Global Environmental Politics

Master's Degree Programs in Global Environmental Policy and in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

GEP Faculty Participate in TEDx Talks at American University

Improv Cities: Urban Peripheries and the Future
Filmed by Ford Fischer and Justin Parker
Edited by Ford Fischer

As the world becomes more urban, it is also defying taken-for-granted spatial categories and assumptions. Much of the world’s population growth is expected at the outskirts of cities at the “urban peripheries”. Used as shorthand for depicting the crisis that has come to define the Third World city, the discourse of the “slum” has limited use in understanding this broader phenomenon of informal fringe urbanization. This talk asks us to recognize that cities are made through ordinary people’s improvisations and that the notion of the “right to the city” has political and practical value in this process.

Climate Geoengineering: Coming Soon to a Planet Near You
Filmed by Ford Fischer and Justin Parker
Edited by Ford Fischer

Space-based mirrors. Injecting sulfate particles into the stratosphere. Seeding the oceans with iron. These and a wide range of other climate geoengineering schemes are gaining greater credibility and visibility as options for tackling climate change. What, though, is to be made of such efforts? Is climate geoengineering a new form of hucksterism? A dangerous and distracting folly? Or some meaningful part of the toolkit needed to generate a sustainable future?

Author: sisgep

The Global Environmental Politics program in the School of International Service at American University offers a unique, specialized, and world-leading graduate environmental studies education. We have two degree tracks: Global Environmental Policy (GEP), and our dual-degree Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRSD) option with the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Join us!

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