Science, Math & the Environment

Kevin Woo 4x5Kevin Woo, Metropolitan Center, SUNY Empire State College explains in this video and writes:

“Science, Math, and Technology represent three core areas of interrelated disciplines. As we continue to improve our understanding of these areas, it becomes apparent that there are clear avenues for us to considering sustainability. The intersection between the natural and physical sciences clearly lend themselves to themes in sustainability; however, our understanding of disciplines like ecology, environmental science, and conservation are only enhanced with the application of mathematical models and emergent technology. Hence, all three play an important role in education, and help us to make informed decisions about sustainable actions.”

“Sustainability in science, math, and technology builds upon the common knowledge that exploitation of the Earth, and its resources, may result in the demise of all living flora and fauna. In particular, our own habits may have expedited and accelerated the rate of ecosystem changes. However, we can monitor trends from our usage of materials (e.g., fossil fuels, natural gas, deforestation), carbon footprint, changes in climate, and relative species decline, and conceive of likely ways in which our actions impact all ecosystems. Anthropogenic effects (i.e., human-induced activities) significantly impact ecosystem function and have altered communities in ways that have exceeded the rate of natural selection. To this extent, it has prompted us to understand natural processes before they cease to exist.”

“Within the disciplines of science, math, and technology, we use foundational and current methods to assess the future health of the planet. We make informed decisions to reduce our impact on the Earth, and encourage behaviors that promote ecosystem health. Sustainability is a staple theme across all areas of science, and one that maintains prevalence from academics to the community.”