Kate gives a talk on climate change at the US Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam
tThis winter break, I traveled to Vietnam and China. It was my first trip to Asia, and although I am a seasoned traveller, I felt like a novice, stumbling through the complex tones of the Vietnamese language while trying to order tofu (đậu hủ) and vegetables (rau). I was, however, in my element when I was invited to give a talk at the US Embassy in Hanoi on climate change and its impacts for Vietnam. It's low-lying coastal regions, and diverse climate make it one of five countries to be most affected by climate change. It is also one of the top five rice producing countries, which means that any disaster that may befall Vietnam's rice industry, will be felt around the world. We spent some time biking through the fishing villages surrounding Hạ Long Bay to find beautiful examples of diversified cropping systems. Taro, banana, bok choy, carrots, and peas growing alongside flooded rice paddies. There was even a grumble from an occasional cow (mixed agriculture at its best)! From there, we traveled to Guangzhou, China in Guangdong Province. The air was thick with pollution, and we did not see a blue sky for over a week despite the warm weather. I did, however, observe a small victory for nature when I found a huge Banyan tree growing our of a small crack in the Ancient Wall of Guangzhou built during the Ming Dynasty. After a wonderful trip, I am happy to return to Maryland and start the semester (as soon as the snow melts, that is!) - by Kate Tully
Diversified farming system on Cát Bà island.
A Banyan drops its roots down the Ancient Wall of Guangzhou, built in the Ming Dynasty. These trees are often called "Masonry trees" because without them many old walls would have crumbled long ago.
When Kate and Keryn are not playing in the marsh, they are making snow angels