The research of [my capstone] examines the validity of international organizations making equitable impacts globally, while working towards ‘sustainable futures.’ As climate research grows more prevalent due to the nature of facing direct risk of increasing disasters, there also is study of environmental limits, as resources dwindle and human populations grow. Government agencies are increasingly pursuing solutions to these issues, but they work within the bounds of their nation-states. In order to accomplish a solution for a problem as wide spread as the current climate crises, it seems that a global approach may be much more successful, and perhaps necessary. Thus, in looking at international organizations through the lense of C40 Cities, I observe a network that connects major cities globally to combat climate change, while also focusing on a more sustainable [and equitable] future.”-Abstract, Equity Within Sustainable Development: A Look at Comparative Influence Through International Organizations
Over the last year, I have worked to complete my research towards my framework and answer my focus question (my focus question being ‘In what ways does C40 Cities contribute to the pursuit of ending adverse global inequalities?’). As I reach this end (not concluding the end of all research on this topic, but simply the work towards my current capstone research as a work with Lewis and Clark College), I find a feeling of passion and solidarity in reflection on all I’ve learned. In researching my capstone, while simultaneously completing studies of other forms and getting to talk through my work with that of others in the program, I found a great amount of growth. I learned a lot, both in the nature of my capstone topic and in the processes that went into its completion.
Engaging In Global Happenings
As a topic itself, I learned a great deal on global issues of equity and ways to confront it. There are so many more issues in the world happening right now than we can possibly imagine, and yet the number of efforts combating this are just the same. International organizations have risen in popularity in recent years, bringing a new form of activism and change in even the most unprecedented of times. Through international diplomacy, there is room to diminish regional and community economic disparities, specifically where obvious inequalities are prevalent. C40 Cities is a great example of an international organization that is bringing together cities across the world to create equitable, sustainable change while fighting the climate crisis.
Roll With The Punches
In working on my capstone over the last year, I identified many trends and habits of mine (both old and new). My obvious procrastination skills came out, but I learned ways to better manage it through the need to complete an assignment that involved a broad span of constrained compartmentalizing. I also learned more on resilience to change and the unpredictable. Personal struggles came up during the completion of my research, and learning how to set aside time for myself has become an important part of self motivation and completing assignments that I am proud of. Additionally, and most importantly, is the unpredictable; in life and in research, unexpected things happen, and not everything can be planned. Learning how to utilize the surprises and the changes to better benefit the future (or outcome in the case of research, although that is working towards benefiting the future as well) is a great skill that I have built on through this.