For the short answer portion of the survey we pulled the responses that best represent the participant answers as a whole.
2. In what ways can religion and science overlap?
A: I believe they can go hand in hand. Science explains the world as we see it, and Religion explains the things that we cannot see, and requires tremendous faith in that belief. I don’t think they are opposite, or that they should be enemies.
A: Religion and science in terms of creation of matter overlap through the concept of intelligent design. While it is true that due to the various opposing personal belief systems of humanity, religion and science are often seen as opposite forces and concepts, the two ideas point to a larger universal existence. Both the bible and science reference the stars and heaven and earth, pointing to a big universe. The concepts also overlap through different sciences – animal science, political science, social science.
5. Do you think there should be a hierarchy between humans and nature, or, nonhumans? If so, who should be at the top and the bottom?
A: Yes and no, humans are currently at the top because we are sentient beings and we have agency. The fact that plants and nature don’t need us to survive but we do need them is important. What is more important is humans should be aware of the hierarchy and do their best to take care of nature because we do need it, but there should still be a hierarchy.
A: I don’t believe that there should be a hierarchy because it is so human based. We should strive to keep animals and other creatures as balanced with us as possible.
7. Do you believe in global warming? If so, what is the cause of it?
A: I more so believe that we are speeding up an oncoming warming, not that we have caused it. In school I was taught that the Earth went through warming and cooling, so I think the pollution from large companies is speeding up the already happening natural warming of Earth.
A: Yes. Global warming is a result of multiple natural and non-natural/man-made reasons, such as trending weather patterns, carbon emissions, overuse of fossil fuels, big agribusiness and mass production and consumption of animals for food use – things that happen daily as a direct result of the industrial revolution.
8. Do you think humans are the cause of extinction?
A: Somewhat. Indirectly we are not taking care of the environment the way we should and because of that plants and animals are losing their habitats and dying. Directly, we are killing endangered animals and using endangered plants in medicine and other things, but not focusing population restoration.
A: I don’t necessarily believe that humans are the cause of all extinction. But they have contributed massively to many extinctions and will continue to forward the extinction rates.
9. What do you think are the biggest environmental issues, if any?
A: Burning fossil fuels, deforestation, pollution, big agribusiness, not recycling, non-clean energy.
A: Overpopulation and poor management/stewardship of the existing resources we have. Continuing conflict over ownership, control, accountability, access, and rights are causing many of the environmental issues we face today.
A: Global warming: Example; the fires in California, flooding in coastal states, the many hurricanes we are experiencing during hurricane season, like the devastating hurricane that hit Puerto Rico.
10. What could be possible solutions to restore the environment?
A: A better question would be, restore the environment to what? The environment itself has been in a constant state of flux since living beings (not just hominids) first populated the world. It is a very human need to want to maintain a status quo, and keep things as we’ve known them, or return to what we remember as being balanced or stable. Thoughtful evaluation of fact shows that this is impossible. However, we can mitigate damage and prevent further damage by changing some of our behavior. We’ve been on a good track with recycling, cleaner-burning engine fuels, and that sort of thing. Not everyone wishes to participate in those sorts of lifestyles, though.
A: I think the best solution right now is for us as humans to be aware of our obligations to the environment and do our best to take care of it. Also, to be aware that we need to take care of the environment not only for its survival, but our own.
A: Use renewable energy, don’t use fossil fuel driven transportation if possible, unplug appliances when not in use, and cut down on water waste. Shrink your carbon footprint. Recycle.
11. Do you think there is a relation between capitalism and environmentalism?
A: Yes. As politics is fueled by money, policy is fueled by capitalistic gains. Therefore any real change to environmental policy heavily reflects American capitalism in a greed-driven society.
A: I think even with capitalism people are still very concerned about the planet we live on. And it’s pretty foolish to think that people are so consumed with wanting to make a dollar that they’d do anything. In any sort of market they’re could be increased pollutants. But the more people who thrive off of capitalism the more money there will be to fix the issues facing the environment. Capitalism allows people to build wealth for them and their families while other economies do not. And if they choose to pour money into the situation then they can since it’s their money to do with.
12. Do you think literature is important to help raise awareness of environmental issues? If not, what is important for awareness?
A: Yes, most definitely. I think as people, we look for stories that reflect our own world and possible futures back at us, as well as connect us together as one large and common group. So when we code literature with things like equal rights, or in this case, environmental issues, what we’re actually doing is finding new ways to not only reflect our own ideologies out into the world, but really giving them a foothold to spread and connect people as one shared take on a possible topic or range of topics. It’s a fun, interactive, and sometimes touching way to spread awareness, which people can always return to and experience again.
A: I think literature helps. But it helps if people keep reading. Most people get out of high school and stop reading and learning. Which is the real tragedy. But for those who don’t, they’re can be ads and campaigns to raise money to help restore the environment.
17. Ages and Majors
Ages range from 20-51
Age Average: 25.6
Majors: English, English Literature, Political Science, Supply Chain, and Astronautical Engineering.