Apr 23 2011
Over the past few months I was able to gain a better understanding of the widespread environmental problems our world is facing. The world is not ever going to get any bigger and with a growing population of over seven billion people and counting, there is reason to believe that maybe it is time to stop acting in our own self interests and begin to cooperate in order to continue living on this spinning ball in space. I was not very surprised to learn that most of the problems we are facing today are the result of years of careless regard towards the planet.
Easter Island is useful in explaining how growth without respect to sustainability can lead to the collapse of a society. Our whole planet is essentially an Easter Island in the solar system and if we don’t start to act in a sustainable manner, we may be a casualty to the next mass extinction, only this time it will be brought about by us rather than a big bang.
I came across this class after I took interest in the sustainability minor. I am a business major but I believe in order to find success in this changing environment, substantial knowledge about sustainability is a must have. I am very fortunate to have taken this course and from it i will take a significantly better understanding of the consequences of our actions in regards to the environment of our local region as well as the whole planet. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “every generation needs a revolution,” and our revolution can be the one that will redirect the destructive course our planet is on and turn it towards sustainability and future prosperity.