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TerraFirma, James Madison University and the Psychology of Sustainability

Last week TerraFirma hosted a group of Honours students from James Madison University, Virginia, USA. The students were on ‘The Psychology of Sustainability and Connection to the Natural World’ study abroad course, which involved a 23-day trip to Malta and Sicily.


TerraFirma hosted the students for three days, including workshops and tours ran by FoE Malta, FAA, Y4TE, Brian Restall and Marco Cremona from the Malta Water Association and Birdlife Malta. Members Sharklab Malta, Slow Food Malta and MOAM also hosted the students during their stay.


The course was structured to explore the connection between people and nature, and during their time on the island the students learnt about the current political, cultural, environmental and social challenges currently facing Malta. Some of the key issues covered while with TerraFirma included exploring a sense of place and how this affects identity; and water security. Some highlights included a educational and interactive tour of Valletta; and a guided tour of picturesque Foresta 2000 site, followed by an interactive onsite workshop. You can read about the days’ activities here. The amazing impact this trip made on the visiting students can also be read here.


Thanks to all involved, and to Debbie Sturm and her fantastic students!