Educating Ourselves on the UAPs

Educating Ourselves on the UAPs
John Fotouhi ’20

I know first-hand how important outdoor experiences can be because of my own, including the Wyoming backpacking trip with Mr. Farrell in 2018. I have learned how important it is to preserve wild lands so that others may have similar experiences. As with anything, I wanted to start in my own community, De Smet. Of course I want to make the school more environmentally friendly, but I also want those efforts to have student involvement. I noticed that a lot of my classmates were not interested in environmental issues. There was a lack of awareness and concern. That's why I think the first step in caring for our common home (Universal Apostolic Preference 4) should be education. If there is more awareness about the facts and importance of environmental preservation, everyone will be more willing to work together. There are a lot of ways to share this information. Teachers can be vital in the process by including sustainability issues in the De Smet education. Students can also bring the issues to light and drive discussion. When this first step is done, it will be easier to gain momentum with sustainability efforts.

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