When I look around at the world today, I find it to be a pretty bleak picture. Entire species are dying out at unprecedented rates, viruses and disease are rampant even in the ‘civilized’ Western world, and politically the United States is proving to be a cesspool of corruption, negligence, and just plain idiocy. But more than all that, I see a generation of young people opening their eyes to this dystopian landscape and clamoring for change and improvement. The one obstacle is the question of how? In my opinion, the environment is the base of how our world runs. Environmental resources dictate economics, and economics dictates politics. Moreover, environmental stewardship can engender a sense of natural morality and and understanding of limits to how much Man can take from the environment without giving back. In my two years pursuing an Environmental Studies Bachelor’s degree, it has become plain to me that only by fixing our perspective and use of our environment, can real systematic change become enacted. It has inspired me towards a goal of environmental education and organization. I want to take what I know, and put it back into improving the rapidly degrading global environment through protection and environmental education of anybody who will listen, and hopefully even those who won’t. I won’t stand by and be overwhelmed by the forces of status quo and paralysis, and I won’t let others do so either.