Why Study 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 socio-ecological contexts, you’ll analyze the challenges of working toward more equitable food, water, and energy policies. Examine the problems and possible solutions with researchers, farmers, activists, social entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations, and policymakers. In California, study the scientific basis of climate change, before heading to Vietnam, where you’ll learn about a budding organic farming movement, the complexities of sustainable development, and the challenges facing the third largest river delta in the world. In Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, you’ll meet farmers striving to modernize their agricultural practices and understand how the country, which has few fossil fuels, is embracing renewable energy. Finish in Bolivia, where the economy relies on largescale mining and natural gas extraction, even as the country, by law, recognizes the need for environmental justice.
Explore a Day in the Life of an IHP student!
- Meet climate justice movement activists in California fighting for social change.
- Examine the complex nexus of food, water and energy systems in Vietnam.
- In Morocco, see how energy and agricultural policy impact local communities.
- Grapple with increasing tensions between the environment and development in Bolivia.
None, although previous coursework in political science, economics, and/or environmental science is recommended.