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Caite Clark

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What gives you hope?

This year in my Environmental and Resource Management class, we looked at a lot of global issues-both socially and environmentally-that are making big impacts in our lives. (peak oil, climate change, deforestation-anything along those lines) My teacher thought that it would be a good a idea to end the semester on a positive and productive note, looking at the things humanity is doing to improve global well- being. We researched different technologies and movements that are helping us move towards a brighter future. Outside our classroom, we received answers such as education, random acts of kindness, and active citizenship. So... in a time of such radical social and environmental change, what gives you hope for our future?

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    Jul 3 2013: This is a wonderful question!

    Things that give me hope:

    Children who are concerned about the state of the world.
    Cities investing in bike lanes and public recreational areas.
    Seeing neighbors, who have never recycled before, starting to put out recycling bins for weekly pickup.
    Schools adopting anti-bullying programs, especially those with positive reinforcement tactics (like acts of kindness awards)

    Also, I recently spoke with one of my former middle school teachers. She told me about a booth she worked at a garden event in her small town where she spent the day educating visitors on monarch butterflies and giving away milkweed.

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