Trevor Thomas is a senior Environmental Sustainability major from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Vice Chair of Green Week.
What organization are you here with?
I’m here with Green Week, which is a group on campus that promotes green living and awareness about the impact we have on the world around us. As part of Green Week, we have activities in the morning and afternoon. Here, I’m taking part in the Social Responsibility Fair, where different organizations come out and promote green living.
What is social responsibility?
Being socially responsible means taking care of society. In order to take care of the people, we have to take care of the environment we live in as well, or we won’t be able to sustain ourselves. In terms of this event, this is the collective of society trying to do right by the environment. All these organizations here today are trying to do that. That’s why we’re featuring them today.
How does social responsibility change with age?
That’s a great question, because it’s all about the little habits we change or improve that make a difference in the long run. Kids and anyone younger than college age have it different, because unless the institutions they grow up in are influenced by care about the environment, they aren’t going to know how to change or research how to change their habits. College students, though, are starting to build habits that last throughout their adult lives. That’s very important. The diversity you’re exposed to, from groups like Green Week to any of these organizations, provides a way to understand how you can do better by the environment. As an adult, you can be more influential on environmental policy and your community. Getting involved in local or state government can help enact legislation that promotes environmental sustainability. You can even make a difference at your job by committing to small, positive changes.
What are some good water habits OU students can develop?
That’s the grandest question. Water is such an important resource, and it’s only going to get more and more important in the future. Obviously, decrease your shower time. This was actually a question from Green Week’s trivia event yesterday: if you take three minutes off your showering time, you can save almost 6.5 gallons of water per shower. There are also things we don’t consider, like meat. Agriculture is a big producer of greenhouse gases and uses up a lot of water, because you continuously need to water the crops that you use to feed the animals. Processing that meat uses a lot of water, too. You can limit the amount of meat, especially red meat, you eat. Also, things like knowing what to recycle, or how to recycle properly, can make a big difference on your environmental footprint.
How can someone contact you?
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from your readers!
Note: Some of the organizations featured at the Social Responsibility Fair included Red Earth Vegans of Central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Sierra Club chapter. If your organization was featured during Green Week or the Social Responsibility Fair, we’d love to hear from you!