Thursday, February 5, 2015

Making the world a better place

One way or another, all of us have heard the words climate change, peak oil or renewable resources float around in conversation when people talk about our Earth's future and our future as human beings on this planet. Although these words, among many others, are prevalent throughout our vocabulary, does that really mean we have any attachment to them if they aren't part of our everyday lives? In most cases, the answer is not really. Most people take on their role as a good citizen and recycle, compost or shut off lights when they don't need to be on. However, for the most part people just continue on with their lives, routines and stick within their comfortable disciplines in order to fulfill their own dreams and aspirations throughout their journey in life. The problem that arises here is that in order to tackle these complex environmental issues, people of different disciplines need to break down the barrios of segregation and come together to creatively and innovatively solve the future we face.

Brenda Bowen the Associate Director of Global Change and Sustainability Center at the University of Utah believes that for us to come up with a potent solution of how to solve the many complex environmental issues that our society faces, we need to instill and interdisciplinary approach in education. To be specific, college students with blossoming minds and awaiting futures. Creative solutions are the goal of breaking down the social norms of disciplines that allow people to stay within their comfortable realm and keep their sacred perspective clean of other disciplines. Building a common ground or "common language" for students from different disciplines to talk creatively about the many complicated environmental affairs that our world is faced with allows for new perspectives to grow and ideas to flourish. By allowing these environmental issues to soak through the many colors of discipline throughout the college and university level creates not only awareness but hopefully, positive and innovative solutions that would not have necessarily been solved by a person of one sole discipline. Incorporating an interdisciplinary approach, we are able to put forth solutions that have been birthed by the ideas of educated individuals who all come from different disciplines, yet are like minded and have something new and different to bring to the table. As Brenda said in her essay Finding Interdisciplinary Common Ground for Sustainability,"rather than simply bringing researchers in different fields together, we need to cultivate a new kind of scientist who will be able to more easily bridge interdisciplinary divides". With that being said, why seclude disciplines and individuals on an issue that is crying for help from everyone? By branching out and gaining new perspectives and ideas, we will see our world come together for the positive future of all.

Bowen, Brenda. "Finding Interdisciplinary Common Ground for Sustainability." InTeGrate. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Feb. 2015. <>.

Farm. Permaculture Agriculture: The Transition to a Sustainable Future. Organic Lifestyle, n.d. Web. 5 Feb. 2015. <>.


  1. I CANNOT TAKE THE FONT MADNESS! TOO MANY COLORS!!! Ok, now that I got over that....and feel free to ignore me. Others may LOOOOVE all that...uh...fontness. Ok, this is filled with all of the passion of Lindsay, which I adore. And I like the texts at the core. But it might help to try to focus a bit more specifically. It's always nice to balance the big picture dreams with an example or two of how progress has been made or could be made. Try to be ultra-organized and mix in the grand ideas with concrete detail. But I just love to hear you write about this stuff, because it is totally clear that you have found your future. So excellent!

  2. I love your post! The concept of sustainability and also awareness for environmental sciences and the issues that plague our society regarding the well-being of the earth we inhabit are not only important for our lives, but also for future lives. I can relate the idea of a new type of scientists for environmental issues as something close to home. I work on an organic vegetable farm seasonally the owners of the establishment are so well versed in sustainability and ways to improve their community through local food and resources it's just wonderful. You know what's funny though? Neither of them went to school for environmental policy or sustainability, they were both English majors! They sure have found a way to connect the two disciplines and areas of study into a productive lifestyle.