Climate Change for the Non-Believers

I am a Cornerstones student here at George Mason. Some of you may not be aware of what this program is…if you need a thorough explanation just ask me. But where I’m going with this is really about the segment of the class I’ve just started.

For this last quarter of the school year my class is about Science and Arts. Specifically right now we are discussing climate change. I feel it is wonderful that this topic is being tied into my program because not every general ed. course even talks about the environment. I am noticing so many students have a very limited interest in the environment and are more unaware then we realize. This makes me feel outreach needs to intensify even more but also makes me realize that they’re in for a bumpy and slightly depressing ride.

What I’ve noticed is that when we talk about what we, as a human race, have done to the environment it sounds extremely helpless. In a way it is if we do nothing, but we don’t want to destroy the hope we do have of helping our Earth! Since there is so much info of what we’ve done wrong we need to blast the world with all of the ways we can help. I mean ALL of them.

I’m hoping that with this section of corner stones I can help make students aware of opportunities on campus to help make the world more Green. Many jobs in the future will require people to have knowledge of the environment, so hopefully as this class unwinds I will get to see others become more aware of the world and how every move counts. Perhaps they’ll discover they want to pursue a Sustainability minor.

Climate change specifically has been seen as taboo, and my class has specifically discussed politicians disregarding this issue. It is not something you can believe in, it just exists. Climate change is not a concept you can disregard, the longer those remain ignorant the more damage will be done.

By informing students you create more voices, educate all on this matter and the amount of “believers” of change will flourish.

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3 comments

  1. rogerwleblanc · March 28, 2016

    Meghan, thanks for your post. I am glad you are getting a lot out of your Cornerstones class. You are exactly right – climate change is a fact and we need to be talking about it as a bi-partisan issue since it affects all of us. 97.7% of climate scientists agree that human caused climate change is happening. Research from Mason’s Climate Change Communication Center also shows that more Americans believe in climate change than we would expect – they just need to be activated to act. You will be one of those voices that helps activate our society to act on climate change!

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  2. sonamka12 · March 29, 2016

    When I take classes which includes concepts from differing subjects, it makes the class more intriguing, Not all students are interested in different subjects being intertwined, but you can definitely make it seem interesting by giving examples of how climate change indirectly or directly affects our everyday life. For example, climate change leads to more droughts around the world. This negatively affects the type and number of crops farmers can grow for import or self-sufficient use. Thus, food resources are reduced. But I think that this is a great way to influence people and make them understand the issue and its importance!

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  3. lessthan3emily · March 30, 2016

    I love how you emphasized that there is so much negative information out there, but instead we should be focusing on how people can help the situation. Even by framing the solutions differently, not just by emphasizing the environmental benefits, but also including the important social, mental, and health benefits that usually come from those that positively impact the environment! Don’t let the pessimists let you down! Good luck on your projects for the class 🙂

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