ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2018

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2018, students applied to join the Class of 2018 on 285 campuses across 57 nations. 30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) were selected to host the 402 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year.

The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 48,785 hours and their 214 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 393,449 people worldwide.

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT JAMIE FARRELL, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2018.

Georgetown University | Washington D.C., United States | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 9

" It is the chance grow a network of peers serving as friends, colleagues and mentors simultaneously. Furthermore, it is a network of individuals whose life experiences differ vastly from my own, drawing from a variety of disciplines, but also cultures that span the globe. This diversity of perspectives is something I believe to be an imperative aspect of action on Climate Change. Very simply, participation in the Millennium Fellowship confers both experience and preliminary expertise in the process of working towards a better world in an age of exponential complexity. As I look forward to a career in tackling Climate Change and its diversity of adverse effects on human well-being, this kind of experience would be invaluable. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: No Time To Waste

I started out in the Millenium Fellowship with a project called Core Pathways, for which I was a student researcher. However, at the beginning of the semester a friend and I discovered our mutual interest in learning to lead a zero waste lifestyle. I am passionate about Core Pathways, but it is not uniquely my project (it is a part of a large initiative at my school). I still work for it, but I felt that pursing and documenting our journey towards a zero waste lifestyle would be a better fit for the purposes of the Millenium Fellowship. Plus, it make me have accountability towards what will initially be a more inward-facing project.

We called our new project No Time To Waste, because in terms of changing how we as humans conduct our lifestyles, that statement is painfully true. We felt committed to decreasing our footprint through this massive reduction of our contributions to landfills, but wanted to catalogue our journey to hopefully provide a blueprint for others in similar situations looking to do the same thing.

This project is about being conscious of what we throw away, but it's perhaps even more so about being conscious of what we consume. Of who creates what we consume and how they do it. We realize that tangible change won't just come from being more conscious consumers - it will come from being less voracious consumers. At its heart, this project is about being more intentional and reflective about the way that we lead our lives. What do we really need? Why do we need it?

It also recognizes that the patterns of consumption in our society don't only contribute to environmental degradation. Environmental degradation often affects those who contribute to it least and who have some of the fewest resources to combat it. Additionally, the systems on which they are built are frequently fundamentally unjust to those that labor within them. The question of consumerism is therefore a question of human rights in an increasingly globalized world.

About the Millennium Fellow

Jamie is a rising senior at Georgetown University studying Environmental Biology with a minor in Justice & Peace Studies. She is passionate about the ways in which changes in the environment are so intimately tied to human life (and vice versa), specifically as it relates to gender issues and sustainable consumerism (or lack thereof).

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