The intensive, interdisciplinary, and hands-on mosaic programs that I have taken while at Dickinson College have been the best and most unique educational experiences of my college career. The course From Kyoto to Copenhagen is more than just a course with a traveling component. The program offers the unique experience for students to get their […]

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Sarah Brylinsky on December 8th, 2009

The Association for the Advancement of Higher Education (AASHE) has featured student and higher education participation and observations at the COP15 for the duration of the conference and in to the coming spring. Read the full bulletin here. The Dickinson College blog (hey- that’s us!) is featured as a way to gain a student (and […]

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Kelly Rogers on December 8th, 2009

This semester at Dickinson I took a course about Comparative Law. All semester we studied the differences and similarities between legal systems of different nations. One author we read, Patrick Glenn, suggests that by studying an individual nation’s legal systems and traditions, one can uncover “truth.” Since I have been at the Cop-15 here in […]

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Sarah Brylinsky on December 8th, 2009

Negotiations on development of carbon market mechanisms mirror the development of carbon and footprint-reduction planning in higher education. Development of a Climate Action Plan (CAP), an obligation for signatories of the ACUPCC President’s Climate Commitment, requires institutions to reduce their carbon footprint in an effort to reach climate neutrality. Creating such a plan requires planning for and creating: a) an accurate calculation of baseline emissions, b) mechanisms for reducing and/or offsetting those emissions, and c) a feasibility plan including a time-line, project-priorities, and culture-change which ensure the longevity and success of the CAP. A major proposal for reducing global carbon emission is the creation of a market which would create financial and developmental incentives for both nations and private sectors to complete step “b” on an international level – what lessons can be exchanged between higher education and the negotiations forum?

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Sarah Brylinsky on November 24th, 2009

The Kyoto to Copenhagen Research Team from Dickinson College plans to explore COP15 participants’ perceptions and values on climate change negotiations. Focusing on the issue of “common but differentiated responsibilities,” the interdisciplinary student team plans to explore the values and viewpoints of delegation members, citizens, youth, constituency members, and global citizens as voices in the movement to combat climate change.

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