Growing up in a nice, suburban neighborhood, I had little interest in environmental issues. I enjoyed and appreciated nature, but I often took it for granted and didn’t realize the impact that I could have on the planet with each choice that I made. For instance, throwing away a piece of trash instead of recycling it or taking separate cars to my destination instead of carpooling were decisions that I rarely thought twice about. However, as I grew up and began to take college courses that taught me more about the importance of sustainability – from economic, social, environmental, and moral standpoints – and the impact that these choices had on our society, future, and health, I began to give the environment much more consideration.
As this interest continued to grow, I decided to travel to Australia for a summer to study environmental science. The course I took while abroad focused on the holistic perspective of sustainability, or the Triple Bottom Line. I learned that we must also consider social and economic factors when making decisions that affect the environment because each decision we make affects all of these areas rather than just a single one. I have since brought this knowledge to my studies of climate change because the carbon emissions generated through industrial use and agriculture are critical to the economies of many developing and developed countries, and climate can affect the social and cultural status of many communities. I have also gained an interest in science communications through my background in journalism and writing. As an environmental science and media studies double major, I recognize the importance of communicating the issue of climate change to the public clearly and effectively and through multimedia outlets.
A few summers ago, I had the opportunity to intern at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where I studied environmental health. During my time at the CDC, I learned more about how factors such as air and water pollution from carbon emissions, pesticides in food and access to food security, emergency preparedness during natural disasters, and the built environment can affect our well-being. Many of these factors tie into climate change; for example, fossil fuels and air pollution tie into the greenhouse gas effect, changing climate conditions threaten our access to food security and proper nutrition, and altering weather patterns can increase the frequency and location of natural disasters. With all of these effects in mind, I have grown more aware of we truly live in the Anthropocene. Humans directly affect the environment, and the environment, in turn, can have major health effects on humans. For these reasons, I believe it is critical that we are aware of this interconnectedness and recognize our responsibility to limit our impact on climate, as well as the rest of the environment.
This site is an archive of the work that I have completed as part of my ENVS 326 course at Emory University during the fall semester of 2017. The class examines the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). I am excited to share more information about climate change with you through this website. I hope that my interests and experiences will allow me to offer a diverse perspective on the issue. No matter what your background or interest of environmental science is, I aim to show you my unique point of view so that you can develop your own opinion. Climate change is a topic that I am very passionate about, and I believe that I can share this interest with many others!
Read more about my ENVS 326 course here.