The Challenge 2050 Project at the University of Florida

We believe in the power of human beings to change the world for the better. Aware, connected, creative human beings make innovative and inspired decisions. We cultivate the capacity for adaptive leadership and social responsibility in the next generation of global change-makers.

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Isabelle Oleck

Isabelle Oleck is a second year behavioral and cognitive neuroscience major on the pre-medical track with a minor in leadership. She discovered the Challenge 2050 Project during the fall of her freshman year through the global uncertainty class ALS2410. This instantly sparked a passion within her and she knew that her future would include practicing a life of sustainability and learning how to save the world. After her eyes were opened up to the major issue of population growth, she has noticed the effects of this every day. Ranging from lack of space to climate change, the aspects of our beloved Earth which cannot sustain our future are issues that we have to address right now; not in 20 years or even 10 years, but right now. This urgency instilled motivation and enthusiasm in Izzy, leading her to attend the American Seed Trade Association Conference with C2P this past Spring, and currently research neuroscience with Tony Andenoro, the director of the project. C2P has showed Izzy that changing the way in which human beings live so that the Earth can sustain life past 2050 is a complexity that involves every major and starts with awareness. She aspires to study abroad next summer with a focus on sustainability and she hopes to continue inspiring others to seek knowledge about sustainability and act on it. “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”  – William Wilberforce