I value the time that I was able to spend this term learning about the climate crisis and the steps I can take to make real change. Life can get so busy that we forget to take the time to learn and advocate for a greener and healthier future. This course has been such a great experience and I wish that all UBC students could have the opportunity to take it.
I envision a future where all young people have easy access to the information that we were taught in ENVR 430 this term. Knowledge is key when it comes to kickstarting change. I know that before ENVR 430 I felt that I didn't know enough about environmental issues to speak up about them. I was scared to have difficult conversations, but now they don't feel as daunting. I hope that going forward more and more people are empowered with this kind of knowledge so that we can all fight for a better world together.
I think that implementing more classes like this one, and making them more accessible to a wider audience would be a great intervention to help achieve my vision. I know that the University of Albert provides a free course on Indigenous histories and contemporary perspectives and I think that it would be really cool if UBC could do a similar thing with environmental issues. The topics covered this term would benefit so many people, not only those who are current university students, so making the content more widely available could be a good way to encourage real change.