IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Living Well in the 21st Century, The Good Life – Individual Choices towards a Sustainable Future

Check out Environmental Sciences & Studies Professor John Hopple’s 1-credit course on living sustainably through Helen and Scott Nearing’s The Good Life! Learn more below:

Describe your seminar in one sentence.This seminar will explore the various ways in which we can live more sustainably by maximizing our quality of life while minimizing the negative impacts of our actions on the environment.

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.This course is about great ideas. Class format will most often be lively discussions of fascinating and thoughtful readings.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? If we accept the premise that the status quo is unacceptable in terms of our relationship with the environment then we need to make some changes in the way we live. There are a lot of really creative solutions to our problems and they don’t necessarily require that we deny ourselves in order to achieve them.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? Business as usual will not cut it in the future. We will have to find new ways to tackle old problems if we want to survive as a species. That doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice a high quality of life in order to live in balance with our environment. But it does mean we need to be creative and imaginative in searching for better solutions to current problems.”

Want to know more? “The text for the course will be Helen and Scott Nearing’s The Good Life. The book is about a 20th century couple and their experiments in sustainable living. There will also be additional readings, videos, podcasts, online readings etc. drawn from a variety of sources including many on the most up-to-date approaches to living in balance with the environment.”

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