It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on the blog as the last couple of months have brought graduation from Dickinson College, a move to Philadelphia, and a continuing job search. I’m just beginning my post-college, alumni life, so I think it’s fitting that this VegHead profile is from a friend of mine at Dickinson, Luke.
I’d sum up Luke as a really cool, kind, and chill guy who radiates calmness. He was one of my housemates at the Treehouse the first semester of my senior year, and many days I’d look out of the gym window to see him bike past with his messenger bag and iconic sweater. My friend and housemate Emma and him would go to the weekly Carlisle Farmers’ Market and cook up a meal with their spoils. Luke is spending his summer working on Dickinson’s organic farm in Boiling Springs, PA, and I’m excited to share his profile on how he developed a passion for sustainability and what he’d like to spend his time doing in the future.
Name: Luke MacCormick
VegHead Status: Pescetarian
Hometown: Norwich, Vermont, USA
Current Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA
Occupation: Student at Dickinson College
Companion Animals: Puff and Muffin, my two cats, are my favorite thing about going home after a semester or for a break.
Favorite VegHead-Friendly Cafes and/or Restaurants: Issei Noodle in Carlisle, Pennyslvania, and Tuk Tuk in Hanover, New Hampshire
Favorite Foods: Lasagna, Pad Thai, Curries
Favorite Place You’ve Visited and Why: Recently it is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I had a really fun trip with my girlfriend Emma this fall going to Philly for a few days. We walked around and explored the city and had a really nice time.
Fav Veg-Related/Environmental/Social Justice Books: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
When did you go pescatarian and why? What, if any, are the difficulties you have encountered? Tell us your story:
I started to become a pescatarian in 6th grade. I very slowly stopped eating certain meats (mostly because I didn’t like anyways), and I eventually stopped eating meat altogether. I’m not entirely sure why I decided to do it, but I think it had something to do with a book that I was reading, which I don’t remember the title of anymore. I think that I have stayed pescatarian for so long because I was just stubborn enough to see it through.
The most difficult thing for me has been fish. My grandmother had a house in Westport, Massachusetts, right near the ocean and when my family visited, we would only eat seafood. There was no alternative to it (and it is really good seafood!). Now, I try not to eat seafood when I am not there or if I don’t know where the seafood came from.
Where did your environmental ethic come from? What experience or individual inspired you or opened your eyes to the importance of sustainability?
Growing up, I would spend a lot of time outdoors, and my parents encouraged that with camping trips and hiking and things like that. I think that as I grew as a person, I have realized how much value I place on nature and being able to enjoy it. The first real experience that I had with environmentalism was through beekeeping, when a high school teacher of mine led a short class on beekeeping and the threats facing bees today. I have been keeping bees and learning more and more about environmental issues since then.
Is there a particular environmental or social justice issue you have a special interest in? Tell us about the issue and why you became passionate about it.
I think that beekeepers and the issues facing them have been the issues that I have focused on the most until recently, but now I have started to become more interested in social sustainability and problems of inequality and injustice around the world, as well as sustainable farming. I think that every aspect of sustainability is closely tied together and separating them is not as effective as finding ways to combat multiple issues with solutions that have broader effects. I became passionate about social sustainability through my work with the Center for Sustainability Education here at Dickinson. I learned a lot about all the different aspects of sustainability and gained a greater understanding of the bigger picture.
Tell us about your travels:
I have visited countries on every continent except for Asia and Antarctica. My favorite places that I have gone are Guatemala, Ecuador, and Honduras. I got to do some really cool snorkeling and stayed in really cool places in those countries.
What are your future plans?
My future plans are to be a farmer. I want to own a small sustainable farm and use it to teach other people about issues that are important to me. I also have ideas about starting a bike cooperative and an artist guild/cooperative.
Follow Luke Here:
Facebook: Luke MacCormick