I foreshadowed today's entry near the end of NABLOPOMO for August: KNOW.
I may even use the prompts. Monday's prompt, write about three things I know, has me thinking already. Check back to see if I use it.I woke up early this morning and lay awake in bed mulling what to write, so I decided to get up and follow through. As the proverb says, you can't plow a field by turning it over in your head.
This theme reminded me of three prompts I used for the fresh theme in April 2013: Which environmental cause is closest to your heart and why; Which natural resource do you worry about the most; and How do you interpret the words "live simply?" My responses to those questions led from one to the next.
As for the answer to the first prompt's question, my favorite causes used to be biodiversity and air pollution, but that was before I committed myself to Detroit. Now it would some combination of energy, food, and water, three topics I emphasize in my teaching. If I had to pick one out of those three, it would be energy, particular[ly] green energy. The one thing that connects my old and new environmental interests is climate change, which lies at the intersection of energy and air pollution.That might work as an answer, but I'm not an expert in food; I just care about it as an issue. That leads directly to the answer to the next prompt.
One answer would be to simply repeat what I wrote on April 1st... However, that's fudging it. Fortunately, I have a way of counting how many times I've used those labels, along with some others.I later used those numbers to fit the 7:4:1 ratio of energy to food to water to the list of suggestions in The Sustainability Dozen: how to live more simply. I then used the categories in my blog to reorganize the slide I showed my students--blogging as professional development!
Energy wins in a landslide!
The above still doesn't answer the question, though. I may teach about energy, food, and water, but I'm not really an expert in all three. Instead, the top three excluding food from list above--energy, climate, and biodiversity--better describes what I really know well. I teach three classes, Geology, Environmental Science, and Introductory Biology II, and I lecture about all three topics in all three classes. In fact, the subtitle for Introductory Biology II is Biodiversity, Evolution, and Ecology. Biodiversity is right there in the name!