Sep 23, 2022
As someone from an immigrant family, I am grateful for the opportunity that this land has given me to pursue my education and career in Environmental Science, and to steer the world into a sustainable future. I also have the indigenous peoples, those who have taken care of the land since time immemorial, and are continuing the take care of the land, to thank for the opportunity I have. I will not have the opportunity to find my interest in ecology and marine biology with the indigenous people’s care. However, the indigenous people are often those that are excluded from any decision about their land and their culture. I believe everyone should have the say on what is happening on the land, especially those who live and take care of the land. I envision a world where reciprocity becomes an integral part of decision-making, especially in the conservation and environmental management realm. Not only giving back what nature had given us but also to the caretakers of the land. Without the indigenous people cultivating and taking care of the land, we won’t be able to enjoy and develop it. People (often colonizers) running conservation projects often see themselves as the “saviour” of the land, making decisions with accounting for those who have been living and tending the ecosystem for thousands of years. It is saddening to see that indigenous people are often sabotaged, or even exiled from their land in the name of conservation, breaking not only their livelihoods but also their relationship with their land. Therefore, I also envision a system of being aware and accepting of the different values and relationships of the indigenous/ local communities and incorporating the traditional knowledge and culture into each decision. For this to happen, we have to actively change our beliefs from a western hierarchical one to one that considers every living thing on an equal plainfield. Everybody has the responsibility to give back what the planet has given us to thrive. Also, we have to support the indigenous movement in getting back control of their land, hence getting their traditional knowledge and cultural practice. This is not a “courtesy” or “nice gesture” to them, but something we ought to do to make up for the Western system’s greed and selfishness toward the injustice of these communities.
Sep 16, 2022
Stuff, stuff stuff. I feel like the ability to consume has become the definition of success in the Global North. I feel burdened by the expectation of getting new stuff to the point I am suffocated by the amount of stuff I have. This is not the future I would like to live in. I envision a future where our identity is not tied to the stuff we owned, but rather what we contribute to society and the Earth. Learning about the huge impact of everything I ever consume, I would like to keep using what I have until I absolutely have to replace it. Both because I'm an environmental conscience, and because I'm a "broke university student". For this to happen, THE STUFF HAS TO NOT BREAK CONSTANTLY. Having stuff that doesn't break is not only better for the planet but also better for the wallet. The problem with consumption cannot solely be blamed on the individuals. It is a system problem!!! We need to 1) Make stuff actually last. and 2) Untie the relationship between consumption and our values Ultimately, stuff is just stuff. It should not determine your worth and the planet's future.
Sep 13, 2022
In Member Introductions
Hello! I am Meagan. As an aspiring environmental scientist, I am very excited about this opportunity to make real-world, systematic changes toward sustainability. Climate/ eco-anxiety is a problem a lot of youth folks are struggling with, and I am thrilled to have this platform and community to help conquer it. Follow #UnleashValues to join me and my ENVR 430 classmates in discussing different #sustainability issues and coming up with potential solutions for a more sustainable future.