Wednesday, August 22, 2007

From Live Earth to Environmentalism

Attending the Live Earth concert certainly didn't prepare me for the terminology I am constantly being bombarded with in the environmental policy programme. I will confess that during that long trip from Johannesburg thru Dakar to Dulles airport in Washington, I had some doubts as to the viability of this journey and the programme.

I am very glad to have had the opportunity to be part of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (BCEP) programme. Apparently, it is quite a competitive programme. There are fourteen of us, five international students and seven local students. The international students come from around the world - China (1), Ukraine (1), United Kingdom (1), Cameroon (1) and Nigeria (1). Only myself and the Ukrainian are females among the international students.

Our class is peopled with individuals mostly with environmentalism backgrounds, with at least three of us from arts, public relations/advertising backgrounds. 'Environmentalism' is the latest terminology for the practice of managing the environment. You'll see the word a lot in my blog posts over these nine months.

A portion of the American public is absolutely fascinated with this word 'environmentalism', and currently there is a hue and cry over the depletion of natural resources through bad practices. Such practices refer to global warming, poor waste disposal management, greenhouse and gas emissions (a combination of agricultural and gaseous emissions) and nuclear waste. No one seems to be paying much attention to the dire warnings of environmentalists/environmental groups.

The BCEP programme's main objective therefore, is to produce future policy-makers who are sensitised to the 'burning' environmental issues of our times, and equipped to make a difference (hopefully). The course work ranges from economics to politics and legislation.

It promises to open up (for me personally) new ways of looking at the environment, particularly in relation to cultural heritage management and tourism.

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