Building an 8,000 meter Vertical University in eastern Nepal to help rural farmers adapt to variable impacts of climate change in six nodes
The Vertical University was born from the simple precept that in a mountainous country like Nepal, where there is exceptional diversity from the tropical plains to the alpine Himalayas, conventional education paradigms make little sense. There is a pressing need for low-cost, low-tech, and field-based educational opportunities embedded in local communities, supporting organic or sustainable farming methods. Across this 8,000 meter gradient, there are six key nodes representing the six climatic regions of Nepal from the tropics to the Nival regions. The idea is that one day, a Nepali student could walk up the mountain across 118 different forest types, and learn from local farmers about the deep physical and biological diversity of the landscape.