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As a citizen of Oregon living in the rural areas of the Portland Metro Area, I don´t personally see all the sustainability huff of Portland. I don´t make it out to downtown Portland enough to see it all, but I definitely hear here and there about the "cutting-edge."Government councils spend all their energy debating, and it is not an efficient place to promote change. The change has to come from below - from us, the citizens, the mass citizen of this nation. I believe universities have the responsibility to be the social justice promoters. I am a 19 year old male and my parents, over 50, and my siblings, entering their late twenties, are not informed about social justice issues. The spread of information is incredibly nullified by glam television and the immediate gratification it brings. I have studied at SFCC, BYU, MHCC, and I am looking into studying at WSU. The kind of people that study at a university these days are hungry, whether they are consciously or unconsciously aware, for the social ethics information that needs to take place in this world. As a part of the rising generation, I am concerned for the world in 40 years. Universities are power-packed to bring the kind of information to a mass sociocultural awareness that could potentially literally save the planet and all of its inhabitants.
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