In 2021, the U.N. Secretary-General said that climate change was a “code red for humanity,” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that unprecedented changes in the Earth’s climate due to human influence; the Office of the Director of National Intelligence projected an increased risk of geopolitical tensions such as cross-border migration, strategic competition leading to conflict, and nations resisting clean energy transitions due to climate change; and leaders from almost 200 countries gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, at the U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties to build upon the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. All present agreed that much work is to be done to protect Earth for future generations. In this Special Edition of JSIRE, “Climate Change-The Homeland Adapts,” multidisciplinary approaches to teaching climate change and climate security at higher education institutions are examined. The five articles, authored by professors at higher education institutions, detail various andragogical and pedagogical approaches to integrating climate change into courses taught to students across multiple disciplines and provide insights and guidelines for academics from all fields.


Gianna M. Petrone

Gianna M. Petrone earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Homeland Security from Monmouth University in 2020. She is currently working towards receiving her M.A. from Monmouth University in Criminal Justice with a focus on intelligence analysis. In her graduate career, Gianna served as a graduate assistant for Monmouth’s Department of Criminal Justice. Gianna’s professional experience includes internships with Kroll’s Cyber Risk division and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Following the completion of her studies, she aspires to work in the field of intelligence analysis.

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No. 1 Introduction to Volume 12: Climate Change-The Homeland Adapts