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Fast Fashion (Danielle Cornes)

I teach an introductory environmental science class, in which I ask students to report on an environmental issue of their choice.  The last class, when they present their findings, is always my favourite.  It never fails: they always impress me, whether by the depth of their understanding and research, or their ability to connect dots in unexpected ways.

I was again not disappointed, but there was a particular trend this year: many students approached their topic in very creative, artistic ways.

The picture above is from Danielle.  It’s a piece to accompany her paper, on fast fashion and its environmental impacts.  It took me a moment – then, of course! Fast fashion is just like fast food!  Brilliant!

In a completely differently but also creative approach, Jason chose to do a video about his topic: poop, the unappreciated resource.  But instead of dry tables and statistics, Jason chose to do a rant, Rick Mercer style.  When you watch it – do watch it, it’s funny – remember that this is from a student who had never put together a video before.  Impressive.

James produced a blog on the global water crisis.  His post entries are standard expository, except for the last post, which is a poem:

A second chance

With every waking day we are given a choice.

To continue with business as usual,

The rest of the poem can be found here.

Several other students also produced a blog.  They may not have such a clear artistic focus, but they are nonetheless very well put together and visually appealing.  Pawandeep blogged about the restoration of Guichon Creek in Burnaby.  Sacha blogged about the safety and environmental impact of cosmetics, while Chay tackled the waste produced by feminine hygiene products, and ways to reduce it.

I’ll finish with another video, produced by Piper.  She is clearly at home with video producing technology and software (this wasn’t her first).  It’s on animal agriculture.

There was a third video, which unfortunately I cannot embed here.  Emily’s video has no words, just a soundtrack, but just as eloquent for that: there is footage of litter in natural environments, followed by a tour of the Maple Ridge recycling centre, and finally of one of the zero-waste shops of Vancouver.

I always feel upbeat after that class (though I will miss these students).  Upbeat, and optimistic.  If the dedication, awareness, and creativity of these students are anything to go by, our future is in good hands. We just need to nurture this talent.

Written by enviropaul

November 30, 2018 at 2:49 pm