University of Montana – Environmental Studies Program

University of Montana – Environmental Studies Program


Dr. Dan Spencer: “So, I would define environmental studies
as everything that has to do with how we used to be interacting live with the
natural world.” Rebecca: “It’s rare that you find a program that’s
so applicable to today and to problems that we’re facing in our world in our
society, that you find a program that’s so integrated and interdisciplinary and
dynamic.” Rose:”So if you want to look at science and
ecology there’s a path for you there or if you want to look at rivers and
hydrology there’s path you there.” Professor Josh Slotnick. “We’ve got people who are artists, who are
scientists, lawyers, ethicists and these people all work together so we can set
students up with that context where they can discover inspiration.” Dr. Spencer: “We tailor our
students’ study program to your specific interest there, so we do internships, we
do independent studies, I take students to Nicaragua to study environmental justice
issues there.” Rebecca: “The environment and climate change aren’t just issues today. They are the issues of the century and of my generation. In order to really follow my passions, I
needed to do environmental studies.” Rose: “So I got to do three internships and
study abroad. Every professor takes a real interest in the students and is
willing to go above and beyond. They helped me with my senior project, acted as
mentors, and just were amazing people.” Professor Slotnick: “My favorite thing is the students and
every year I get a new batch who are optimistic and excited and really
want to do things to make the world better.” Dr. Spencer: “Many of our environmental studies students on the most
active students on campus. They are that. They started a community gardens on
campus here, they started programs all around the community. Dor the 10-acre
farm where they’re learning sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture, the
students actually run the farm themselves, they connected to the farm
produce there. A lot of produce in that farm goes to the food bank in town, goes to the low income people so they are getting healthy food.” Rebecca:”I think the most important thing that
I’ve learned in environmental studies is that everybody has a purpose and a
place in the environmental movement. Rose: “I think learning that you have a voice
that matters and that’s important is something that’s invaluable. Whether that be an advocate for myself
or be an advocate for the planet or even now, now that i’m a teacher, being an
advocate for my students. I think learning how to advocate for what you
believe in is just really important.” [Instrumental music plays to end of video, no lyrics or spoken words]

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