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Spring 6-1-2021


During my first year seminar, the class discussed some of the greatest issues humanity faces today and how we may have a part in a movement towards change. Much of what we discussed made connections between the treatment of the earth and current ethical dilemmas. Divisions among groups, shortcoming awareness of the importance of systematic change, destructive use of human and natural resources have allowed for the continued deprivation of the resources that the earth intends all living things to have access to. Issues arise when individuals and businesses diverge from their moral principles, or simply lack them, and view interactions with the biosphere and humanspere with an individualistic approach rather than one that supports a collective many. A mutual understanding of each other and the way in which all life is connected is important for the prospect of global scale change, when necessary. This matter is acutely relevant in today’s discussion of the current environmental crisis. As members of the Earth's population, it is imperative that all divisions work together as a united front against the rising issues of climate change, loss of biodiversity, depletion of resources, and failing ecosystems. In humanities' more recent history, individuals have become progressively conscious of their actions during the present while regarding the future. This ideology is embodied by the complex concept of sustainability. Sustainability promotes the preservation of our ecosystem, solutions to economic imbalances, and justice within societal equity. For my final essay, I decided to describe my journey in studying and embracing sustainability by writing an encouraging letter to a fellow student here at DePauw. Rather than describing sustainability much like other essays in the class, I discussed how I got to a position in which I could make a difference in the environmental movement and other others may be able to do so as well. The movement towards sustainability action requires involvement from a large and diverse population. Directly addressing the reader, I hoped to connect on a level that is impactful. I hoped to motivate them to use their strengths as a changemaker and pass the message along.


Winner of the 2021 Prindle Prize for Ethics for a First-Year Seminar



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