When we as a nation think about our economy how often do we also think about the environment? Often these two topics are disaggregated from one another. However, they should be thought of together. In moving towards renewable energy sources, public transportation, human health, housing affordability, and emerging workforce opportunities play a vital role for job creation in these fields and therefore a vital role in our environment and economy.
There's something terrifying happening to our planet that will have a greater impact on mankind than anything else in history. Climate change is one of the preeminent environmental issues of our time, and a deep understanding of this problem is vital for everyone on Earth. The single biggest challenge we will face in our future is adequate energy for the exponentially growing world population.
The evolving connections between research institutions like Virginia Tech and regional economic development organizations like the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) are essential partnerships needed to make informed decision about the ever-changing economy due to their unique research abilities. VCEDA is an organization which helps bring more jobs to the Southwest Workforce Development Area or as the Spearhead region to others, through program grants for business and industry related inquiries.
Oh Southwest Virginia, who wouldn’t want to visit such a beautiful, mountainous area and be a part of this special place? The wealth of beauty and history in Appalachia has created an identity held dear by its people. It is a place of refuge, openness, and exploration that may retain current residents and attract newcomers to this region that has seen a population decline of 7% since 2000, while Virginia has seen a 19% increase over the same time span.
This is a blog regarding citizen science projects ability to contribute to the greater good of science needed for protecting natural systems and better understanding human behavior.
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Let’s imagine, if WE could get a glimpse of the future and we’re frightened by what WE saw. What would WE do with that information? Go to politicians or the heads of industries with statistics, research, facts, data? Good luck. The only facts they won’t challenge are the ones that keep the wheels greased and the dollars rolling. If the probability of wide spread annihilation kept filling the minds, would WE would ignore it or accept it?
"Creative adaptability is the key to successful conservation"