Date of Award

Spring 4-20-2023

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Meir Alkon

Second Advisor

Christopher Toulouse, Ph.D.


In recent years, climate change has gone from a distant threat to an imminent reality. Many countries around the world are being impacted by climate change in different ways. However, decolonized countries are having more difficulty adjusting to and addressing climate change related problems, and these are being compounded by their sociopolitical and economic problems. In Brazil, the deforestation of the Amazon for the sake of agro-extractive capitalism has both accelerated climate change and expelled the Amazonian indigenous inhabitants. In Pakistan, conflict with India has made cooperation with water-sharing agreements in an already water-scarce environment even less likely. In Jakarta, Indonesia, infrastructure created during the colonial era has accelerated land subsidence, and, in combination with rising sea levels, has begun to inundate the entire city. While individual action is important, the most potent actions that can be taken to mitigate climate change are those by governments and corporations.