Why a Comparative Study of Climate Change?
Explore some of the world’s most productive and vulnerable landscapes to witness how climate change impacts regions differently and how communities are responding to the climate crisis. In four cultural and socioecological contexts, you will analyze the challenges of working toward more equitable food, water, and energy systems. Examine the problems and possible solutions with researchers, farmers, renewable energy producers, water managers, activists, social entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations, government officials, and policymakers.
In Morocco, you will meet farmers striving to modernize their agricultural practices and understand how the country, which has few fossil fuels, is embracing renewable energy. In Nepal, you will be uniquely located in a country that is vulnerable to climate change but has numerous initiatives to tackle this global challenge. You will have opportunities to interact with experts, communities, and institutions across the country, and to participate in a guided trek in Nepal’s famed mountains to witness firsthand the accelerating impacts of climate change. In Ecuador, you will explore resilience strategies in and around Quito and travel to the Amazon Basin to understand the threats of climate change and efforts to protect this extraordinary region from ongoing mineral and fossil fuel extraction
Explore a Day in the Life of an IHP student!
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- Meet climate justice movement activists in California fighting for social change.
- See how energy and agriculture policy impact local communities in Morocco.
- Examine the complex nexus of food, water, and energy systems in Nepal.
- Experience the unique biodiversity of the Amazon Basin and learn about the ongoing efforts to protect it.
None, although previous coursework in political science, economics, or environmental science is recommended.