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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


Woodstock School is fortunate to occupy a 300-acre forested campus in the first range of the Himalayas. The Ganges and Yamuna rivers wind their way across
the valley below, visible from campus. The city of Dehradun, at the foot of the mountain, hosts the Forest Research Institute, as well as the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. Not only that, but for those interested in the climatological implications of hydropower, India’s enormous Tehri Dam is just a few hours’ drive away. It would be difficult to find a more suitable location for examining the frontiers of climate change.