Connected by the environment

In order to bring Science and Social students together, environmental seminars are given at Dawson

By: Dahlia Belinsky

Public speaker Fiona Hanley, a teacher from the nursing department, began the first official seminar organized by the environmental studies and environmental science departments last Thursday at 10 a.m.

The goal of the seminar was to “ask questions, not just accept things,” Hanley explained, “Be aware that our convenient society comes at a cost and the cost is usually human health.”

The seminar discussed the environment and how it affects a persons health. Hanley began her presentation with a power point of a student going through their day, from waking up in their bedroom to arriving at school in their car.

“We spend about 90% of our time inside, so we have to be concerned of the items in our home,” Hanely said. She showed key objects that people use every day such as a bed, an air conditioner, makeup, shower, etc.

At the end of the PowerPoint presentation, she allowed the students to point out anything they may have noticed that could be relevant to the topic. “She broke it down to everyday activities and now I’m going to think about my actions during the day,” Andrea Cherry, first semester Environmental Science student said. “I enjoyed that the presentation was interactive.”

Hanley, who is also part of Canadian Nurses Association and Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment, said that “I want to integrate environmental health in the nursing practice. Nurses have a large impact in giving information about the environment.”

This was the second of ongoing environment seminars. The seminars were created to, “promote contacts between the students of the two programs to develop a better understanding of environmental issues,” Jocelyn Guindon creator of the seminars said.

Guindon is co-ordinating the seminars with the help of Tonia Bi Bellis, coordinator of Environmental Science and Penny Proulx, coordinator of Environmental Studies.

The seminars will cover a range of issues from “Health and the environment to the importance of cocoa cultivation in Panama’s Aboriginal Communities,” Guindon explained. “There are an expected seven to eight seminars.”

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