Covid-19 has now been a part of life for nearly two years. As one would expect, this has upended the world of Nordic skiing. Furthermore, this has greatly changed how we approach our racing season.
The 2020-2021 season was rough and variable. Due to the prevalence of covid in our school environment, we socially distanced, masked up, and limited social interactions to those within our teams. To start of the 2021-2022 season, it would not snow in Laramie. Due to the lack of snow in our environment, we had to continue dryland training, leading to a shared social anxiousness waiting for snow.
These are just two examples of how intertwined environment and social groups are. Highlighted is the cause and effect relationship between the problems effecting the two. These often can go either way. For example, a society could determine it needs more land for agriculture, so it drains a wetland. As an unforeseen consequence however, there is no longer any suitable barrier between the society and an unpredictable body of water, and so flooding becomes more common.
This is a very simplified case, but again connects social and environmental challenges through a cause and effect relationship. Now, scale this to a global population, and an ever changing environment, and this harmony becomes increasingly fascinating. When this harmony is altered, chaos ensues, and the cause and effect relationship compounds wildly. Attempting to understand the finer complexities of relationship between environment and society is the first step in taming the chaos. At least it will help in preventing brash decisions, further compounding the chaos.
Madison Tinker and others of the University of Wyoming Ski Team