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University of the People, environment and biology

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“Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal”.
– Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,available at: NASA website, see here.


Ethics are recurring arguments at Uopeople, in the sense that courses encourage us to act in a fair manner, whatever we do. Additionally, the very recent economic downturn arose some important issues about the correct ways to run businesses; at least, we ought to discuss some of the previous approaches in front of trade. Thus, it is no longer possible to separate the environmental emergency from economics and as a consequence, some courses are fundamental in the aim of developing an environmental awareness.

The “Introduction to biology” course is wide and 

covers a lot of topics, starting from human cells, PH, diseases, chemistry and environment. I just mentioned a few of them; therefore, the work load was huge and -like in the case of diseases- some arguments were extremely helpful to understand the human body. What is more, the teacher introduced a few attracting tools, in the aim of giving students the possibility to express their ideas by using images. Prezi and thinglink were the names of such instruments that made the course so engaging; teacher Kamala Dorsner enabled us to be part of this amazing experience.

Introduction to environmental sciences” is a modern course, that arises the students’ interest by using eminent sources, like the United States Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations Development Program and most of all, the NASA website with its astonishing images.

Ever since the beginning, it has been clear that our group of students was particularly involved in the topics we covered, since the peculiarity of the questions in the assignments was to address our attention to the elements around us. Waste, water, air, pollution, diversity of the species and urban sprawl were just a few; additionally, who may ignore drought and water scarcity? Who doesn’t know about floods or coastal erosion? The course enforced my conviction about the necessity to change most of the human behaviors (and mine), from domestic purposes to transports and particularly in the business ethics. I mean to say the moment has come to stop harming the future of humans, particularly those living in disadvantaged geographical areas; the earth is a whole and the expression: “junk in- junk out” also applies for long distances. Nobody is left outside this threat.

Please, try the interactive”Climate time machine”, at the NASA website, here.

More importantly, information triggers our alertness and we -as students in front of real problems- want to take action by using all the instruments we have at disposal. The interpretation of the individual understanding is pretty unique, since we live at “the edge of the world”, we have various cultures and our life styles are at odds. I realized I was “locked” in certain habits, but I didn’t know why, or I never asked myself that question; as an illustration of that, I will share with you my experience in home made detergents, after studying the basics of chemistry (particularly, about soap). My home detergent “recipe” is available in another article on my blog, here.

The “locked-in” issue also convinced me about the possibilities arising thanks to our changes, so that humans can still take part to vital decisions. Again, thanks to teacher Zaman Sajid, from the “Introduction to environmental sciences course”, who taught us to appreciate the beauty of earth‘s perfection.

Background music: “November rain”, by Guns N’Roses.

Sources:

Climate change: How do we know? (n.d.). Retrieved October 23rd, 2015, from http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

University of the People. http://uopeople.edu/ 

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