An initial step to learning more about our consumption society is to view an informational video called Story of Stuff (2007). The video is already 9 years old, but still presented valid knowledge about the truth about waste and that fact that “there is no away.”Contrary to what our modern, capitalist society likes us to believe, the waste that we create as individuals and as a society does not magically disappear once it goes in the trash can because we live on a planet with finite resources and space.
A lot has happened since my last past, namely, I enrolled, studied and completed a doctoral program at Chulalongkorn University. My interests in conservation, social enterprise and sustainability led me to the Environment, Development and Sustainability Program. It was an intense 4 year period as a doctoral student learning about sustainable development and international policy. For the last 2 years, I concentrated on my research and every waking moment was spent wondering if and when I would finish this massive task.
While I’m glad that my PhD program is behind me, I’ve learned so much from that experience and it has heightened my confidence that more people need to become aware and take action on the massive destruction that humanity is doing to the Earth and each other. Keeping that in mind, I’ve decided to stay in the teaching profession but have shifted to the high school level where I can teach my favorites subjects, biology and environmental science. Given the freedom and resources I have available, I think it’s an excellent place to and continues my goals of educating young people about the environment and sustainability. It’s already been an exciting month and a half where I’ve begun to see how young minds are more pliable than adults and our hope really does lie in changing the minds of the future members of Thai society. It feels good to be back in the trenches again as an educator with a mission.