By Audrey Brinkers, Campus Garden Initiative Coordination
The advancement of mankind was rooted in connections. Connections between villages allowed for trade; connections between people allowed for relationship; connections with the land allowed for agriculture. Connections across the globe via planes, trains, and automobiles allowed for industrialization, and connections among great minds allowed for alarming technologies in every field imaginable.
The downfall of our dear earth might also be rooted in connections. Connections across states brings roadways, degradation, and pollution; connections among politicians brings negative bills and laws; connections between large corporations brings harm to the economy and the environment.
But sustainability also stems from this idea of connecting between people, ideas, passions, and knowledge. We share ideas, accomplishments, and goals for the future. We can connect globally for the one thing we all share and want to ultimately protect, and we can use these connections for advancements in sustainability, for accountability, and for improvement.
Connections for the sake of sustainability are already being made–for example, phenology (the study of periodic life events in nature) gardens are popping up all over the country and the world, allowing researchers to compare the ways in which climate change is altering varying ecosystems (see above). A new “open-source, online hive” has been established so that interested individuals can help track bee populations in hopes of reversing colony collapse. And, highly pertinent to our lovely office, folks on college campuses everywhere are talking about how we might get students interested in and motivated about sustainability.