Upcoming Accredited Field- Studies
Empowering the next generation.
None of us can take on climate change adaptation and sustainable natural resource management alone.
If we are going to succeed, we need a global, ever-growing, and experienced team.
We're helping to build that team.
Our field-studies bring students to the front lines to not only experience and understand these issues first-hand, but to learn from real-world solutions in action.
Learn how to make a positive impact and help solve global issues from the people who are doing it.
Cuba: Taking on Climate Change
Next departure: May 13-20, 2017
Why is this important?
Every day we are extracting fossil fuels from the earth and pumping tons of that carbon dioxide into the sky. Intensive-factory farming pours methane and nitrous oxide into the environment. Green house gases (GHGs) from these sources and others absorb heat and trap it in the atmosphere, like a blanket. Heat is energy. Added energy in the atmosphere is changing out climate system and driving more intense storms, extremes in rain and drought, warmer ocean temperatures that bleach corals and damage fisheries, and changes in flowering times for key crops. And these are only some of the most obvious changes.
Even if we managed to stop all GHG emissions tomorrow, the human-driven buildup of GHGs in the atmosphere since the start of the industrial revolution means that we'll be feeling these effects for years to come. It is urgent to tackle GHG emissions, and in the meantime we also need to adapt to climate-related impacts.
What will you learn?
Ecothropic brings students to the front lines to learn real-world solutions for thriving in the face of climate change. During our university-accredited field studies, students will meet with lead scientists, land managers, community members, and often indigenous groups to learn what these people are experiencing and what they are doing about it.
Understand what is happening. Connect with people around the world. Learn concrete actions for creating a better present and future.
Baracoa, in Cuba's "Wild East", is the perfect living laboratory for understanding climate change impacts and solutions. The area was ravaged by Hurricane Matthew in the fall of 2016, offering the unique opportunity for students to learn first-hand what worked and what didn't for keeping communities, agriculture, and local ecology strong in the face of this climate-related natural disaster.
What can you expect?
The programs are rigorous, so you learn a lot, but at every opportunity, you learn by doing. Interview local experts about how local food-systems and markets are impacted by climate change. Discover how sustainable- and community-driven agriculture saved Cuba from starvation following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Visit coffee, cacao, and coconut plantations. Make chocolate and cocao butter. Roast traditional Cuban coffee. Cook a traditional Baracoan feast using local coconut and other ingredients. Hike through verdant green mountains and swim in waterfalls to learn about watersheds. Enjoy optional evening outings to performances and Cuban music/dance workshops.
Adapting to Climate Change
WATERSHEDS, FOOD SOVEREIGNTY, AND AGROECOLOGY
Next departure: To be announced
Students will learn first hand about impacts of climate change in agriculture and the need for climate justice through the lens of this tropical region. Via partnerships with the local community and agricultural producers, students will observe and critically engage with real world solutions to environmental challenges.
Next departure: Spring Semester, 2017
Some people say that traveling in Cuba is like traveling back in time. Others marvel at how Cuban music has made the entire world dance. Still others are fascinated by what communism has meant for the Cuban people or what we can learn from Cuba’s sustainable agriculture and forward thinking conservation practices.
Don’t take their word for it. Solve your curiosity and look for answers to your own questions on Carpe Diem Educations Cuba semester. Over the course of three months you will explore this previously off-limits Caribbean country and immerse yourself in the rich music, art, and innovation that make it country so special. Be an ambassador after so many years of separation between U.S. and Cuban students and make up your own mind about this complex and dynamic country that is on the verge of transformation.