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    Women in International Development class after reading about Wangari Mathai’s life and how science was utilized as a means for empowering the poor and women as a result changing an entire country’s government. With encouragement from my professor and inspiration from Mathai, I decided to further explore an interdisciplinary education, leading me to my chosen field: environmental studies. Becoming a scientific diver changed my educational direction. The ocean took my breath away with its wide variety of life and showed me the many dimensions of the underwater world which created a special interest in me for the marine and coastal environmental fields. After spending…

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    On Saturday April 25, at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center (LBVESC) we, all the students from government class, had to go and help clean up the trail for Paso del Indio. We had three different groups some were helping with the plants and cutting the grass, for myself I had a spading fork and we would have to pick up remains from trees or other plants and place them on a wheelbarrow, then another group would come and take it form a trail for the visitors. Besides all the…

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    Today in the year 2015 there are alarming factors impacting the Earth. In the study of environmental science, defined as “the study of how the natural world works, and how our environment affects us, and how we affect our environment (Withgott, 2012)”, takes a deeper look in how we can improve our world by changing our ways of living. Environmental issues such as depleting natural recourses, harming ecosystems, using fossil fuels and population growth are major contributing factors in harming…

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    Earth and Environmental Science – Field Report • Statement of purpose: A study was carried out in Orphan School Creek to see how human impacts/activities have affected the area. Orphan School Creek may be a local area but that does not mean it is kept clean and in good shape as many biotic and abiotic features of the environment have been affected by humans. • A clear and detailed definition of the area studied: A number of abiotic features of Orphan School Creek include: - Creek Water -…

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    The warmer weather has caused all flower populations to decline. Relevance to Environmental Science Environmental science studies human interactions with the environment. One of the most prominent effects of human interaction is climate change, which affects all other living organisms on earth. This article is an example of the effects of climate change on bees. As the bees’ tongues shrink, all the bees will only be able to collect nectar from a smaller selection of flowers. It shows how the…

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    There has also been growth as a profession as over the years there has been the establishment of several professional organizations for Environmentalists. The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is one of the oldest professional organizations as it was founded in 1948. AGI provides information services to geoscientists as well as it serves as a voice of shared interest in the profession of Environmentalists (americangeosciences.org). Another professional organization for environmentalist is the…

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    Environmental Education & Sustainability in Schools Many school districts are debating whether or not to include some form of environmental education in their curriculum. Environmental education not only benefits student health and knowledge, but encourages them to develop into citizens who are prepared to make a positive impact in local and global communities. According to the United Stated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Environmental education is a process that allows individuals…

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    The beliefs that I have analyzed and taken into account for myself has forced me to finally choose a side on my environmental worldview. Thru the semester I have been struggling to pick a side between biocentric and anthropocentric. I agree with the biocentric worldview because I believe that nature does not simply exist to be consumed by humans, but I disagree that humans are simply one species amongst many. While, I agree with the aspect of the anthropocentric view in which humans were higher…

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    What does it mean to you to be environmentally literate? To become environmentally literate a person must “Climb the Environmental Literacy Ladder” (What is Environmental Literacy, 2007). First s/he must be connected to nature; not just knowing about it, but also putting themselves in nature and being aware that they are a part of it. Once that connection is made one becomes more aware of all the aspects that are interconnected throughout the environment locally and globally. The more time…

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    Throughout John Dryzek’s book, he explains discourse in terms of environmental science and its connection to policies, society, and the economy. He defines discourse as “a shared way of apprehending the world” and adds that discourses contain “representations and systems of meaning” (9). To understand a discourse means that you are able to build a story about a particular issue by drawing the pieces of information available. Environmental discourse is then the conversation or debate on the…

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