Charlie Forbes

MA Student
Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

My name is Charlie Forbes and I am a writer, environmentalist, and food enthusiast. I received my B.S. in Biology from Rhodes College where I also worked as a T.A. for the Geology Department. During these years I was granted a Campus Ecology Fellowship by the National Wildlife Federation to conduct research on, and implement, working renewable energy infrastructures on campus. I was subsequently selected to become an Environmental Resident, an appointed position focused on campus-wide policy decisions impacting the environment. Many of these endeavors prepared me for the similar work I would later do on Capitol Hill as an Executive Fellow with the Office of the Governor of California.

I began working on my Masters in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies, in January of this year (2017). My passion for the emerging field of Ecology and Religion evolved out of a deep concern for the state of our current agricultural practices and food production systems, which I believe to be in need of great help. My future aspirations are to enact effecting and lasting change to these infrastructures by way of foodway preservation models, ecological conservation initiatives, and various community empowerment programs. I hope to develop innovative strategies for the implementation of solutions that restore balance to the vulnerable- yet vital- elements of our planet that have become threatened by an ever fast-changing world.

The primary intention for my experience at CIIS is to become more keenly aware of my strengths and weaknesses as a leader. I mean to leverage these insights during my time at University so that I can more aptly guide my passions into a more focused and constructive direction. Ultimately, a better understanding of my leadership qualities, and philosophies, will maximize my potential and help me to realize my dreams and true purpose in a professional capacity.

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