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Environmental Science and Policy
I have always attributed my awareness of and interest in the environment to my immediate exposure to nature through outdoor activities. This awareness is essential to the future of humanity and we must be consciously working to live more lightly on our planet. So how can an awareness of the environment be cultivated, especially right here on Smith College Campus? To answer this question I turned back to my own experience and hypothesized that a quality outing program would provide an excellent source of environmental awareness through exposure to the local outdoors. To test my idea I looked in the archives to find out what programs Smith has offered in the past. I looked to current thought and study to find out how people are thinking about the environment in modern America. I did a poll of my peers to find out what they think about the environment and outdoor programming. And I considered the studies of other scholars who have contemplated similar issues. All of this research culminated in a clear need for student-led outdoor programs at Smith, so I concluded my report by beginning to develop the program I think Smith College needs to raise student awareness of and interest in the environment.
© 2006; Kathryn Constantine
Constantine, Kathryn, "Raising Environmental Awareness Through College Outdoor Programming" (2006). Capstone, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
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