Sustaining Education Abroad
There’s no question that sustainability has been and continues to be an essential topic that resonates across our campuses and with our students and communities. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are a useful framework for highlighting and drawing awareness to critical global issues. However, learning abroad, and the heavy carbon-emitting activity that is embedded within global travel seems at odds with broader climate change mitigation. As international educators, how can we seriously approach this topic while not simultaneously lessening the impact that our work and its outcomes (students learning in situ in global locations) is intended to do?
- Brian Brubaker, Penn State University
- Kate Whitfield, Zeroverse
- Will Barnard, CIEE