Impacting Wilderness

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The theme for the second creative journal post was along the lines of how we impact wilderness. With all this hype over climate change and the rise in greenhouse gases there is this lovely image that pops into my mind, what the earth looks in the Pixar movie WALL-E, just complete death. I don’t think the whole idea of WALL-E was too off the charts to be completely honest! Yeah having garbage piles the size of skyscrapers may be a little radical but the whole idea of Earth just being a dead ball isn’t far from what humanities distant future may look like.

On Mondays class we were presented with this idea of what wilderness is, In my opinion wilderness is still everywhere it’s just humans are covering it. In the Canoe pedagogy it is stated that “Wilderness and nature are often represented in dominant discourse as spaces of leisure, as places to unwind or, alternatively, wind up for an expedition.” and I somewhat disagree because I believe that wilderness is still the land around us, it’s just that our current society is changing the land. At the end of the day the land we call home is still part of nature, its just european settlers have changed the chemistry of the land to their liking. I try to represent this in my drawing by showing that there is this beautiful landscape past the smog, and death that is our current society. The reason I related WALL-E into this blog post is because how long is it going to take until all of the “untouched” natural beauty landscapes are affected by our current way of life?

When I was in elementary school my grade 8 teacher always told me “if humans were just to disappear from the earth, everything would go back to normal within 2 years” or something a long the lines of that and I am curious with that statement. Is there a point where we have caused so much damage as a society that the Earth is no longer deemed repairable? Sure there ended up being ‘a’ form of vegetation on Earth in WALL-E when it is clear that the whole planet is seemingly dead but is there any way of truly knowing if we have completely killed our planet?

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To be Eco-literate

When looking at a majority of the Eco-literacy poems/love letters I saw a common theme of “what I love about the environment” which is in no way a bad thing. However, the way I view Eco-literacy is not “what you love about the environment” but “what you do for the environment”. Many of the poems also shared this theme of “what I do for the environment” but two poem’s/love letter’s spoke out to me, Mckaila and Harper’s. Both of them had a straight forward approach where Mckailas was talking about what she does for the environment, and why its important, and Harper’s was mainly bashing “Before the Flood” for having a butterflies and rainbows theme even though the film contradicted itself. I had similar opinions with “Before the Flood” because the whole point of the film was to spread awareness, but Leonardo DiCaprio was contradicting himself by flying all around the world in a private jet, having crew wearing a Canada Goose jacket.

“Project-based learning not only provides students with important experiences—co-operation, mentorship, integration of various intelligences—but also makes for better learning.” I chose this quote from the Capra reading to represent my feelings because I feel as if Eco-literacy is being hands on. I feel like if you’re going to be Eco-literate, you will make it a part of your life style instead of stating how you’re going to change. As I stated before in my poem post was that I felt bad because of how small my poem was but I was trying to make a point. The point I was getting across was that rather then putting so much emphasis about what I want to change about myself in order to become Eco-literate, I would rather be blunt and state the facts that humans need to change in order for there to be beauty in this world. Which is why I took a pledge to become a minimalist (I actually donated more than half of my wardrobe just so I could get rid of clothes I wasn’t wearing). To be Eco-literate is to actually do the things you pledge to do which is why I reach out to everyone saying that go ahead and recycle, use less water, or produce less garbage! You’re only helping the Earth.