Basically, I just got my Bachelor’s degree, and I know what I want to do in life. The problem is, I am not sure of the best way to get there. Would you be interested in giving me a few pointers? I am really interested in the development of environmentally-friendly public policy, sustainability, and want to work to reverse some of the damage that we as humans have inflicted on the environment. I know I need to get an advanced degree to do this, though. I majored in Politics, but have a good understanding of science. So now, I am looking into water law, environmental law, and sustainable business practice degrees. I honestly have no idea which degree would best suit what I want to do though. If you have time, would you be willing to tell me about your experience, or even give me some suggestions of where to look and what to look for? Thank you so much! It would be a great help.Here's what I said (brief version):
- More education is neither necessary NOR sufficient to "fix" things.
- There's plenty of great information on water, the environment, policy, etc. You need not go to school for 3-8 more years to add to that pile.
- Not many people understand that information or how to implement it.
- Go, use your job [paid gov't intern] and connections to learn how things work, where the problems are (just ask people, they'll tell you), and who is in favor/opposed to fixing them
- Then work with all parties. Start with "stupid" policies.*
Addendum: This advice applies to BA and BS holders :)
* Decreasing block pricing in water gives a unit discount to those who use more. Makes sense if you want to sell as much water as possible, but not if water is a scarce. See also ethanol, tax law, farm bill, bureau of reclamation, katrina, ad nauseum.