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Claudia Goodine (Alumni)

Claudia Goodine


I completed my Master’s of Journalism at UBC in 2012 with a specialization in sustainability. Born in Kenya, and having lived in Barbados, the Philippines, Washington, D.C. and Ottawa, the concept of global citizenship was instilled in me at an early age. After completing a BA in sociology at UBC, I blogged for a Vancouver-based NGO, Sawa World, where I helped showcase stories of grassroots leaders from the fifty poorest countries who are finding solutions to their communities’ problems. These are people living in extreme poverty who are inspiring hope in seemingly hopeless situations – true testaments to the human spirit. I’ve learned that solutions are often multidisciplinary, which makes the TerreWEB program extremely valuable for its proactive approach to addressing global change. As someone with an Arts background who is pursuing the scientific, economic and political nuances of environmental journalism, I appreciate the richness and challenges of interdisciplinary study. In the first year of my graduate studies I worked as a program coordinator for UBC Mix, a program that helps match professors from different but often overlapping fields who are eager to explore course integration.

My thesis explored how Canada’s environmental policy could change if we recognized constitutional environmental rights, the way 193 other countries around the world already do. A keystone of environmental rights (the right to live in a healthy environment) is its emphasis on enabling greater public participation in decision making. I investigated the current extent of public consultation around increasing the number of oil tankers traveling through the Burrard Inlet and exploring the potential that environmental rights have for dealing with global change.


Freelance writer & Associate producer at CBC/Radio-Canada


Goodine, C. (2012) Ship Spotting: Will the Trans Mountain pipeline and Kinder Morgan’s bid to increase oil tanker traffic sink Vancouver’s green ambitions? The Walrus, Magazine


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