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No Time Like the Present

No Time Like the Present

By: Christine Burns ’14 This semester we embarked on a quest for knowledge and understanding about how climate change has affected us in the past, and what it means for us today and in the future.  Then we went to COP 17 in Durban, South Africa and we got to experience first hand how a group of people united by one cause (mitigating climate change) can be so divided.  All 192 countries came into the COP with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change

What’s your Issue?

What’s your Issue?

By: Christine Burns ’14 The last week of our three week adventure in South Africa was spent in the Valley of 1000 Hills. We spent the first few days working at orphanages and then two days exploring the Valley. For me, spending that last week in the Valley of 1000 Hills was the most appropriate way to end our climate change trip. It was a week for the group to do some reflection, individually and communally. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Mosaic Action, Environmental Justice

A Leader does not Choose itself, but is Chosen by People

A Leader does not Choose itself, but is Chosen by People

By: Christine Burns ’14 Our last week in South Africa was spent decompressing after the COP, and helping others. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were spent working at Makaphutu Children’s Village. Makaphutu is an orphanage mostly for children affected by HIV/AIDS. These children may have lost one or both of their parents to AIDS, and they may be affected themselves, but you would never be able to tell by their spirit. Our task while at the orphanage was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Mosaic Action

A Glimmer of Hope

A Glimmer of Hope

By: Christine Burns ’14 Talks here at Durban have seemed pretty grim over the past two weeks, but maybe something will come together in the final hour!  At the beginning of the COP the EU proposed a “road map” that might be able to pacify countries like the US.  The road map is a plan to incorporate all major economies in a legal agreement by 2015.  This means that countries like China and India which are major … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Key COP17 Issues, Student Research, Environmental Politics