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Summer at Woodstock – Climate Change in the Himalayas

Explore the impact of climate change on the ecology of the Himalayas

This exciting course explores the impact of climate change on the fragile, yet critical ecosystem of the Himalayas. As a generation of young people rise to push world leaders to take action, this course represents an opportunity to understand what is happening across the planet by examining one region in depth. Come find out more about complexity, systems thinking, and how to find hope in a rapidly changing world.


Who should take this course?

This course is ideal for anyone interested in the pressing environmental challenges facing our world today. It’s an excellent experience for any students hoping to pursue studies in a range of subject including ecology, geography and environmental science.



Highlights include: plenty of time outside in the foothills of the Himalayas to experience a majestic, at-risk environment; time with experts and local farmers to hear stories of change, challenge, adaptation, and resilience.


Week one

Understanding the context

Intro to systems thinking

Witness to change: conversations with local farmers

The problem of water

When the glaciers melt


Week two

Wrestling with Complexity

Geopolitical implications of climate change

Where can we find hope?

The way forward

Setting intentions

13-24 July 2020

Age Range: 14-18

30 hours of instruction


Dr Rajan Kumar Kotru

With a work experience of over 30 years in over 20 countries across South Asia, Europe, India and the USA, and a PhD from Ludwig Maximilians University of Germany on Forestry Sciences, Dr Rajan Kotru is innovative international sustainable development expert. He has contributed to impact-oriented projects, national and international policy Think-Tanks, cohesive multicultural teams, and Governments championing climate smart, eco-friendly solutions in rural development and transnational contexts, dedicated to sustenance of ecosystem services enabling poor and disadvantaged communities. Dr Kotru is winner of several international awards and creation of several innovative landscape management concepts and their mainstreaming.