IHP Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy
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Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program locations can vary from year to year.
United States: California
The program begins in California, where students will consider California’s state-level efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and its investments in renewable energy. Students will spend time in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of California’s most important ecological habitats and home to a number of endangered species; California’s Central Valley, where agricultural practices have altered the habitat and where a number of nature reserves have been created; and the California-Mexico border.
Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Central Highlands, Mekong River Delta
Students will spend time in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. They will also visit the Central Highlands, home to many primitive forests and national parks as well as some of the most endangered species in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Students will also spend time in the Mekong River Delta, where more than 1,000 species were discovered between 1997 and 2007. Here, students will examine how development in the area is encroaching on wildlife and how climate change threatens the region’s species.
Morocco: Rabat, Casablanca, the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara
Students will be based in the port city of Rabat, Morocco’s capital and political and diplomatic center, and will travel to other important sites within the country. They will visit Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city and economic center, and have an excursion to the Atlas Mountains, a mountain range rich in natural resources and home to many species unique in Africa. Students will also visit the Sahara where they can observe a desert climate and the ways in which animals and humans living in the Sahara have adapted to that climate.
Bolivia: Cochabamba, La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Potosí, the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni
Students will be based in Cochabamba, one of Bolivia’s most socially progressive cities and, in 2000, the location of successful protests against the privatization of water. They will take excursions to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government; Lake Titicaca, which, since 2000, has experienced consistently receding water levels because of changes in climate; the mining town Potosí, one of the highest cities in the world; and Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat.
Duration: Fall or Spring, 15 weeks
USA, Vietnam, Morocco, Bolivia
Prerequisites: Coursework in political science, economics, and/or environmental science recommended. Learn More...
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