Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Alaska
Cultural preservation, economic growth, and environmental choices
2015 Program Dates:
Sunday, July 26 - Saturday, August 8, 2015
Minimum age of 15 at the time of the program.
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Alaska is a place where multiple stakeholders — corporate, governmental, native and non-native — struggle to balance consumption of natural resources with long-term sustainability. This summer, Brown University, in affiliation with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council and Kenai Peninsula College, travels to south-central Alaska to introduce students from around the world to the beauty and complexities of historic and present-day Alaska. Learning will be fast-paced, experiential, and include widely diverse perspectives.
Over the course of 2-weeks, we will explore issues Alaska Natives face when trying to balance cultural and environmental preservation with economic growth. Our lifestyle choices, world-wide, have a direct impact on the trade-offs between conservation and consumption that play out on the Alaskan stage. This program will specifically focus on current environmental issues in Alaska with application and relevance around the globe.
Focus of study:
- Alaska Native history and cultural preservation
- Sustainable harvest of salmon
- Subsistence fishing rights
- Climate change's impacts on culture and the environment
- Oil exploration, extraction and transport
- Marine ecosystems
- Socially-responsible leadership
Students will enroll in BELL: Alaska (CRN: 10682)
- Speak with local elders and Alaska Native community leaders
- Meet oil industry representatives
- Observe wildlife such as puffins, bears, eagles, belugas, otters
- Visit Prince William Sound by boat
- Tour archaeological sites with a local anthropologist
- Learn, first-hand, various fishing techniques
- Explore remote beaches and tide pools
- Apply your learning by designing an Action Plan to tackle environmental issues at home