Maria Prebble is a 2015 MEM with a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy. Her love for the environment began as a child playing outside and catching frogs in her yard in the woods of Wisconsin.
Maria graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in international relations and environmental studies in 2012. During college, Maria interned at the US Department of Labor in Washington, DC, where she worked on the agency’s sustainability projects. She also studied the impacts of acid rain on forest ecosystems in the Czech Republic, and worked with child Agent Orange victims in Vietnam. Before starting graduate school, Maria had a fellowship with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Seoul, South Korea, and interned with the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.
At Duke, Maria’s master’s project is focused on women’s participation in environmental decision-making in least developed countries (LDCs). Maria attended the 2013 UN Climate Change Negotiations in Warsaw Poland, and is co-leading the Duke Delegation to the 2014 Negotiations in Lima, Peru in December. She is also a team member of the Bass Connections Project, “Exploring the Intersection of Energy and Peace-building through Film.”
“The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs and makes the sun and moon shed tears from their eyes.” – Emperor Shah Jahan And Shan Jahan was right—the Taj Mahal is quite simply theContinue reading
In previous posts, I described how rural women interact with the environment in different ways than men and that women are often absent or underrepresented in decision-making at both the local and international level. GenderContinue reading
Novels and films set in India, travel guides, documentaries and Bollywood music videos often have one scene in common: the majestic Indian railroad. The Indian Railway is one the world’s largest and busiest train systemsContinue reading
“The absence of women, particularly those from the global South, from national and international discussions and decision-making on climate change and development must change. The battle to protect the environment is not solely about technologicalContinue reading
Nightfall is my favorite part of the day during my stays in the town of Vishma. The temperature drops quickly (from a miserable 110° to a pleasant-by-comparison 87°) and I can relax on my cotContinue reading
Leaving Udaipur, the wall paintings on homes and temples alongside the road imply that I’m traveling outside of a city and into the wilderness, as the paintings’ themes evolve from courtly scenes to wild animalsContinue reading
Ten thousand years ago, Rajasthan was lush and green. Ancient civilizations prospered off of the fertile farmlands fed by the Saraswati River. Today, the Saraswati River is both legend and history, as it appeared toContinue reading
Namaste, नमस्ते, from Udaipur, India! Udaipur is in the Indian state of Rajasthan, in the northwest part of the country. The city of Udaipur is known as the “Venice of the East” for its shimmeringContinue reading