The Consumer Choice of Guilt

At times, environmentalists scrutinize themselves to the point of burdensome guilt.  We were standing in the middle of EcoEgo, a store in Copenhagen, huddled between hemp long sleeves and Maggie’s organic socks. The Green LLC packed into this eco-preneur’s shop in an attempt to identify an environmental place within consumer culture. We listened to the owner passionately describe the high caliber of socially and environmentally sustainable products. Not only was the entire store furnished and built from reused, recycled materials, …

First Impressions of Seville

Last semester, when I told people that I would be spending the spring in Sevilla, everyone, from make-up artists at Sephora to old family friends, responded exclusively in superlatives. Before I set foot in Spain, I was prepared to find myself in a city with the best festivals, flamenco, architecture, and Spanish tortilla. A city full of uniquely open and expressive people possessing a singular desire to spend time in one another’s company. After five semesters of half-heartedly attending Jenkins …

First Experiences with Food Sustainability in Copenhagen

Ankle sinking, slowly submerging into the mud of the farm, I reconsidered my choice of sneakers. This shoe selection was the obvious choice only an hour ago when I was teetering on my bike behind the group, as we cycled across the countryside of Denmark. As an inexperienced bicyclist, meaning I had learned the day before, I barely glanced at the rolling grassy hills as I struggled to stay upright under the weight of my backpack. Riding in the back …

Amalia in Tel Aviv

Hello! My name is Amalia Roy and I’m a Third Year studying abroad at Tel Aviv University this Spring. I’m excited to explore Israel’s art, culture, religion, and political landscape for the next four months. As I was raised Catholic, I especially want to explore the ways in which not being Jewish does and does not influence my experiences this semester.

Naomi in Seville

Hi! My name is Naomi. I am a member of the class of 2021, majoring in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought with a Five College Certificate in International Relations. This spring, I am studying abroad in Seville, Spain through the Liberal Arts Program at CIEE Seville. While in Seville, I hope to explore the impact of culture and tradition on social life in Andalusia. I intend to study and enjoy the iconic influences of tapas, plazas, festivals, and flamenco, with …

Kiera in Copenhagen

  Hi everyone! My name is Kiera and I am from Long Island, New York. I am an Environmental Studies and English double major, Class of 2021. This semester I will be travelling to Copenhagen, Denmark for the program of Food Sustainability: from Production to Consumption with DIS. I also will be living in the Green Living and Learning Community. I hope to forge a deep understanding of sustainable living in a place that has set a precedent for coexistence …

Sustainability Fellow: Rebecca in Copenhagen

Hi everyone! I’m Rebecca, an Environmental Studies major from Westchester County, NY. This semester, I am studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, learning about Danish culture, urban planning, and Arctic geology. I am very excited to be able to experience a new culture and continue my environmental education beyond Amherst. As a Global Sustainability Fellow, I am going to be taking a closer look at the role of public transportation in Copenhagen, specifically how transportation infrastructure has been integrated into the city and the …

Sustainability Fellow: Margot in Quito, Ecuador

¡Hola! My name is Margot, and I am an Environmental Studies major in the class of 2021. I will be studying abroad in Quito and San Cristobal (Galapagos) this spring. I am from Denver, Colorado, and I cannot wait to immerse myself in a new culture where my studies will come to life. As a Global Sustainability Fellow, I plan to explore how Ecuadoreans understand their relationship to natural resources. I am interested in comparing attitudes toward the environment and …

Reflections on Sustainable Fashion from Paris

Salut tout le monde, and welcome to my final blog post ! I’m sorry it’s late, this semester has decided to wrap itself up in a most chaotic fashion, with strikes across Paris impacting transport for the past two weeks, and a UK general election which really didn’t go as many of us had hoped… and all of this in the run-up to Christmas! I don’t know about you, but when I think about Christmas and the winter holidays, clothes …

Final Reflections: Educational Equity at Amherst and Abroad

  Examining educational equality is a difficult endeavor within the United States alone. There is an immense diversity of institutions from liberal arts colleges to vocational schools and more. The lack of uniformity in American higher education is shared in that of England and, as such, it became necessary to examine educational equality at QMUL from the vantage of outward mobility. At the outset of writing for this blog, I didn’t have an exact focus in my goal to highlight …

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