Cornell Botanic Gardens, in partnership with CALS Department of Global Development and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, will present a live webinar, “Global Climate Stories: Challenge, Choice and Change”, on Wednesday, April 22, at 10:00 a.m. The webinar is free but pre-registration is required.

Our changing climate poses great challenges for all of humanity: extreme weather events, sea level rise, flooding, drought, wildfires and more. How are countries in areas most affected by climate change responding to these and other challenges? In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this special live webinar will feature stories from three Humphrey Fellows, who will describe the impacts of climate change in their home countries, and efforts being undertaken in response to these challenges.

 Md. Tanvir Ahmed, deputy director at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), will discuss the issue of climate refugees in Bangladesh; Hlaing Htoon, assistant lecturer at Mawlamyine University, Myanmar, will speak on the impacts of climate change in Myanmar; and Artak Khachatryan, director of agricultural technology input and service department, CARD Agroservice CJSC, Armenia, will discuss climate-smart agricultural solutions in Armenia.

 The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides professionals from developing countries an opportunity to enhance their leadership potential and managerial skills. The program was established in 1978 in honor of the late senator and vice president to commemorate and carry forward Hubert Humphrey’s lifelong commitment to international cooperation and public service. Cornell University is one of 13 universities in the U.S. participating in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program, which is a Fulbright Exchange Activity administered nationally by the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. At Cornell University, Humphrey Fellows are professionals in the fields of agriculture, environmental and natural resource management, biotechnology, and city and regional planning.

The webinar will be recorded for later viewing.