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The Human Side of Sustainability

By now, many people have heard what has happened to the canals in Venice in wake of the COVID-19 quarantine. The waters have become clear from lack of pollution and people, and according to many online sources, wildlife such as swans and even dolphins. Smaller stories, of animals such as monkeys, horses, and elephants wanderingContinue reading “The Human Side of Sustainability”

Social Distancing, Not Nature Distancing

Connecting with nature in wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Saad Omer, a professor of infectious diseases at Yale School of Medicine, has encouraged people to continue exercising outside in wake of the coronavirus outbreak. He states: “Social distancing doesn’t mean nature distancing. Go out, as long as you have distance,” in a March 18Continue reading “Social Distancing, Not Nature Distancing”

Coronavirus: A few things that stifled America

On March 4th, 2020, psychology and political scientist Philip E. Tetlock retweeted a concise but powerful contrast of two predominant perspectives on the coronavirus pandemic: “base-rate” thinking and “growth” thinking. Base-rate thinking is more experiential; it assesses a situation based on historical outcomes. Thinkers relying on this perspective predominantly assumed the coronavirus as not muchContinue reading “Coronavirus: A few things that stifled America”

My Valentine? The Earth.

Do you like Mother Earth? What about… Like, like? Hello Sustainability Blog! My name is Paulina Hruskoci, I just recently came on board as an Eco Rep here at the UTD Office of Sustainability. I am super passionate about the impact human life has on the environment, involving issues such as urban development, waste management,Continue reading “My Valentine? The Earth.”

Why Consumer Viewpoints & Perceived Value Matters

So, you like the environment? So, you care for sustainability? You care for turtles & trees, turning the lights off when they’re not in use, stopping climate change and the dearth of biodiversity loss that epitomizes the ongoing sixth mass extinction? So what? Why should I care? That’s the big question… “Why should I care?”Continue reading “Why Consumer Viewpoints & Perceived Value Matters”