Sep 23, 2022
I envision a world where Indigenous voices are heard and their perspectives are considered before the implementation of ecology-related policies. It is unfair that marginalized groups, such as the communities in Nova Scotia mentioned in "There's Something in the Water", are not being heard, especially because they are the ones being impacted the most! Not only in regard to pollution in areas where they live, like for Nova Scotia residents but also in regard to how it impacts their way of life, like for coastal communities in British Columbia. For instance, many coastal communities rely on species for food-related and ceremony-related purposes. It is important to make informed decisions, which can only be done by considering all of these perspectives. Moreover, I believe that there should be more emphasis placed on Indigenous knowledge - it undeniable holds great value but it is often overlooked. One form of action that can help with this is to pass a new law that mandates consultation with groups that are impacted by ecological decisions. Another way to step in, which is more relevant for those who are involved in ecological science, is to amplify their voices through research. #UnleashValues
Sep 16, 2022
I believe that everyone has a responsibility to be mindful of their consumption, but I also understand that some people may lack the knowledge to understand how large of an impact consumption is having. This may be due to a lack of education or it may be due to a lack of exposure to things like how stuff gets made and where it goes when you throw it out. Because of this, some people hesitate to buy new things and opt to repair them because they feel this responsibility, but there are also people on the other end of the spectrum who purchase frequently and are simply unaware of the impact of this. I envision a world where everyone is aware of the impacts their consumption is having on the environment. With this, lower consumption would become more normal. To address this, I think a great place to start is to talk to people I know about the impacts of consumption and ask them if they are aware of how it can contribute to the climate crisis. Moreover, I would like to initiate more conversations about how to feel happy without high consumption rates. Getting more people to value quality time rather than high-priced items is another way to move towards a better future. I think that much of the work in this area needs to be done in the younger generations. I think many can agree that grandparents and older individuals tend to consume less as they grew up in a world where repairing and resourcefulness was more common (and also perhaps a lot less planned obsolescence). However, in this day and age with social media, consumption has skyrocketed. Therefore, I would like to focus these conversations so that they are targeting those who contribute most to this. Personally, I also want to take action by using things for longer (rather than throwing them out) and encouraging others to do so as well. #UnleashValues
Sep 14, 2022
In Member Introductions
Hello everyone! My name is Navkiran and I am a third-year biology student. I am excited to be a part of ENVR 430 this semester. Particularly, I am looking forward to broadening my understanding of sustainability and hopefully learning about how I can help take part in producing meaningful change. I am also looking forward to seeing how #UnleashValues can help me, along with my classmates, facilitate important discussions about key sustainability issues while also spreading the word and inspiring others to tackle these issues as well.