Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Missing in Action

I have been pretty consumed by life lately. Between trying to find D a place to live, trying to find a job for me, and becoming a student I have been kind of busy. I also realized that I had a lot of free time at work to spend on the computer while at work, and now that time doesn't exist as much, so my presence on the inter-web is a little less than before.

But anyway, starting my degree in the area of planning has really made me think more closely about what it is I want to do in the field. I was initially drawn to the field because I feel really passionate about environmentalism and sustainable planning, and I still feel those things. At the same time I realize that the socioeconomic side of planning addresses the basic needs of people, and usually they are the same people who need to just survive rather than try to be Eco-conscious. I have thought a lot about whether or not being Eco-conscious is something for the privileged, mainly because when you are just trying to get by, you are not usually thinking about the long-term effects of your actions on the planet.

I guess I would like to try to figure out an answer between the two things. How can environmentalism be something that is made accessible and important to all classes? How can environmental justice issues in places like Wilmington- where there are oil refineries in people's back yard-be addressed?

It's a lot to think about and at this point I can honestly say I have no clue which direction I will move in, but it's exciting and daunting at the same time.


Valerie Geary said...

I think you're on the right track with finding a way for people to be "green" even if they aren't rich. It's important for everyone to be concerned about the environment and the future of our planet, not just people who can afford it. I'm proud of you! Save the polar bears!

Anonymous said...


This is a very, very nuanced position to take. I think you're on to something.


JARILYN said...

this makes me very excited. seriously. i am so proooooooooud of you mom. regardless of what you end up doing. very proud. :)
also - i dont think i've given you my blog yet - wooo hooo!