Today, I counted the number of days I've been at Bard, and realised it has been three weeks and two days!! How time flies when you're having fun.
It has been a truly exhilarating and mentally challenging three weeks plus. I am beginning to think like a biochemist, an economist, a statistician and a lawyer (almost). Seriously though, these past weeks have really exposed me to the scientific, economic and policy implications of issues like global warming, the use of pesticides, nuclear and other human-generated waste disposal, green house gases and by-products of energy waste disposal.
At the root of all this information are the various questions we need to address as future policy-makers. The most pertinent to my mind, would be (and I'm really focusing on US environmental policy, and perhaps thinking also about the differences in approach between developed and developing economies ) - why are current policies not working and how do we change that? I also think about what this means for Africa, particularly since a majority of African coutries are yet to address problems related to environmental degradation.
This and other pertinent questions are not easily answered, due to the fact that environmental policy has economic implications, which can lead to a landslide of negative effects. At the same time, there are also implications that have the potential for severe environmental degradation.
How do we find the balance as policy-makers between science/technology, economics, legislation/policy and environmentalism?