Veena Khandke

Veena Khandke is an Adjunct faculty Professor in the Department of Asian Studies and the Master's Program in Advocacy and Equity Studies at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She is also a Faculty Affiliate with the Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and the Shi Institue for Sustainable Communities.

Climate Refugees: Seeking an Intimate Connection to a Home

When the human populations transitioned from a hunter-gatherer society to an agricultural society about 12,000 years ago, it dramatically changed our entire relationship to our environment, eventually creating an intimate connection to a particular place: a home. During preagricultural times, hunter-gatherers had been living in small nomadic groups and moved as they followed their food …

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Indigenous Communities and Human Ecology

Indigenous people make up 5% of the world’s population and within the lands they live on responsibly protect 80% of the earth’s biodiversity. The term “indigenous” is a generic term, used in various contexts, in various parts of the world among linguistically and culturally diverse communities. These communities are also referred to as first peoples, …

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Gender Equality and Climate Change

It is hard to walk away from today’s headlines and news stories about climate change. As large weather events become more intense, sea levels rise, wildfires become more extreme, and island nations face unsure futures, all of the world’s populations in both developing and developed countries are being forced to contend with what next? Climate …

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