It's hard to believe that the semester is already coming to an end! It was, most definitely, an eye-opening journey to learn about the various environmental issues that exist in our global community. I'm leaving this class feeling inspired as I now have the proper tools to keep learning and staying aware of existing issues, advocating for policy changes where current regulations are lacking and taking part in creating a more sustainable future!
Walking into this course, I was far less informed about significant sustainability issues. So, when we were asked to post online regarding our values and visions for the future, I was a bit nervous as I was not super confident in my knowledge regarding the topic. But over this semester, we have gone over so many interesting and important topics -from the overconsumption issue present in fast fashion to newer sustainable death care options-that I'm leaving this class having gained much more confidence in my ability to speak regarding a vast number of environmental and sustainability issues.
Part of the class structure was that it was encouraged to turn off all screens during class. Coming from a science background, where note-taking becomes second nature, it felt a bit strange at first to not take notes, but I very quickly came to love the opportunity to just sit back and absorb each case study and story presented every Friday afternoon. I wish other classes were taught like this!
In the future, I will continue to use the skills that ENVR 430 has provided me by advocating for environmental policy changes where current policies are lacking, spreading awareness regarding sustainability issues in my community, and actively taking part in contributing to a greener environment! I will for sure miss this class!