In the first semester at CEU, Environmental Sciences and Policy students have the option to take a course called Environmental Justice, Politics and Humanities taught by Dr. Guntra Aistara and Dr. Tamara Steger. Students have the opportunity to assimilate their learning of course material through analyzing real-life examples of environmental issues.
Gina D'Alesandro (USA '17) conducted her thesis research in Namibia. The aim of her research was to understand and draw out the livelihood options and limitations on the ground for the two tribes of the Kavango East region around Bwabwata National Park, one a farming Bantu tribe, the Hambukushu, and the other an indigenous bushman tribe called the Khwe, a people who only a generation ago subsided entirely off of the bush foods and animals of the area.
Dany Avalos '17 (Ecuador) received a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Sustainable Tourism and wrote a Bachelor's thesis on the Impacts of Tourism in Indigenous Communities located on the south-east bank of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador at the Kapawi Reserve and Ecolodge.
The MESPOM program offers different modes of support to students who have ideas for initiatives and projects related to their special interests. Savannah Carr-Wilson (Canada, ’15-’17) and Sandeep (India, ’15-’17) are classmates currently in their second year who are working together on a book project based on their mutual interest in global energy transitions away from fossil fuels. The book is tentatively titled “The Fossil Fuel Curse” and features untold stories of the uncertain future of people in India and Canada who are impacted by fossil fuel extraction.