Climate Change Interview 9: UW Oshkosh College Sophomore - Monona, Wisconsin

Updated: Feb 20, 2020

Interview: Emma Zweifel - Oshkosh Sophomore - Major, Elementary Education - Basketball Manager for Oshkosh

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1. What are your thoughts when you hear the claims that the earth is warming, the environment is being destroyed and that humans are the cause?

Well, I guess the first thing that comes to mind is that scientific study that came out last year that said we have about 12 left to solve the problem. Like it was a really scary thing to think about, you know. I mean, I've been going through life thinking that things are perfect. But, of course, in reality its really not. So, it's really a scary thing and right now I'm thinking about it daily. I try to think about what I can do to help a little bit. One person can make difference I hope.

On campus it isn't talked about very much. The only way I get any information is when I turn on Good Morning America or when I watch the debates. I want to have an idea about what the candidates are saying about it, so I know who to vote for. It's not a big deal on campus. Nobody really talks about it and I feel like it needs to be talked about more because it is a big deal. I mean, people aren't treating it like a big deal.

2. In your mind, what are the driving forces of climate change and environmental degradation?

I guess one thing is how we really don't know how much our actions really do affect the environment. You can tell somebody, don't drink from plastic bottles and don't litter, but then they don't see where their water bottle on the ground ends up. They say, well it's only one out of a trillion in the ocean.

So, I think it's like a lack of education about what really does happen to the environment. I know about plastic water bottles and plastic bags but not much about the ozone layer and other elements of the atmosphere. So I think if we know a little bit more we would also know what to do about it.

I know vaguely what global warming is. We touched on it in science class maybe once or twice but I feel I need to know a whole lot more.

3. Has your life been affected in any way? If so, how?

Yes. I think so. I have stopped using plastic bottles. In my dorm room I have about five or six water bottles I brought from home to replace the plastic ones. I fill them up with fountain water. Now that I'm living in a dorm I have to more conscious of garbage and whatever else we discard.