Cory Tiger: Helping People, Helping the Planet
Hey Stony Brook!
Last month, I chose to highlight one influential Sustainability Studies Program student; you may remember him: Jayme Liardi: The Vegan Man with a Plan. Well, as October comes to a close, I’d like to bring attention to yet another outstanding student enrolled in Stony Brook University’s Sustainability Studies Program…and her name is Cory Tiger!
Cory grew up in a small artisan town upstate called Warwick (which is a beautiful place to visit this time of year, may I add!). On her grandparents’ farm, Cory found her true love of nature, “introduced to horses before [she] could stand,” forging “a trust beyond human relations” with the majestic creatures. This was the moment which Cory credits for sparking her passion for studying human-nature interaction.
Growing up, Cory’s special way with horses flourished, riding during high school, participating in her college equestrian team, and also while exploring the red rock country in Wyoming on horseback. In Wyoming, Cory was amazed by the scenery so different from that which she saw throughout much of New York, especially New York City; instead of cement and paved roads, she saw endless swaths of preserved parkland and sweeping trails. In Cory’s mind, the contrast between the two places: Wyoming and New York, solidified her perceived humanitarian imperative of preserving the natural world.
As an undergraduate here at Stony Brook, Cory participated in the study abroad program at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya. There, she was shocked to find a lack of environmental regulation due to problems with the education system and corrupt government leaders. Cory saw that harmful pesticides like DDT were being used by citizens to prevent insects from eating their crops. However, due to the lack of education and poor government practices, many Kenyan farmers were unaware of the dangers that these chemicals posed to their health.
Double-majoring in Anthropology and Environmental Humanities, today Cory works to spread her growing knowledge about the human-nature connection and interactions through “organization and action.” This October, Cory attended the National Power Shift Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with two other Stony Brook students. At the convention, Cory joined thousands of other envrionmentally-concerned young people to attend workshops, talks, and team-building activities, teaching our generation how to organize and take action against environmental and humanitarian injustice. As Cory says, “It’s important for the younger generation to know that we serve a purpose, and we can all be the change we not only want to see in the world but also need to see in the world.”
Go, Cory! Your determination and positive attitude have been deemed exemplary in the quest for environmental justice, peace, and sustainability here at Stony Brook University. #supergreenstatus, in our book.
Who will be next month’s Sustainability Studies Program “Student of the Month”? Guess you will have to wait and see!
peace. love. run.
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