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.
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