I’m a little apprehensive taking colloquium this semester. I’ve never been a person who really felt at one with nature or anything like that. Give me a couch, a cold beer, and a football game and I’m a happy camper. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t litter and in general I’m considerate about what I do but I don’t go out of my way to “go green” and such. However, I think it’ll be a great opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and learn things that really matter on a global scale. I’m not entirely sure what to expect from this course, but I imagine it’s going to focus on sustainability and ways that we can ensure the planet’s future. In the wake of unprecedented human development and growth this is more important than ever. I believe this is a mandatory course for all FGCU students because of our local ecosystems. We live in and around some very unique ecosystems, from the everglades to the cypress islands to estuaries that are in the most literal sense irreplaceable and it’s important to understand the interactions that make them unique and the challenges they face. In addition, this is a region of the country with a lot of growth and development which puts those ecosystems in jeopardy. By educating all FGCU students about sustainability we make it less likely that these ecosystems are irreversibly changed or destroyed.
The photo comes from this Miami New Times article.