Climate Change

Climate change affects all of us and all the systems on planet Earth - from natural disasters to disrupted growing seasons, our changing climate is having widespread effects. Here are some ideas for how to deal with climate change, how to adapt and how to try and cut down on the change while we still can.

Four people stand in front of blue walls with the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 logo.

From right to left: Moderator Shardul Tiwari and YEAH Fellows Alexis Pascaris, Jacob Genuise and Amanda Pastore. (Dr. Gillian Bowser/Colorado State University)

University of Connecticut
Despite the power of big oil money, corrupt politicians, and current climate trends, there is something that gives me a surge of optimism and energy: younger generations.
Two individuals perched contemplatively on a rocky pier.

Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, Connecticut (2021) (Zoey England/University of Connecticut).

University of Connecticut
Although ecoanxiety impacts all ages, its influences are disproportionately felt among young people. These feelings, compounded in many by COP26’s resolution, make prioritizing mental well-being as a climate activist paramount.

The author, Francesca Edralin, stands before the COP26 sign in Glasgow. (Image courtesy Francesca Edralin)

George Washington University
Despite all advocating for the same issue of climate change, the energies and objectives of each space at COP26 were actually quite different. But what we need is to work together.
University of Connecticut COP26 delegates stand with Sudanese-American poet and activist, Emtithal "Emi" Mahmoud, before a blue background

University of Connecticut COP26 delegates stand with Sudanese-American poet and activist, Emtithal "Emi" Mahmoud, center. (University of Connecticut)

University of Connecticut
The UN COP conferences would be different if we listened more intently to those being directly impacted by the climate crisis.

Oljato-Monument Valley (Nik Shuliahan/Unsplash https://unsplash.com/license)

Northwestern University
Tribal leaders and experts urged members of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Thursday to increase funding for tribal climate initiatives and to give Native American leaders a place in shaping climate policy.
A amber sand dune towers over the tiny figures of a group of people.

A towering sand dun in Wadi Rum(Farzona Comnas/George Washington University).

George Washington University
Climate Hits Home | Jordan's deserts and rocky landscapes have been beloved by Hollywood and cinephiles for decades, yet the country has seen deadly flash floods. How are local environmentalists to respond?
A colorful sky warms up the landscape view of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China

A view of the Forbidden City from Jingshan Park in Beijing. (Daniel Mathis/Creative Commons 3.0)

George Washington University
Today is the final day of COP26. How should we reflect on the conference? What discussions remain to be tackled?
A single beach goers sits in a beach chair in the sand in front of a row of palm trees.

Folly Beach in Charleston, South Carolina (Taylor Heery/Unsplash)

George Washington University
Climate Hits Home | In many ways, the cultural landscape of South Carolina mirrors the physical landscape. How is climate change impacting that?
Muddy brown waters fill what is presumably streets and lower levels of a parking garage, which stands behind a bank of trees. Two mid-height office buildings are in the background

Flooding took over the northeast after Tropical Storm Ida in early September 2021. These floodwaters are in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia's neighbor to the northwest. (Michael M Stokes/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0)

George Washington University
Climate Hits Home | Philadelphia's sewage system and water infrastructure are being stressed by climate change and it's leading to a rather gross — and dangerous — situation.
A tall forest of trees are silhouetted and surrounded by mist, while blue sky peeks through the tops of the trees

(Mike Petrucci/Unsplash)

George Washington University
Today we look at a topic that spans almost every day of the conference: Indigenous peoples’ knowledge, experiences, and solutions to climate change.

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