There are two separate majors that can prepare you for environmentally-oriented careers: environmental science and environmental studies. In the midst of all of the other confusion you are bound to feel as you try to determine what to do with your life, this is an unwelcome addition. Let’s sort it out.
When a drunk driving accident happens we have no problem implicating alcohol, even though there are countless other elements of the situation that may have contributed. We all agree though that drunkenness enhances the likelihood of the event. So we punish drunk drivers.
The climate change ‘debate’ is still focused on the claim that individual weather events can’t be linked to human activites, which, as it turns out, is false. Scientists are making great progress in understanding the connection. What follows from this is that eventually it may lead to accountability; industries being held to blame for death and loss of property. No wonder there is a ‘war on science.’
Read how scientists are building a body of evidence to attribute individual weather events to climate change here.
“Why is everyone wearing glasses?”
I’m standing with my six-year-old daughter outside of the entrance to the Science Night hosted by her elementary school. Families of children at the school were invited to delve into the world of discovery at an array of demo and workstations and of course to eat greasy pizza and have sugary drinks. (I swear, my kids learned all their bad eating habits at school…). Students were told in advance that there would be some sort of door prize if they showed up looking like a scientist.
Today, early term online environmental science courses at Mt San Jacinto College are coming to an end. As a bit of parting inspiration, check out this beautiful film about one of the most important, adventurous and groundbreaking scientists of our time, Sylvia Earle.