Meet Adam Stickney from the Climate and Society Class of 2023
This fall, the Columbia School of Climate is welcoming a new class of students Master’s program in climate and society. This 12-month interdisciplinary program teaches students to understand and address the impacts of climate change and climate variability on society and the environment.
The incoming class of 2023 includes 80 students with diverse backgrounds and career paths, impressive skill sets, and big plans to help protect people and the environment.
State of the Planet will be interviewing some of these extraordinary students in the coming weeks. In the Q&A below, you can meet Adam Stickney, who is looking forward to learning how to turn thought into climate action.
Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you became interested in studying climate?
I grew up in England and spent most of my time in nature. My youth is filled with memories of time spent in the forests of southern England. It wasn’t until I took classes in college that I really began to understand the enormity of the climate crisis. It was my community college professor who inspired me to pursue a major in environmental science, and now that I’ve graduated from UC Berkeley, I feel ready to focus my studies specifically on climate at Columbia. to concentrate
With each new IPCC report that comes out, it becomes increasingly clear to me that the climate crisis is the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced and that our response will determine the fate of our planet and all the species that live here. will determine My interest in studying weather goes beyond my love of nature. Ultimately, it is a response to the devastation caused by climate change and its unequal impacts globally.
What specifically drew you to the Climate and Community program?
The Climate and Society program is unique in that it takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of climate, which is exactly what I was looking for. I was delighted to see a premier university open a school solely focused on climate—the Columbia School of Climate. It is clear to me that Colombia is taking this crisis seriously and is ahead of the game here. This is exactly where I want to be. This is where innovation happens. The class group comes from a range of diverse backgrounds, which is critical to gaining a comprehensive and effective response and understanding of climate.
What are you most excited to learn about while you’re here?
Beyond the basic science necessary to fully understand the complexities of climate, I am most excited about learning about the processes required to turn thought into action. I mean how can we translate our research into substantive policy. American politics is increasingly tangled, and learning to navigate that terrain is critical to enacting positive change.
How does the program align with your career goals?
I aspire to work in climate policy, either as a policy analyst for government or in a non-governmental think tank doing research and advocacy. This program could not have prepared me better for it. I will gain a dynamic scientific and mathematical background in climate and the skills to practically transfer it to decision makers. We will be conducting research and collaborating with other students, faculty and organizations. This is exactly why I wanted to be part of an interdisciplinary climate program.
Anything else you want to add?
How surreal to have this amazing opportunity to follow my passions and the chance to be part of the solution. My acceptance to Columbia Climate School has been indescribable and I can’t wait to start this new chapter of my life in New York.