Issues of justice are embedded in every aspect of climate change, and as emissions increase so do inequities worldwide. Low income, economically marginalized communities, individuals suffering from chronic diseases, older people, and vulnerable populations, in general, will be disproportionately affected by climate change. Furthermore, due to uneven social and economic development, many of those with the least resources will face the most intense climate impacts. Globalization has made the world smaller, but temporal and spatial distance separates the causes and effects of climate change. Those who have most benefited from the sources of emissions are living in a different world from those who are most harmed, making accountability more difficult.
The Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies is committed to reducing our impact on climate change by advancing the principles of sustainable living and equity. Our vision is to become a contemporary center for education, demonstration, outreach, and research on one of the most important environmental issues of our time: climate change.
To address those that are most vulnerable to climate change, who are also those that have contributed less we must support initiatives for climate justice. In recognition of this need, the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies is proposing a new student scholarship dedicated to work that contributes to reducing our effects on anthropogenic climate change with special emphasis on those that are most vulnerable and have the least resources.
The proposed scholarship will also support the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to make higher education more accessible. The scholarship will be awarded annually to graduate students in the Master of Science in Regenerative Studies and undergraduate students that have declared a Minor in Regenerative Studies. The award will be for course work, research or involvement in activities that benefit the planet and communities disproportionately affected by climate change. Inaugural award will be in spring 2021.
All donations to this scholarship are tax-deductible. The scholarship account is held in the Cal Poly Pomona Philanthropic Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit organization (Federal ID 83-2300241).