YCP students embark on Costa Rica journey

Each year, I take a York College student group to Costa Rica on an ecological field study focused on climate change and sustainability. This tiny Central American nation serves as an ideal natural laboratory for investigating a number of climate change issues: the first documented species-level extinction linked to climate change was reported here; Costa Rica’s citizens, scientists, and policy makers are keenly aware of the impacts associated with climate change and the need to address issues of sustainability; its national school curriculum requires environmental learning, and its national development strategy promotes education, conservation, and ecotourism; more than 28% of Costa Rica’s land is held in private or public protected reserves. Moreover, it has a stated goal to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021. And, the chief United Nations climate negotiator, Christiana Figueres, hails from Costa Rica.
We are preparing to board our bus for Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC. We will begin our journey with a 4 am flight on TACA Airlines tomorrow morning. The fourteen students will be posting daily blogs about our activities. We invite you to join us on this journey. Please feel free to share your comments.

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5 Responses to YCP students embark on Costa Rica journey

  1. Jim Menendez says:

    Have a great trip. I look forward to following the trip on your blog.

  2. Maureen & Daniel Lovullo says:

    Have a wonderful trip. This is a new experience for us following your trip on your blog.

  3. Jim Menendez says:

    How is the trip? It seems you blogged a lot more last year :) I printed off the picture of you waiting in the airport thinking I saw Alex and then realized today the photo was from 2010. We hope you’re having a great time.

  4. Al and Linda says:

    WOW! What a trip. Seeing nature up close and personal. Along with learning about an awesome ecological system with your professor and classmates. And having a blast. Truly a lifetime memory. You are blessed. Enjoy your last day. God speed on your trip home.

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