Shama Tirukkala is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science and Classics at the University of Chicago. She is interested in the intersection of tech and climate advocacy as well as harnessing the power of computer science and policy to address pressing environmental challenges.

“Through attending COP28, I was able to learn from major players in everything from the energy sector to the tech industry. As I hope to attend law school one day, it was helpful to go to COP28 and understand the many ways that policy plays a role in regulating our environmental impact, gaining a better understanding of the global impact of climate change. One day I would like to come back to COP28 as someone who plays a role in the negotiations; having the opportunity to attend this year for what will hopefully be the first time of many is something I will always be extremely grateful to UChicago for.”