My name is Vani Gupta, and I'm a fifth-year Biology major. Most of the courses in my degree are about ecology, evolution, and evolutionary ecology. I really love animals and plants and the diversity that exists in nature. It is incredible to see how different species have come to exist and how they have utilized and adapted to their environments. Our impact on the environment is devastating, and that is made so much worse by the fact that it's an issue that's ignored or deemed to be a lower priority. As an individual, I also feel that I don't have the power to truly make a difference. This is why I took ENVR 430. I wanted to learn how I could help in a meaningful way, whether that's as an individual, by understanding what needs to be done, and/or by entering fields and jobs where I have influence over larger-scale actions and decisions. As a Biology student, my courses have been very specific and structured, and while we do go over the problems of loss of biodiversity and environmental degradation, we don't discuss as much what we can do to resolve it at an individual and industry level. This course seems to be far more interdisciplinary and focused on finding strategies, solutions, and ways to empower people, and I am excited to be a part of this learning experience. I'm grateful to be exposed to a platform like CoSphere, and I hope we can really use this to reach people and #UnleashValues!
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