Hi, I’m Sean McCarthy and I want to talk
to you about Cornell’s environmental community. From its 30-plus student
environmental organizations, to its experimental courses on coastal resource
management or negative emission technologies, to its events hosted by the
Cornell Atkinson Center, Cornell has an active and evolving environmental
community. As a student who nerds out on who does what, when and where, I find
this community to be extremely helpful in telling me and giving me the scope about
what’s going on. From things like local hydropower projects in southern China, to
international level negotiations that happen at COP. The people who hold the
answers and have ideas, who are supportive of me asking questions, are
only a classroom or an email away. From professors and other students doing
research, I find it extremely easy to talk with them, because they’re always
open to sharing what they’re exploring – from things like how effective
environmental governance is in India, to things like flood risk management in
Louisiana. And furthermore these people can be from a range of disciplines from
things like engineering or economics majors, to professors that teach policy
analysis, or sociology. As a student, I find this extremely refreshing, because
it sets a standard for how I want to conduct myself, and it also lets me
continuously think critically about the impacts of my own actions. And I think
that’s the core of Cornell’s environmental community, to be with
people who are alert. To be with a community that is pushing ever upwards
and that grants its members the support they need when they need it most.