Our Ecologies of Care

Walking down the aisles of my local supermarket, mask securely fashioned, and hands gloved, I scanned the shelves with concern. I was not looking for what was there, I had already finished the lists from my family and for my grandpa. Instead, I was looking for what was missing. All that the shelves lacked, and continue to lack, hold the truth of our food system. Each and every one of us can see, today, the truth of what the American …

Guide to A Sustainable Study Abroad Experience

By Margaret Werner and Rebecca Novick We’ve all heard the arguments supporting the choice to study abroad: cultural immersion, personal growth, meeting new people, learning a language, travel, becoming more independent,  challenging yourself, the list goes on. But what happens when you actually arrive in your host community? What is it like living abroad? How can you do so while simultaneously being conscious of your environmental impact? Climate change is both a local and a global issue that impacts different …

Guiding Future Students in Sustainability Abroad

Hi everyone,  Thanks for tuning in for my last blog post! Although I’ve been at home for the past month instead of in Copenhagen, I have been continuing with my abroad courses online, including Danish (which has definitely been much less useful outside of Denmark). It has been an adjustment being back at home and living through this unprecedented pandemic. I wanted to write this last post as an update about how I’m using what I’ve learned abroad to help …

Historical and Experiential Analysis of the Sustainability of Danish Food System

         As I began my blog, I stated that food is both an ecological and personal act; where environmental and cultural traditions are woven together. The fact remains true for me. As the semester draws to a close, I wanted to pursue a more research-based investigation of the history of food in Denmark to share with you. Hopefully, this allows us to more deeply understand the society as a whole, particularly in light of its New Nordic …

Disaster or Design- That is the Sustainable Question

A random email slid across my screen, now a month ago, an email from the Global Footprint Calculator, an email whose message has clung to me, redefined for me the aspect of this pandemic crisis that is not often discussed. It read: “Sustainability will be attained whether by disaster or design.” Today no one celebrates the clearing of polluted skies in China. No one celebrates the sparkling blue waters of Venice. Doing so would miss the point, would shirk the …

Transitioning to a Remote Semester Abroad

Hello everyone! I’m back with another final blog post about my experiences this semester and how they’ve related to my research for the GEO. I hope you are all safe, well, and coping. Thanks for clicking, and happy reading!- AJ x My junior year abroad has been among the best of my life, but it hasn’t always been an easy one. With the strikes cutting my first semester short from November, and the Coronavirus forcing my spring semester to an …

Chao, Ecuador! Some closing thoughts on my time abroad

  It’s hard to believe that my study abroad journey is coming to an end. If I had been able to remain in Ecuador for the duration of my semester, I would have just left the Galapagos for my final three weeks in Quito. Even with my new reality of Zoom classes, the time has flown. In this short time, I feel that I have learned so much about Ecuadorian environmental attitudes. Coming from the U.S., it was both refreshing …

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, …

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