Throughout the past three months, I have embarked on a journey of learning about different topics of sustainability, and ways to share and express my values regarding the different topics. Climate and eco-anxiety have always been a problem that I, as an aspiring environmental scientist, am constantly combatting. Through discussions with peers in class and the Cosphere platform, I have been more confident in expressing and unleashing my environmental values, knowing that there is someone out there who shares similar values with me. Finding and generating ideas with this group of people have given me a sense of hope and optimism in combating the climate crisis. Sure a lot of systemic changes still needed to the done before the world is truly sustainable, but this class has given me the skills and sense of belonging to help make these big changes.
This class has taught me to be courageous in sharing my core values and has given me the opportunity to use what I've learned throughout my degree to make big changes. I envision a world where people have the confidence in unleashing their genuine environmental values, and like-minded people can work together to make big systemic changes towards sustainability. Learning about the importance of speaking up and advocating for changes, I will continue this mentality as I pursue my career, proactively campaigning for systemic changes.