Being a person who loves math, I was a little caught off guard when I first entered this course. I thought that I would have a semester filled with problem solving questions and algebraic equations. When I realized that I would be learning about all aspects of sustainability, I was excited to broaden my knowledge. In this course, I found that sustainability is reflected in all aspects of life; it is all around us. I never really realized how many environmental things to pay attention to that affects not only us as humans, but our Earth. It was eye opening to see the decline of the health of our Earth, due to human activity and human enrollment.
I wrote in my last piece about the over excessive amount of water that we as a society use. I read up, and wanted to get a better knowledge and understanding of this issue, because I felt like if I made certain changes in my everyday life, I could actually help with the problem. It just felt reasonable. I was more concerned with this topic after I saw how much waste that I alone was producing. Although we think its water, it really is a much bigger problem than we think. Water, a vital resource for the survival of the population, is wasted so much, that we seem to forget that water is recycled. The same amount that was on the planet years ago, is the same amount today. So when I take hour long showers, or run the water when I’m brushing my teeth, or even when I put in a few clothes (not enough for a full load) in the washing machine, I am taking away water that can be used for something or someone who needs it more. Even that alone is so small to think about. Since writing on that topic, and wanting to actually make a real change and broaden my knowledge on the water issue, I took the time to read more. I read articles about how to save water, how to cut back on using excessive amounts, how it hurts the Earth, and so much more. An article, posted on forbes.com opened up my eyes more when it stated that there are anthropocentric, biocentric, and ecocentric reasons too why water wasting is bad. I was just thinking about my life and how it could possibly harm me, but I failed to realize how the over consumption of water could hurt our wild life and our marine life as well.
Often times, especially in math classes, we ask ourselves, “What will this teach me in the real world?” or “What does that have to do with my life?” Now, after taking this course, I can finally answer that question. This course not only has opened my eyes to the things that need attention, but it has also made me more aware. More aware in the sense that now I actually pay attention to how much water I am using, or making sure I turn off the lights when I leave the room. Even though those two things are so minute compared to other things, the fact that this class has made me more aware is a plus for me. I enjoy taking classes that are not just about learning material, and then memorizing and taking the exam. I enjoyed Math 33 because it actually contributed and motivated me to be more concerned and more aware of these real life issues.