The First Ever Students For Rivers Camp
The First Ever Students for Rivers Camp
… was awesome! (And I slept >15h in order to recover).
Here’s a little rundown of what happened at the camp:
We had 28 students from 17 different countries
Our students studied topics ranging from industrial design to political ecology, from communications to aquatic biogeochemistry, from international relations to environmental engineering
We had 3 professors (biodiversity, civil engineer, biogeochemist) come and talk about the natural river system and the impacted river system
We had representatives from Bankwatch and Eko-Svest explain how public money is being used to fund controversial topics (e.g. how hydropower is significantly subsidized compared to other renewables)
We had an environmental lawyer give a talk about giving nature human rights
We had a Soča valley local, Monika, give us a brief history of the Balkans, Slovenia, and the Soča valley
We had two students (including yours truly) explain how they got funding to do their own PhD projects
We had a representative from The Rivers Trust explain how citizen science can be used to get local people involved in river conservation and to collect data
Our students couldn’t stop talking about how we need to do the camp again next year!
I compiled some interviews with students and lecturers below to shed some light on the situation in the Balkans. Also check out the photos at the end of the post!
Thanks to everyone that participated! It couldn’t have been done without you ❤️