I'm not sure how to go about writing a blog. I've never really written much about myself. However, I do enjoy writing about interesting things I find out about. For example, Today, I learned more about the Dust Bowl—a series of devastating dust storms—through the novel, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I believe it mirrors the idea that human actions significantly affect the natural systems on Earth. Although the Dust Bowl is categorized as a natural and anthropogenic disaster, it was primarily kindled through poor agricultural practice. Specifically over-plowing and too much topsoil exposure to the sun.
In my Environmental class, we learned about these poor agricultural practices and had many debates. In one of the said debates, my classmate argued that some people do not care to address climate change because they do not experience its consequence. Which I agreed to. However, I never really managed my poor practices contributing to climate change. I participate in a couple of sustainable aspects like limiting food waste, recycling, and reusing. I just never really experienced the great consequence of climate change. However, the book specifically stood out to me because of its message. In the end, Rose of Sharon—the protagonist's sister—gives birth to a stillborn baby. Uncle John—the protagonist's uncle— offers to bury the baby. Instead, he places the body in an apple box to "go down an' tell' em...[to]...rot an' tell em that way" (448). He chooses to allow the baby to decompose. Thus exposing the reality of their sufferage to the unenlightened (many people in the U.S. did not know what was happening in America's prairie parts). I stuck with that ending because it reminded me of my classmate's argument and cemented my belief that people's opposition to believing in climate change may partly be because they have not experienced its effects. Thus, I am glad to be a part of a program that highlights various aspects of STEM and the arts. Hopefully, in the future, I can use something I gained from this program to make a lasting and beneficial impact on combating climate change.