Climate change is perhaps the most pressing global issue we face.
Interestingly enough, when I took a preliminary poll of students participating in the UVA Green Challenge
about the areas in which they felt they could make the most difference, two of the sectors that affect climate change the most — transportation and energy — were the ones the students felt the least empowered to work on. Perhaps the problem of climate change seems so big and intangible that we feel powerless to confront the issue?
In spite of these global and intangible aspects of climate change, a community workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Albemarle County Office Building (401 McIntire Road), in which "UVA, the city and the county will come together," says Teri Kent, a local environmental leader and resident.
"Having lived here for 12 years, this seems like a milestone." When asked about what she sees happening with these types of events in the future she said, "We can't be in isolation anymore; we have to come together and find the overlap."
A similarly collaborative project that has emphasized the overlap between UVA students, faculty, staff and the Charlottesville community celebrated its first year anniversary on Jan. 24. The UVA Food Collaborative
, a group that seeks to educate and engage others about food issues, spent Monday afternoon planning how it will grow and focus its efforts in the future. After a fall semester of successful events and educational outreach, the food collaborative also hosted its first event of the semester on Sunday — a highly attended showing of "Queen of the Sun" at the Haven
, with almost 150 members of the UVA and Charlottesville communities in attendance.
As the number of collaborations between historically separate members of the community increases, everyone stands to win — especially our environment.