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Climate change is a major challenge facing the world of today and the future. The implications of this global phenomenon are far reaching, and will impact every person on the Earth. Political, economic, and social complications will need to be addressed with the increasing changes it will cause on Earth’s natural systems. A synergistic new initiative in Iceland with the University of Akureyri and the Iceland Arctic Cooperation Network has opened a dialogue whereby WKU’s efforts to engage partners in the Caribbean region and elsewhere provides an opportunity for broader collaboration at both ends of the climatic spectrum of the North Atlantic. Specifically, through the North Atlantic Climate Change Cooperation (NAC3) project, CHNGES hopes to pursue mutual interests in academic research, student engagement, service learning, and economic development; enhance partnership and collaborations through appropriate governmental channels, including the Honorary Consul from Iceland to Kentucky, where appropriate to foster projects that align with international Arctic cooperative agreements; build capacity for institutional knowledge exchange in the areas of sponsored programs, fundraising, and community relations; develop internship programs for student exchange between institutions involved in the collaboration; and provide opportunities for the development of joint academic classes and programs on topics that include climate change, climate literacy, health and wellness, ocean dynamics, sustainability, economic development, informal public education, and water resources, among others.

North Atlantic Climate Change Collaboration (NAC3)

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