By Rachel Bartron and Nicole Lewis
It's been a few months since Wyoming Seminary officially launched the Climate Science and Sustainability Academic Concentration program, and the months have been busy. In late August, we invited returning students to an informational session, and, if they were interested, to apply to be part of the program. Thirteen applications were submitted, and we have just finished meeting with all of these students.
The students are excited to blend their previous studies with emerging interests, which has made our conversations incredibly interesting. The individualized approach has meant that each meeting was different, but we have been pleased to find similarities with their thought processes. Each student was deeply committed to understanding more about the current state of our environment but also committed to investigating potential solutions.
Take, for example, Caroline '21, an award-winning artist; Caroline seeks to use her talent and passion to visually represent the long-range impacts of climate change through her artwork. Ben '22 is interested in exploring the environmental and economic impacts of consumerism and how governmental policies can and should make an impact. Rhianna '22 is exploring the intersection of agriculture, land use, weather patterns, and how these can increase food insecurity, disproportionately impacting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People Of Color) as well as low-income populations. There are many more great ideas generated by the first cohort of engaged students and thoughtful global citizens; we couldn't be more proud of the work they have begun!
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