This weekly blog is the product of Barnard College students enrolled in Environmental Leadership, Ethics and Action, an interdisciplinary seminar created by Diane Dittrick that requires students to think critically, creatively and independently on complex environmental problems. The course is part of Barnard’s Science Public Policy Program and the Athena Center for Leadership Studies.

Students spend the semester researching and writing about specific environmental topics, from sustainable cities to fracking to food security in a climate changing world. Their work culminates in an end-of-semester panel discussion at Barnard College.

Check back every week to read the latest news from the students.

El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina (Credit: Katherine Bagley)