As a part of my day job, I started teaching a class called, ‘Environmental Health’. The basis of the class is that it is a health class. Like all classes in our department, it is about changing your personal behaviors and improving your health. More specifically, it’s about changing your behaviors to improve the environment we live in.
After teaching it the first time, I struggled with the fact that the students weren’t as passionate about the environment as I am and I also recognized many behaviors that I should change, but I conceded don’t have the motivation right now.
The real problem that I face is that I recognize that our environment is something to be cared for so that it can care for us, but I also recognize that I’m not doing enough to make the impact that needs to be made. Now that I’ve taught this class, I recognize that we make far more effort than most people, and we are more willing to change than most people. I want to make a difference, but I’m frankly scared of what the future hold for my kids and I know that my efforts won’t make enough of a difference.
Teaching me that class put me in a pretty pessimistic place. I don’t know if it is a solution, but I decided I should start writing more. I’m going to write about the efforts that we are making and how they are going. This also may help me organize my thoughts for the next time I teach my class.