Human ecology is something I understand as context. You can't look at a problem and see a creative solution if you don't try to understand the context: how that problem interacts with the world, how we interact with that problem, how a possible solution might affect the problem and the world around it. We are actors on this planet, a fact that is easily forgotten, and human ecology forces me to contextualize myself within the world and seriously look at my environment and my place in it, on a local and global scale. It is not the study of humans and our environment; it is the study of humans in our environment and everything that springs from that relationship. Human ecology is a problem-solving perspective that opens our world up to any critical eye. -Natalie Barnett, class of 2011 Photograph of COA's All College Meeting (acm). Image captured by Amelia Eshleman, class of 2011.
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