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 …

Sustainability in Parisian Households Interviews

  Rather than a more traditional long-form interview, I chose to conduct brief interviews with a variety of French inhabitants. Specifically, I spoke with twelve people ranging from full-time Parisian inhabitants to American students experiencing cultural immersion by living in French homestays. I thought it would be interesting to hear from a variety of perspectives in order to encapsulate the melting pot culture that comprises most major cities, Paris included. Below you can find excerpts from their thoughts on sustainability …

Climate Conversations: An interview with my host sister

  Salut tout le monde ! It feels like forever since I last sat down and wrote a blog post for you, because this semester in Paris is really flying by – however, as what feels like a decidedly long summer has snapped into a frosty fall, we can’t forget about the climate crisis just because we’re starting to wrap up warm! As we head into the winter months, it’s easy to lose focus and energy because of the dark …

Shopping without money, fashion without waste – exploring alternatives to consumer fashion in Paris

Salut tout le monde! Welcome to Paris, where as I write, Fashion Week is dominating headlines with its twice-yearly, seven-day celebration of brand-new clothes as designers display their new collections for the next two seasons. It’s no exaggeration to say that this week in Paris sets the tone for the whole world for the next six months in fashion! Further, Paris Fashion Week is the symbol, par excellence, of an industry which hinges on the constant novelty of high-end trends, …

Plastic Waste in Paris

  Hello again everyone! As the semester has gone on, I moved from my orientation in Biarritz to Paris where I will spend the academic semester. While there are many differences between the small city of Biarritz and the capital city of Paris, one commonality I am struck by is the environmental conscientiousness and culture of resource conservation. As I am living in a homestay, it is interesting to view how this is practiced within the scope of an individual …

Привет, et salut tout le monde!

My name’s Alice and I’m a French and Russian major in the class of 2021. I’m an international student at Amherst, and I come from the lovely North-East of England where you can always find a welcome lot warmer than our very changeable weather! In fact, as the stereotype goes, we hardy northerners love to dress up, and are so dedicated to our snappy looks that we’re rarely, if ever, caught wearing a jacket, even on the chilliest of Newcastle …

Bienvenue à Biarritz

Bonjour! My name is Margaret and I am a member of the Bicentennial class majoring in French & Psychology. Environmental issues have always been important to me. I was raised in a New Hampshire community filled with Priuses and families bringing reusable shopping bags to the local Co-Op. Composting was the norm in my high school, and the Outing Club organized hikes in the White and Green Mountains most weekends. Living in a community that prioritizes environmental consciousness and education …