Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
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Looks like you’re taking some pretty serious classes. I’d round that list out with some history of architecture, drawing, advanced writing, and maybe a class focused on one of the great philosophers, like Plato (these will serve you through life, I assure you!).
Thanks to a former NBA star, a coalition of Chinese business leaders, celebrities and students, and some unlikely investigative journalism, eating shark fin soup is no longer fashionable here. But what really tipped the balance was a government campaign against extravagance that has seen the soup banned from official banquets.
“People said it was impossible to change China, but the evidence we are now getting says consumption of shark fin soup in China is down by 50 to 70 percent in the last two years,” said Peter Knights, executive director of WildAid, a San Francisco-based group that has promoted awareness about the shark trade. The drop is also reflected in government and industry statistics.
“It is a myth that people in Asia don’t care about wildlife,” Knights said. “Consumption is based on ignorance rather than malice. ”
The dramatic expansion in China’s middle and upper classes has transformed the country into a major driver of global wildlife trafficking. The Obama administration is so concerned about Chinese demand for endangered wildlife that it made the subject an important part of its bilateral dialogue this year.
More than 70 million sharks were killed last year, largely to satisfy rapacious demand from China’s newly rich for shark fin soup.
Lavish spending by China’s wealthy has also sent demand for ivory skyrocketing, fueling a massive expansion in elephant poaching in Africa.
The consequences of the traffic go beyond a crisis for wildlife. The illegal ivory trade has financed global crime networks and local insurgents, including Somalia’s al-Shabab — responsible for last month’s attack on a Nairobi shopping mall.
“Conservation is more about China now than it is about Africa,” said Knights. “China can be the savior of wildlife or it can be the demise of it.”
Scout leader to face charges after toppling ancient, 170 million year-old geologic formation in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah.
Documenting a Pakistani Girl’s Transformation
The story of how Malala Yousafzai went from being a quiet 11-year-old to a spokeswoman for girls’ education to a victim of the Taliban to a Nobel Prize candidate.
Introducing Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene
Elementa’s Editors-in-Chief share their thoughts on the topic of the Anthropocene, the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to climate change, working with a mission-driven nonprofit publisher, and open access publishing.
Elementa is a new open source scientific journal. It covers climate change issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.
They’re now accepting submissions! Scientists, researchers, profs, students, check it out!
This is an excellent program. I did some adaptation work with CEU last summer and Budapest (and surrounding wine country) is beautiful.
The year of ”Comparisons”
The CEU Institute for Advanced Study (CEU IAS) is pleased to invite applications for its Senior and Junior Core and Humanities Initiative fellowships for the academic year 2014/15.
In the 2014/15 academic year the guiding theme of the Institute will be “Comparisons”. We do not require that fellows do comparative research, this is not part of the selection criteria. The theme is designed as a catalyst for intellectual conversations on doing empirical research and producing social theory. We expect to organize a handful of events around the theme of “Comparisons” in the hope that it will engender productive conversations and support fellows’ ongoing research work even if it is not explicitly comparative in nature.
CEU IAS Fellowships are highly competitive and will be awarded on the basis of scholarly excellence.
Application deadline for all three fellowships: October 20, 2013
How to apply?
1. Read the detailed requirements by clicking on the fellowship of interest below.
You will be required to submit the following material:
You’re fine. In fact, you may be more interesting than most applicants. Embrace your undergrad and shape yourself as a visionary. I’m sure there are heroes and heroines in your field, so mimic their paths.
Most importantly, have a face-to-face chat with either the grad school’s dean. Tell them you’re goals, your fears, and what you’d want to accomplish. Also identify a professor you’d want to work with at that grad school and have several chats with them. These people are (usually) on the application review boards.
I assure you, ‘requirements’ are myths.
You’ll do great!
Well, EE is a sweet degree - very focused and lots of job opportunities. As far as “combating climate change” goes, I don’t want to fool you or provide a false sense of hope. I think the best thing for you to do is realize and accept that emissions are not going down. Every source that monitors emissions agrees, for example see here and here.
You may (or may not!) want to watch this talk by Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Center for Climate Research.
Maybe introspect and evaluate why it is you believe you can ‘combat’ climate change. I don’t have the answers you’re looking for - after all, I’m not even into emissions or energy, nor do I ‘combat’ climate change in any of my work. I’m an adaptation specialist. I tell governments where to build stuff, which is out of harms way.
Hi John Zhao*,
Thanks for your email. I usually don’t make a straight recommendation, but I will for you - get a bachelors in Environmental Design.
ED hits all the sweet spots you mentioned, and lays the ground work for some pretty sweet masters degrees.
You’ll learn about architecture, history, watersheds, pollution, politics, animals, ecology, anthropology, culture, viruses, art, and even law. You’ll learn how to write mo beddah, take great photographs, draw buildings, landscapes, plants, and even design transportation systems.
You contacted me, so that’s one incredibly important skill you’ll need as an environmentalist - networking - that you’ll also develop.
Many high-school and undergrads ask me questions like this. Have a look at my Reader Mail tag. And here are some possibly useful responses, which dive a bit deeper than what I’ve written above:
So, get a BS in Environmental Design. You’ll be a mini-expert in the environment, and set up to focus in your masters. I don’t think you can beat this route…
I’m curious what you decide so let’s keep in touch…
*Note: John contacted me through my about.me page. I’m cross posting here since I get so many inquiries for advice. I hope it helps someone…
Yale’s list has 150 environmental job websites over several categories:
1. General Job Sites
2. General Environmental Job Sites
3. Climate Change & Energy Job Sites
4. Conservation/Ecology/Natural Resources/Wildlife Job Sites
5. CSR/SRI/Sustainable Development/Business Job Sites
6. Economics/Policy Job Sites
7. Environmental Consulting Job Sites
8. Forestry Job Sites
9. GIS Job Sites
10. International Job Sites
11. Planning Job Sites
12. Water Job Sites
13. U.S. Government Job Sites
14. Agricultural Economics, Agriculture and Food
Global Shark Tracker, tracks tagged sharks around the world. I played with the map and found “Albert,” a 2.9 meter, 500 lbs Great White Shark that lives off the coast of South Africa.
A surprise headline. The piece is in praise of Al Jazeera America’s coverage of climate change. Why? The new channel didn’t take the low road.
Bottom line: this was a great start. But just as encouraging as what Al Jazeera America discussed last night — climate change — is the list of things it didn’t do:
1. Provide False Balance.
Perhaps most significantly, Inside Story explored public opinion on climate science, and even presented differing views on climate policy, without once offering marginal contrarian viewpoints as a “counterbalance.” Ehab Al Shihabi, Al Jazeera America’s acting chief executive, has cited PBS as a model, and it showed. Other cable news channels have sometimes run afoul of this standard.
2. Focus On Politics.
Al Jazeera America focused on the impacts of climate change, with a complementary discussion of some possible ways of mitigating them through political action. Notably, no politicians were interviewed, as few politicians are credible sources of information on, say, sea level rise. Instead, the guests — Michael Mann, Heidi Cullen and Klaus Jacob — were all scientists familiar with the topic at hand. Television news outlets don’t always do this well: in 2012, 89 percent and 12 percent of Sunday and nightly news coverage of climate change, respectively, was driven by politics.
3. Show Weird Charts.
Discussing public opinion on climate change, Inside Story displayed two graphs showing recent polling. Both had proper vertical axes (starting at zero), showed accurate statistics and cited their sources. Previously, peer network Fox News has had some trouble with charts, maps and the like. They might want to compare notes.
4. Obscure The Cause.
Some attempts at climate coverage muddy the waters, but Al Jazeera America left no doubt that the phenomenon it was referring to is man-made. The segment treated the science as a “given,” and host Libby Casey made a point of mentioning the fact that a significant majority of scientists agree about it, as is continually re-affirmed by high-level research.
Via Media Matters