Why Study Climate Change?
Visit key sites in northern California, Puerto Rico, and Chile to learn about the complexities of climate change through the lens of environmental justice. Through both classroom and field-based inquiry, examine the systemic causes and impacts of climate change and develop the ability to critically analyze the politics of mitigation and adaptation strategies. See first-hand how social relations of power shape the ways environmental change impacts communities in socially differentiated forms. Learn how to critically interrogate the politics of knowledge at the science-policy interface of climate action and debate the appropriate roles of government, business, social movements, and individuals in addressing the climate crisis. Over the course of eight weeks traveling in the U.S. and seven weeks in Chile, engage with in-country academics and professionals, public servants and policy makers, and civil society actors such as NGO managers, union members, activists, and social movement leaders. A significant component of this learning experience will entail excursions to sites of land, food, water, and/or energy conflicts, as well as to sites of resistance to the status quo and socio-environmental transformation toward just and sustainable futures.
Explore a Day in the Life of an IHP student!
- Meet climate justice movement activists in California fighting for social change.
- Examine the nexus of food, water, and energy systems and envision working for a sustainable future.
- Learn about grassroots collective action in Puerto Rico forging a "just recovery" from climate disaster.
- Visit indigenous communities in Chile resisting large-scale development to protect their water and food sovereignty.
None, although previous coursework in political science, economics, and/or environmental science is recommended.