A semester cut short: The main takeaways from my time in Copenhagen

Last week, I said a premature goodbye to Denmark and I’m now completing my classes online from my couch, along with the rest of the world. This entry was supposed to be a photo journal about alternative transportation in Copenhagen and I was planning on doing a loop throughout the whole city by taking every form of public transit for a short section. But because I’m no longer there, I am going to summarize and reflect upon my main takeaways …

Local conservation amid a global problem

Greetings from Denver, Colorado! I unfortunately had to return home from my study abroad experience earlier than expected. However, I still have many insights regarding Ecuadorian environmental attitudes that I am eager to share.  Throughout my time in San Cristóbal, Galápagos, I was struck by the abundance of signs, murals, and benches that implored me to help conserve the island. I believe these visual reminders reflect how aware Galapagueños are of conservation efforts. They recognize that they live in a …

Biking is Freedom – Local Perspectives on Alternative Transportation in Copenhagen

Goddag!    To delve into my topic of alternative transportation a little further this week, I conducted a few interviews: one local expert and two friends who are also study-abroad students in Copenhagen to get a range of perspectives.  I’m taking a class called Integrated Climate Change Planning, which focuses on the potential for cities to mitigate carbon emissions, as well as some of the challenges facing the integration of climate change concerns into urban planning efforts. My professor, Silvia, …

Development, tourism, and conservation: A conversation with my host father

  This week, I sat down with my host father in the Galápagos, Luis, to get his perspective on the issues facing the islands. Luis was born in San Cristóbal about fifty years ago and has lived here his entire life. Based on what I have observed and learned so far, I was most interested in exploring his attitudes toward development, tourism, and conservation, as these are the most fraught issues among the local population.  This interview has been translated …

Getting Around: Alternative Transportation in Copenhagen

As I’ve gotten more settled in over the past few weeks, I’ve learned a lot about various alternative transportation systems in Copenhagen. The city is divided into zones, with zones 1, 2, and 3 encompassing the main parts of Copenhagen and higher numbers representing regions further from the center. The zones are the basis for most of the public transportation (i.e. ticket pricing) within Copenhagen.    Biking As I mentioned last time, biking in Copenhagen is huge and many people …

What I got wrong about Ecuadorian environmental attitudes

  I came to Ecuador eager to explore the country’s relationship to extraction and conservation. So far, what I have found is far from what I expected. Over the past seven weeks, I have come to appreciate the nuances of Ecuadorian environmental attitudes in two very distinct locations: Quito and San Cristóbal, Galápagos. I suppose it was hubris that led me to believe that I could understand the Ecuadorian relationship to the environment from afar. I assumed that people in …

Welcome to Copenhagen!

  Hej fra københavn! My name is Rebecca and I’m a junior, environmental studies major at Amherst. I have always been passionate about protecting the environment and I try to incorporate my awareness for green living habits into everything that I do. Since starting at Amherst, I have been very involved in the work of the Office of Environmental Sustainability and the EcoRep program, with the overall goals of spreading environmental awareness and improving sustainability on our campus. I’m really …

Exploring environmental attitudes across Ecuador

¡Saludos de Ecuador! I   spent the past five weeks living in Quito, and I just arrived in the Galápagos a few days ago. I have the unique opportunity to study for eight weeks in each location, which will provide me with different perspectives on the same environmental issues. I chose to study abroad in Ecuador in part because of its unparalleled biodiversity. Within a relatively small country exists nearly every ecosystem you can imagine. In my short time here, …

Recap of A Sustainable Semester in Paris

  My semester studying in Paris has been an incredible learning opportunity within the context of my Global Sustainability Fellowship position. I began the semester researching sustainable plastic waste initiatives in Biarritz. Biarritz, a small city in the south of France, is where the G7 was most recently held in August 2019. Sustainability was on the G7 agenda; global leaders discussed inclusive ecological transitions, biodiversity erosion, tangible solutions for biodiversity erosion, and financing the preservation of biodiversity. In addition, the …

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