Environmental Protection

M: Rory, let’s talk about environmental protection. What can people do to protect our environment?

R: They could just be sensible in terms of waste disposal. Not littering is a good start by buying biodegradable and sustainable products, recycling. Small changes like that. I think that would go a long way to fixing a lot of problems.

M: Do you think we’ve done enough to protect the environment?

R: I don’t even know how to begin to measure that. I’m pretty frugal, and I don’t travel much. And when I do, it’s by mass transit or public transport. So I think my impact on the environment is pretty minimal in comparison to some people. I could probably do more in terms of saving paper and recycling, though, if I really wanted to.

M: What can people do together to protect the local environment?

R: I don’t think there’s a limit in this sense. Sharing resources might be a good place to start and helping remind each other of different agreed ways to reduce our impacts, although not being complete Karen about at the same time, and picking up the slack wherever they see it.

M: What should be done to protect our environment?

R: Oh, more of everything, really. By making it more accessible and routine for people to do so. I’m not sure radical solutions, like banning cars or plastics are practical and relaxing restrictions isn’t going to cut it. So we just have to keep going further with what we have, which is sort of environmentalism in a nutshell, really, isn’t it?

M: What’s the importance of environmental education?

R: Well, we could frame it in terms of financial importance, people save more by being less wasteful. Or you could think about it in relation to general education, which is like learning new ways of doing things hopefully more effectively and efficiently. There’s a lot to be said for it from these perspectives already, actually.

M: Is there enough education about environmental protection at school?

R: In the mean, yes, though, I imagine there are ways of integrating more of it in a sort of more holistic way, rather than treating it as a separate subject.

M: Is it important to teach students how to protect the environment?

R: Well, insofar as it can give them a practical way to apply what they learn, I would say so, yes,. I mean, for example, we could talk about ways to save money using environmentally friendly energy saving methods in a math class. That’s useful and helpful in equal measure.

M: Would you like to work in a company related to environmental protection?

R: Um, well, not me specifically, since my expertise lies elsewhere, however, we could have more environmental themes or elements in teaching. That might be a good compromise.