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Scholar Highlight for Week Ending October 25, 2014

April 30, 2015

Cheryl Triplett

This final week before beginning my Independent Research Project (ISP) we have our Social Change Workshop, Research Methods and Ethics (RME) final and Sustainability and Environmental Action Seminar (SEAS) final exam. Coming to the end of the semester we are presented with a lot of information, practical tools about what needs to change, and information about the state of the world including challenges to bringing change that I was not aware of before. During the past couple of months I have listened to many talks about the environment and the actions that need to be taken, and after every talk a smaller crowd gathered to talk, ask questions, and exchange business cards. The people offering their cards were working on the most salient issues of our day: climate change, poverty, deforestation, peace, water, hunger, conservation, human rights, and more. They were from the nonprofit and nongovernmental world, also known as civil society. They looked after rivers and bays, educated consumers about sustainable agriculture, retrofitted houses with solar panels, lobbied state legislatures about pollution, fought against corporate-weighted trade policies, worked to green inner cities, or taught children about the environment. Quite simply, they were trying to safeguard nature and ensure justice. I now believe there are many, maybe in the millions of organizations working toward ecological sustainability and social justice.

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