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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