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.