Columbia University Biodiversity Club

SPS Engage Organizations (internal use only)Student Organizations

Mitigate the negative impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss (‘twin crises”) with local-level action designed to accelerate biodiversity-positive outcomes that meet the urgency called for by the global scientific community, thereby promoting the well-being of New York City residents and beyond.

Create a hub which galvanizes multidisciplinary collaboration and innovative problem-solving aimed to halt or reverse biodiversity loss in New York City and its impacts to residents, with prioritization for the needs of communities facing environmental injustice. The hub will serve to mitigate the (5) main drivers of biodiversity loss (climate change, overexploitation, pollution, habitat loss, and invasive species). While focus will be on New York City, localized biodiversity-positive actions can produce broader impacts, thus providing the opportunity to advance biodiversity-positive outcomes beyond New York City.

Organization initiatives will fall under (3) pillars meant to align efforts to cause: Education, Community, and Action.

Pillar 1: Education
Develop member and broader community awareness of biodiversity- its significance, stakeholders, implications, opportunities, and efforts underway.

Pillar 2: Community
Develop a community that provides critical support, expertise, and experience to lead biodiversity-positive action.
Create connections and increase collaboration across the university, communities, industries, disciplines, and organizations.
Strengthen cooperation and innovation through purposeful engagement.
Engage with state, national, and global community level efforts to leverage resources and to lead with best practices.

Pillar 3: Impact
Collaborate to solve difficult and complex challenges related to local biodiversity loss, and in a manner that serves the needs of communities facing environmental injustice.
Advocate through various forms for local biodiversity-positive results and prioritize communities facing environmental justice based on the needs and preferences of the related community.

– Education outside of the classroom in tying biodiversity to daily life
– Build knowledge, skills, and expertise as it relates to biodiversity, climate change, and environmental justice
– Learn from multi-disciplinary experts in various organizations across academia, community, and business
– Build a network and camaraderie with other passionate and ambitious individuals
-Opportunity to collaborate and develop solutions to biodiversity loss, climate change, and environmental justice in a way that positively impact the lives of New Yorkers (and beyond)
– Build resume with projects, skills, knowledge

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