Sustainability 501

I enjoyed this course because it involved practical applications for the general concepts that I had been learning in regard to sustainability. I found the field trips to be the most impactful, more specifically the “Tides to Storms” activity. This focus on coastal resilience affected me for several reasons. Since I am a marine biology major, I have spent a great deal of time studying the oceans and how they have been impacted. However, little subject matter concentrated on the detrimental effects that humans are bringing to themselves through storm surge and flooding, as sea level rises. We discussed several of these pressing problems as we drove by houses being constructed less than 300 feet from the ocean in Southern New Hampshire. Additionally, in cases such as Seabrook Beach, the natural protection of sand dunes was cleared in some areas for a better view of the water. This is visible on the rightmost part of the photo. The magnitude of obliviousness was alarming, and it brought up many questions on various levels. It was apparent that this would continue to be a pressing issue that would only expand in the future. I would begin to see it in my hometown of Seal Beach, and in the counties surrounding it. I would witness the loss of beloved homes, nearby beaches and everything in between. Although, I am grateful to have the knowledge. I hope to utilize it in the most widespread way possible. Or, at the very least, counsel others individually and make my own informed decisions on preparing for the unresolved time ahead.

Seabrook Beach