Nature in Japan: Plants, Trees, and All Things Green

Temple University Japan

At Temple University back in America, I took a few classes focused on the environment and sustainability mainly to fulfill my Science Gen Ed requirements. I chose the classes because the subject—studying human impact on the planet—really interested me, but last semester my studies turned into new goals and soon actions, and I began to feel passionate about taking care of the environment around me. I started to become aware of how humans handle the earth: how we incorporate nature into new projects, how we control and shape land for various purposes, and how we have, sadly, come to create many irreversible changes.

Last semester I took a course titled Green vs. Gray: Improving and Sustaining Urban Ecosystems and the projects we were required to follow through with encouraged us to reach out to the community and play with the earth; we toured a small urban garden near campus, helped…

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