This week, I had the opportunity to reflect on the course. I was anticipating another typical class with lectures full of information to memorise but I would soon forget. However, I am feeling completely different about the class now. After every single week focused on a different aspect of the environment, I gained a deeper sense of understanding and appreciation. The lectures felt like stories rather than text on a slide and every time we had a class discussion, it was inspiring to see so many like-minded students. This course exceeded my expectations, I was expecting to feel discouraged learning of how inevitable the end of our planet is and learn of all the negatives surrounding this topic. But instead, I was educated on feasible solutions. I was previously hung up on the idea that I personally could not make a difference by myself but am glad to know that change is possible through real specific solutions and collaboration. The values and skills I am leaving the class with revolve around my newfound appreciation for the environment and the skills I picked up from the hard conversations we had in class. I am motivated to have more conversations about sustainability with my community, starting with my friends and hopefully expanding to even strangers in the near future. The hard conversations have made me realise that not all conversations have to have a clear goal. Rather, the act of discussing an important topic actually contributes to making a change as it helps people to start thinking of the possibilities and bring light to environmental topics that are so often overlooked. Leaving this course I want to take what I learned and move forward to making a change in my planet, unleashing my values for many years to come.
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