of the many questions we will strive to answer. Join us!