Eliza Lindley

What are your majors? Environmental sciences; life sciences communication; sustainability certificate

Expected graduation: May 2023

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? Every time I am asked this question, it always comes back to a course I took in fifth grade called “Journaling, Biology, and Beyond.” I fondly recall assignments which entailed tromping around my backyard to listen to bird calls and identifying different types of evergreen needles.

But most important of all was the main text for the course — Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac.” Wrapped up in vibrant prose detailing his observations of the natural world is Leopold’s thoughtful environmental ethic, an outlook that remains with me to this day. His work instilled in me a fervent desire to protect the wonders of our environment, large and small, with the recognition that we ourselves are embedded in that global ecology.

Since then, I’ve come to realize that community is the foundation of what it means to be human, and safeguarding our planet for future generations demands that we lean into its undeniable strength.