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“Global Weirding,” Or: One Last Thought on COP17

Claire Tighe ‘13 It’s a lovely day in January. The sun is shining; the day is warm. People are out jogging, walking their dogs, and even golfing. The scary part? I’m not describing Durban, South Africa. I’m describing Chicago, Illinois, USA. Yes, in Chicago, Illinois in January 2012, there are people rounding the eighteenth hole like it’s an early July morning. There’s no snow on the ground; the temperature is nearing fifty degrees farenheit. It’s been a few weeks since my return from the COP17 conference in Durban. Here’s a sum of my thoughts since December. Basically, it’s too late to wait for international governmental regimes to make change for us. At this point, even if all of the countries in the world completely cut all of their carbon emissions, Earth would still … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Key COP17 Issues, Student Research, Mosaic Action, Conservation, Consumption, Environmental Politics, Featured, Environmental Justice

“The Last Destination…” -Pico Iyer

“The Last Destination…” -Pico Iyer

By: Anna McGinn ‘14 “The last destination isn’t the final place on the itinerary, but what happens when you get home and try to make sense of it” -Pico Iyer Over the past few weeks, numerous people have asked me to share with them the highlights of my time in South Africa- What will I most remember about the trip? What were some of the most interesting things I learned? Usually, I respond by explaining that although … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Mosaic Action, Environmental Politics, Environmental Justice

What do Apartheid, COP17, and Poverty Have in Common?

What do Apartheid, COP17, and Poverty Have in Common?

By Timothy Damon ’12 The answer: South Africa. Apartheid and COP17 may both have ended, but the effects of racism still continue to this day and climate change has only begun to manifest its seriousness. Poverty and unemployment, old problems, yet reign, as does the constant impact from HIV/AIDS.  It was against this backdrop that I experienced South Africa during the three weeks of our Mosaic. It was a trip that has left me with much … Read entire article »

Filed under: Student Research, Mosaic Action, Environmental Politics, Environmental Justice

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