After going through many of my classmates poems, love letters, and other ways of responding of what it means to be ecoliterate, I was amazed to see some of the similarities to my poem on what it means to be ecoliterate. Both poems I looked at were very interesting. Reading Jade’s poem, it made realize the positives and beauty the Earth has and how my poem represented some of that. On the other hand, Laura’s poem kind of brought out and made me realize the darker side of my poem on the destruction of Earth and what it could look like if it continues.
The first piece that stood out to me that showed similarities to my poem was Jade’s poem. In one of the verses of Jade’s poem, it states “capturing every breathtaking experience in the world”. I found that it connected with one of the verses in my poem which was “as there are so many places to go and roam.” The major similarity I found between these two statements was the travel aspect of what it means to be ecoliterate. Enjoying nature, because there are so many “breathtaking experiences” and you can make “unforgettable memories” by going to new places. Taking in, and honoring what the Earth has given us and taking a chance to experience other parts of the world and the beauty it offers if the opportunity presents itself. There’s so many places in the world to discover that offer different types of nature and landscapes which may give you a whole new perspective on the way you treat and understand the Earth. By experiencing new ways of seeing how the beauty the Earth presents us with different opportunities to understand nature it will leave us realizing what the Earth is capable of and how diverse it can be. By seeing other parts of the world it may change our opinions on how we need to protect this beauty.
The second poem that I found similar to mine was Laura’s in the fact that we both talked about how humans are just taking from the earth and not really thinking about giving back and the greed humans can contain that comes with lack of respect for the Earth. This part of our poems seems very dark. At the end of my poem I state “You demonstrate how we need to give back to this Earth and not just take, as there are many consequences that are at stake. / One day this Earth might be as bare as a bone, for future generations we need to set the right tone.” This braided with Laura’s part of the poem on how she referred to human and Earth relationships and how it can be considered “one-sided”. Laura’s poem also states that “one will wear out / and be forced away / leaving the other with nothing.” Like in mine, if we don’t have a good relationship with the earth we are not only going to destroy nature we are going to destroy humanity also and this planet will be left as “bare as a bone” if we don’t consider giving back and the pace of consumerism doesn’t slow down.
When asked to connect to a certain reading we took up in class I thought that David Orr’s chapter on “What is Education For?” was a perfect example. Orr explains that “the plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of every kind”. What it sounds like to me is that the Earth needs people to treat it like a true “friend” like my poem suggests. In my poem it talks about how we need to be the Earth’s friend and in order to become the Earth’s friend we must stop hurting it and keep it clean which will leave a better place for future generations. Friends are understanding, and by understanding what the Earth needs we will be able to prevent the Earth from destruction. We don’t need successful people to just keep taking but instead we need successful people to use their power to be more eco-friendly. The Earth is hurting, we need to give a helping hand as a true friend would.