The “Invisible” Impacts of Climate Change: Mental & Psychosocial Health

When people think about the health impacts of climate change, they tend to focus on the physical impacts: the spread of vector-borne diseases, rises in heat-related and respiratory illnesses, more severe cases of malnutrition, and the increased risk of injury or death from extreme weather events, among others. What people don’t tend to think about …

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The Irony of a Climate Change Conference: COP26

I recently had the opportunity to travel to COP26 as a member of the University of Michigan’s Delegation. What an experience! Attending events and plenaries where the discussions of climate action were taking place was exciting and yet frustrating. Frustrating because the negotiations were not progressing fast enough and were not aggressive enough to combat …

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Nuclear’s Role in Fighting Climate Change

As tempting as it is, I’ll try not to spend too much time trying to convince you that nuclear power is the answer to how we save the world from the climate crisis. Please recognize my restraint though; advocating for nuclear is deeply engrained into most nuclear engineering curricula. We are taught to internalize many …

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“Keep Polluters Out, Let the People In:” A Rallying Call for Climate Justice at COP25

Since 1995, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has hosted the yearly Conferences of Parties (COP) to facilitate international climate policy. Organizations from around the world gather to set the agenda for coordinated action on climate change. Marking its 25th meeting, COP25 suffered multiple setbacks beginning during the planning stages and continuing …

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The Politics of Power in Global Climate Efforts: A Reflection

The 25th Conference of Parties (COP 25) was originally scheduled to be held in Santiago, Chile, but a national fight against structural injustices there led to a last-minute change of locale. Instead, the global climate change convening took place in Madrid, Spain. While I and the other U-M delegates were able to change our flights …

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Interwoven Entanglements: Reflections on Indigenous Language and Community-Engagement at COP25

It’s day 3 of COP25 and I’m serving as a volunteer, note taking for the UN Secretariat at the Joint Event on Integrating Local and Indigenous knowledge into Adaptation Action. As the facilitator, Musonda Mumba, Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit at the UNEP staged a guiding question, “How do we integrate the diverse knowledge …

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Sustainable Tourism: Challenging a Personal and Global Catch-22

At 37,000 feet in the air, there was a hint of hypocrisy that filled my mind; I was on my way to attend a conference dedicated to sharing how humans are impacting the environment and what can be done to reduce that impact. And to support that mission, I was traveling over 4,000 miles and …

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Europe’s Moonshot: An Argument for Environmental Optimism

The European Union, a political and economic union consisting of 27 European nations, announced, during the second week of the 25th Conference of Parties, an ambitious “Green Deal for Europe” which will attempt to drive the continent to carbon neutrality by 2050– and be the first continent to do so. The Deal is remarkable in that …

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