I near the end of my PhD program at Purdue University and am happy to invite you to join my virtual dissertation defense. This is a culmination of my research in Colombia on climate change adaptation for the past three years. I welcome you to join!
Covid-19 is an extremely urgent crisis. Climate change is an extremely important one. What is the difference? And how do we approach and learn from them?
El cambio climático es una amenaza real para la cadena de suministro de café colombiano. Hay más de 300,000 caficultores en Colombia cuyos medios de vida se ven amenazados por un clima cada vez más caótico, y adicional a eso, el sector cafetero en Colombia proporciona empleo a más de 2 millones de personas. Llevamos a cabo una investigación con una comunidad en particular, los caficultores de Colombia, para comprender cómo conceptualizan el cambio climático y cómo comunican sus experiencias con él desde su perspectiva y en sus propias palabras.
Climate change is a real threat to the Colombian coffee supply chain. There are more than 300,000 coffee farmers in Colombia whose livelihoods are being threatened by an increasingly chaotic climate, and the coffee sector in Colombia provides jobs for over 2 million people. We conducted research with coffee farmers in Colombia to understand how they conceptualize climate change and how they communicate their experiences with it from their perspective and in their own words.
The Conversation: Colombia's coffee industry is at risk due to unpredictable seasons, floods, landslides, droughts and pests. Farmers say they want to learn to adapt to these environmental changes but don't know how.
On the plane down to Colombia yesterday, I reviewed notes from my first research trip several months ago. I was surprised to find that every day I diligently wrote a reflection. Here is a redacted version of those notes, spanning eight days of research.