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Valuing Reciprocal Conversation

Valuing Reciprocal Conversation

This week in Environmental Studies class we discussed environmental engagement. We focused on the importance of the Dialogic model in which one must engage with someone by both listening and speaking. It is a two way street.

Don’t be Fooled by the Myth Makers!

Don’t be Fooled by the Myth Makers!

The anti-GMO and “buy local” movements have been present since before I can remember. In the past, I have been convinced by the media and the people around me that buying locally sourced foods is the most ethical and the most healthy way to go. One of the key benefits, I have been convinced to believe, is that buying local is the best way to avoid GMOs. So for me, these movements have pretty much gone hand in hand. My understanding of these movements, however, have never really accounted for the environmental costs and benefits of local food and GMOs.

Using Economics to Solve the Conservation Conundrum

Using Economics to Solve the Conservation Conundrum

The interdisciplinarity of environmental studies became very relevant this week when I learned an economic approach to conservation in my economics class. This approach felt like the perfect mathematical answer to the ideological problem we were facing in the conservation of the Northern Spotted Owl. 

Income and Race as factors in Environmental Health

Income and Race as factors in Environmental Health

Environmental justice is one of the most important issues that we need to face as a society. People in poverty deserve to live in an environment that does not put them at risk, and they deserve the attention of the government to repair the damage that has already been done. Fifty percent of the world’s population is at risk of contracting Dengue. Dengue is a disease transferred by mosquitoes that can be potentially deadly with repeated infection.

Reaching Out to our Enemies

Reaching Out to our Enemies

If we stop the “you’re wrong, I’m right” mindset and start communicating, we will no longer be so polarized and offensive, and maybe we can start looking at facts rather than political identities. How are we supposed to solve the problem of climate change if we do not communicate with those who do not believe in its existence? Their view, as activist Daryl Davis puts it, will fester. As leaders, we have the responsibility to engage with people who we disagree with and to educate them.

Situating Ourselves for a Deeper Understanding

Situating Ourselves for a Deeper Understanding

In the field of Environmental Studies, it is easy to feel that environmental issues are too complicated to address. Situated research is the solution to this problem. By framing our research with these broad questions, and then choosing a place in which to situate our research, we can be more able to tackle environmental issues.

Embracing Our Monsters

Embracing Our Monsters

I would be a hypocrite if I said I did not like technology, and so would you. I am assuming that you had to use some sort of technology to access this article, just as I had to use technology to write it. Most people living in modern society would not say that they dislike technology. Our lifestyles are completely dependent on it.