I have never been one of those students that constantly ask “Why am I learning this?” so when I read “The Purpose of a Liberal Arts Education,” I felt pretty solid. I felt like these were things I already knew and experienced. However, I never expected Environmental Studies to be the only class to push me to think on a deeper lever, the only class that has truly made me appreciate a liberal arts education. I realized that everything stated in Harris’s article was true. Because of this liberal arts course, my opinions have grown. I can apply what I have learned into the way I live my life. It helps me to see the bigger picture and combine everything I have learned together. It has grown my wisdom, not only about the environment, but about God and faith. I have been given opportunities to share what I have learned with others and have educated conversations. I have developed an appreciation for the world and the environments in which we live.
As we learn more, our opinions are able to grow and develop. It is important for us to take into account everything we learn, put it together, and choose what we believe. This semester, we have looked deeply into several subjects so far in order to understand them better and gain knowledge before developing opinions. The following topics interested me and caught my attention: climate change, the agricultural revolution, evolution, and the exponential population growth.
In the video, “Journey to Planet Earth,” they discuss the heat waves occurring on our planet as well as the melting ice glaciers. Our world is continuing to get warmer every year. Climate change is an issue that is negatively affecting the animals and plants trying to survive on this earth. Rivers are drying up. Fresh water is getting harder to come by. The things we think are helping us and making farming easier are polluting the water we need to drink and the atmosphere. This makes the earth’s climate continue to change and hurt many different species. Greenhouses are a much better alternative for growing plants considering they are drought resistant and use far fewer chemicals. This protects the people consuming these plants, but also helps the environment by keeping the water clean and keeping dangerous chemicals out of the environment. Another way we could help the climate change issue is through conserving energy. The climate change is so obvious to us all, yet so many people are not willing to address the problem and do something about it. We should be taking the simple steps to keep the environment from getting worse.
Throughout the first half of the semester, I have been able to apply what I have learned into my everyday life. Our instincts are screaming for us to live for the day. Our society is telling us to live while we are young and we only live once. I have been able to realize that there is so much more. I should not be living for today, but living for the future. We should all put our wants to the side and think about how...