Civics Class

We are discussing civic organization and responsibility in my undergraduate class, and today we spent time discussing what we might do for a volunteer activity to help the environment. I have never been so encouraged and saddened at the same time. My students spoke with so much energy about raising environmental awareness, changing government and university policies, and wanting to help their communities. But, they have no idea how to harness this energy into practical projetcs, they don’t have access to the diverse array of student organizations available on American campuses, and they don’t feel like they have the power in the end to improve their lives directly without the consent of their government.

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