CHC to the UN 2015

Chestnut Hill College at the United Nations:

The Growing Climate Change Crisis for Pacific Island Nations

Each Year, GEM brings hundreds of students to the United Nations for a full day experience. Chestnut Hill College has made this trip part the university experience for all undergraduate students.

When: March 9, 2015 (March 13 program coming soon)

Who: Chestnut Hill College

Where: United Nations Headquarters, New York and
               9/11 Memorial

About the Day:
Working with Dr. Sheldon Miller (Science Dept.) and Jaqueline Reich (Political Science), CHC has created a reverse model program with students reporting on a global problem and getting UN personnel reacting to their understanding of the issue and solution ideas. It centers on the growing climate change crisis for several Pacific Island nations.  In their classroom scenario, 50 students were told that a delegation of representatives from the Pacific Island nations of Tuvulu, Marshall Islands and Kiribati asked them to come up with a plan that will address:

(1) what the world can do about climate change that might lessen the effects of the rising sea levels
(2) what can countries do to address the migration of so many Pacific Island people in the coming decades 
(3) Related to Climate Change, they also asked what can the Pacific Island nations do to make sure that their human rights are protected under the UN Convention on Human Rights.

CHC students were told that the Pacific Island delegation claimed they are the "canary in the coal mine", and the first people effected so deeply by climate change. CHC instructors have students preparing to come to the United Nations to report their suggestions and solutions in short reports and get additional advice on this issue.   The students are doing the background work.  Briefing time frame is 75 Minutes. 

Itinerary for the Day:

Depart CHC from lower parking lot near Germantown Avenue
9:15AM   Arrive at UN


Tour of the United Nations
  UN Briefing
  12:00PM   Depart UN
  Visit World Trade Center site and 9/11 Memorial

Leave for Return Trip to CHC
  Arrival at CHC 

For more information:
Global Education Motivators (GEM)
Chestnut Hill College, Martino Hall/322
Philadelphia, PA (US) or 215-248-1150

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