This I Believe
This I Believe is an assignment for Ethics in Natural Resources (ESPM 3011). It is based on the NPR series of the same name that Edward R Murrow began in the 1950s. Murrow said, “Never has the need for personal philosophies of this kind been so urgent.” This sentiment is also reflected today. Philosophies incorporate personal beliefs through anecdotes and experiences that demonstrate how a person came to believe what they now consider key elements of their daily philosophy. The original radio series was very popular, so much so that NPR brought it back from 2006-2009. If you missed these stories, learn more at: http://www.npr.org/series/4538138/this-i-believe
Students in our Ethics in Natural Resources class used the NPR model to create their own This I Believe essay. The essays demonstrate what they value about natural resources, wilderness, and experiences that brought them to environmentally focused majors at the University. We feature some of the best essays here, as presented by the authors. We thank our students for sharing their work.