After traveling through Vietnam’s Mekong Delta in January, examining climate change through the lens of another country, four Cornell students toured the halls of Congress in late March to tell legislators all about it.
“Society is facing huge problems with a changing climate, and it’s important to remind representatives that their actions not only affect Americans and the world today, but these actions can have long-lasting implications for future generations,” said Kerry Mullins ’18, one of the students on the trip.
Ten Cornell students – led by Thúy Tranviet, senior lecturer in Asian studies, and Michael Hoffmann, executive director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions – toured Vietnam Jan. 3-18, as part of an interdisciplinary course, Climate Change Awareness and Service Learning in the Mekong Delta. On March 27-28, four students met in Washington, D.C., with a congressman, as well as legislative aides for representatives and senators, to offer their climate change observations. The Washington trip was developed by Hoffmann and funded by Engaged Cornell.