Senior Environmental Science major, concentration in Natural Resource and Wildlife Conservation
Why are you interested in sustainability?
The diversity, interconnectedness, and inherent value of life on Earth has always interested and amazed me. Ecosystems thrive by utilization of waste through specialized niches, yet we seem to set ourselves apart from this system. Unfortunately, humans exceed the capacity of the environment to mitigate our wastes, so this is where sustainability comes into play. The triple bottom line of economic, social, and environmental sustainability incorporates human dimensions to the already intertwined natural mechanisms in hopes of creating more balanced interactions with the earth and each other. Sustainability is more than hype; it is a process to ensure a future worth having.
What is your best advice on how to live sustainably?
I hate to say it, but the little things just aren’t going to cut it in the long run. A fundamental shift in how we relate to the environment both personally and societally is needed. Large-scale changes in renewable energy, environmental-based policy, efficient waste management systems, and sustainable urban development will give us the most bang for our buck. Of course keep recycling and making environmentally conscious dietary choices, but get involved in the push for these big-picture solutions!