The inaugural PGCourse class is made up of 24 undergraduate, Master’s, law, and PhD students ages 18 to 60 across five continents. Get to know more about them and their Climate Action Projects!

Each student has created, developed and implemented a Climate Action Project during the final six weeks of the semester, with many continuing on today. The below summaries offer insight into the diverse array of CAPs from the PGCourse Fall 2021 cohort.


Maria’s CAP educates people in neighborhoods throughout Bogotá to take care of public spaces and improve waste management. With the formation of a group of Eco-Líderes (leaders), the project will offer education, meeting spaces, and awareness activities to provide the community with both the tools and culture to take environmental responsibility, reduce waste generated at home, and address climate and social problems.



By conducting surveys among and facilitating workshops with young women and girls throughout Benin, Daniel’s CAP seeks to change the low rate of female participation in the climate field in his country and beyond. These ‘Amazons’ will be able to position themselves as key players in the fight against the harmful effects of climate change in West Africa, contrary to what is currently happening.



Access to clean water is an increasing problem in developing countries, particularly those dependent on natural resource mining like Nigeria. Amarachi will use her skillset to collect and analyze water samples from select polluted sites across coastal communities in the Niger Delta. Her results will provide students, staffers, and policymakers with knowledge on water quality to address pollution and public and environmental health.



An urban garden in the neighborhood of Pinares in Bogotá will act as a classroom to educate the community about the impacts of the climate crisis, as well as mitigation and adaptation techniques. Anyi will team up with students and a local organization to research, develop and execute a teaching and technology strategy to inform about environmental challenges and transform the public’s relationship with nature.



How is the Zimbabwean community taking on climate change? Takunda will explore resistance and adaptability, food security and economic sustenance, and indigenous food systems and preservation mechanisms across generations. For his CAP, he will interview five elders and five young members of the community on these topics to then produce a podcast, publishable academic paper and eventual book.



Reducing single use plastic is a priority addressing environmental problems, and motivating young people is a big step towards this goal. Children can be a part of motivating families, friends and communities to care about, understand the impact of, and work towards solutions. Clinton’s CAP aims to educate and motivate children in Nigeria towards a greener and cleaner environment, while embracing individual agency within communities.



The loss of pollinating insects poses a serious threat to food production. Chemical pesticide use by farms, communities and households has reduced the numbers of insects that facilitate pollination of fruit bearing trees, shrubs, and other food sources. Caesar’s CAP has a vision to bring back a vibrant population of bees, butterflies and pollinators, by providing areas where insects can thrive with food, shelter and no chemical use.



By reconnecting people with the planet and teaming up with mushrooms, nature’s connectors and recyclers, Merlin’s CAP aims to create healthier environments. He will give multidimensional educational workshops to teach participants about the valuable role of mushrooms in ecosystems, how to grow them at home with simple materials, and directly employ the services of fungi to create food from food waste.



Rohini’s CAP aims to bring sustainable waste management to the cantonment areas of New Delhi in the form of compost bins, segregated recycling bins, etc. These systems will benefit both present and future residents, all involved in garbage collection, and the broader community, as well as public health and existing greenery, natural resources, and the surrounding environment by eradicating open dumping.



The Italian educational system is failing to introduce young people to the environmental discourse. Cecilia will leverage her experience as a writer, editor and journalist for her CAP, translating words into visual images to film a short documentary that centers environmental storytelling, reflects on the importance of teaching children about climate change, and highlights the value they bring to the solution-making process.



Unemployment for young women in Uganda is at 13.3%. For his CAP, Sinan seeks to bring women into male-dominated industries to run Community Collection Hubs. This will place them in positions of leadership and provide opportunities to learn and practice skills in finance, collection and machine management, as well as attract more women to the recycling economy, spreading benefits and income among the female population. 



Creating an open source website will make information about sustainable behavior accessible to everyone. The platform that Vittorio will build for his CAP will feature environmentally-friendly practices (ex. using a bicycle, buying second hand, etc.), how to get involved in the movement, and specific projects or initiatives that they can help with or support. People will be able to add to the site to ensure a relevant, growing resource.


STEPHEN KIRK, United Kingdom

Stephen is creating an accessible climate learning platform for students. His CAP will allow university students to shift from climate anxiety/denial to action, optimism and expression, and ensure education is inclusive while highlighting colonialism, postcolonialism and the need for a system change. It can easily be shared with other student unions around the country to provide a vital form of collective action. 



By gathering scouts around saving nature, supporting native biodiversity, and combating climate change, Srna will deepen their power and pride in making a positive impact on the local community. Her CAP will provide both the tools and courage for participants to not only acquire and use knowledge on these topics, but also to train and educate others to lead positive change.



Through a visual story zine or digital/physical comic that tells the tale of the Jenu Kuruba Adivasis (honey tribe), Sanjana aims to usher in dialogue and action towards an anti-colonial and anti-caste vision of climate justice. Indigenous communities are evicted from their homes for ‘conservation purposes,’ despite the fact that Indigenous lands house 80% of the planet’s biodiversity and Indigenous rights are central to conservation.


How can we change the destiny of food discarded by restaurants and redirect it to communities facing food insecurity? Beginning in the Brazilian city of Londrina, Juliana’s CAP will implement a system to collect spare food from restaurants, pack it in reusable containers, and transport it to those in need with local volunteers.



“Education Through Art” will offer students ages 14 to 20 an opportunity to learn about climate change in both a theoretical course and art event. Danja’s CAP will educate students to understand what climate change is, its effect on the environment, the role of individuals and why we should have hope in collective solutions. Students will also become familiar with artists using their mediums for activism on environmental issues.



From an early age, children need to be made aware of how their actions affect the environment. Interactive, hands-on environmental education on climate change and the state of the world’s waters is critical. Nuppu will focus her CAP on children from 5-9 years old, using storytelling and activities like planting fruit and vegetables, picking up trash, creating art, and more to inspire, create wonder, and engage youth in innovative solutions.