ENVR 430 is different from any Environmental Science courses I’ve taken. Unlike other classes that tend to focus on climate change, we were introduced to so many environmental issues that I didn’t notice before. Instead of focusing on the sciences behind environmental issues, this class incorporates many social-level decisions and factors into the content. I still remember the first class when I talked about planned obsolescence; this topic made me invoked my interest in learning about different kinds of issues around us. A weekly three-hour lecture provides us with a flexible platform for discussion, though I rarely speak up in class, I was glad to hear about perspectives from my classmates.
The most unique part of this class is how it promotes environmental activism, which encourages us to apply what we learned in class to activities that make changes. I enjoyed the final presentation, knowing how campaigns and workshops were organized and performed. I also gained the skills of organizing campaigns and workshops; I hope I will have opportunity to join environmental campaigns and apply what I learned to practical cases. Thank you to Professor Kai, Dana, and everyone who is part of the class. You all make up a such unique experience for me.