Actually, I didn't have a deep understanding of environmental science before taking this course. In many cases, my understanding was only limited to some roadside publicity and some web pages that I may not necessarily see. I was naive enough to think that environmental science was not complicated, that it was just a matter of finding and solving problems. However, after taking this course, I found that this course is not what I imagined. Environmental science can also be profound and meaningful. For those simple problems (such as forest fires and overconsumption), they are not only related to the environmental level, but also directly affect the social level. All the problems and impediments come together to make it really difficult to actually operate. I think I've benefited a lot just from learning this aspect. Most importantly, group work and class discussions have taught me what practical actions are to solve these problems. Everything is very realistic, not idealistic, and not empty talk.
Thank you very much Kai and Dana for letting me learn this, and I think I will carry this understanding and behavior through to the end.
I totally agree! I feel as though I was concerned about things environmental things that in retrospect have a very small impact factor. It had been empowering to learn abotu systems-level change
I also learned how interconnected these problems are and how they affect so many different aspects of life!
I also love how this class connects environmental issues to social behaviours! Couldn't agree more
I think that this course did an amazing job of interweaving the social and environmental aspects of the issues we discussed. Dr. Chan's lectures and our classmates speaking out in class really deepened my understanding of the issues I already knew existed.
After this course my understanding of environmental science has also changed and deepened. I hope to raise more awareness about climate issues we learned in the class through the education and solutions I learned from this course.
Group work is a huge part of the experience for sure! This is also reflected in many scientific researches too, where teamwork is needed in order for the experiment to succeed.
I also found that my understanding of environmental science changed. There are so many different changes that need to be made to solve the issue and its not as straight forward as I think some sources make it seem
Great reflection! Environmental issues are more complex than I think before. Environmental science is truly a profound and meaningful class that teaches us to reflect and thus make a better planet.