Ecoliteracy Braid

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.

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Ecoliteracy Poem

Dear my ecoliterate buddy

You have shown me the Earth is such a special place,

With so much to study

With life so abundant on Earth,

We can’t forget how much its worth.

 

You tell me I should be honored and lucky

To call this beautiful Earth our home,

As there are so many places to go and roam.

 

You show how we need to keep the Earth clean,

While recognizing the planet as our friend

And not be so mean.

 

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 bone,

For the future generations, we need to set the right tone.

Creative Journal #2 ESCI

Creative Journal Blog #2 – How can we be more ecofriendly and give back to the land?

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For week number two’s creative visual, I decided to construct a little collage full of actions that are in my power to be more ecofriendly. I decided I could leap into action by taking public transit and carpooling to use less gas, walking and biking more often to get to places, reduce the energy that is used to power my house and the last thing which I have been getting better at, is reducing the amount of plastic water bottles I use. The Earth has given us as humans many opportunities to succeed. It is our job to be mindful of the resources that we have been given and make sure that we aren’t destroying the environment that has given us so many opportunities. I know it is easier said than done by doing these ecological pledges as a lot of people might say, but if we can get enough people to buy into being ecofriendly we can have a massive change in how we focus on what is right for the Earth. We need more environmentally friendly leaders to set a good example so more people can follow in the right foot steps to get things turned around.

For my ecological pledges, not only am I helping the environment out, I am also saving money for a lot of these things. Gas and power can be really expensive so reducing these things will help save money. I know my room mates and I have been doing a really good job carpooling this year and instead of blasting the heat in the house we have been throwing on sweaters and using blankets more often and keeping the heat to a reasonable temperature and we have been noticing huge money savings.

InBraiding Sweetgrass, it mentions one of the sacrifices that humans may face when trying to be more ecofriendly and that sacrifice was raising taxes for things that can benefit the environment. I know that some people may disagree with these decisions like the people in the book but we need to do these types of things to raise awareness and take action to be more ecofriendly before it is too late.

Creative Journal #1 ESCI

Creative Journal Blog #1 – Keep Our Earth Clean!

In the pictures you find below is my visual representation of a time I felt connected to the environment. Last summer, I was out in Nelson B.C. visiting a few of my friends. One day we decided to go on a hike in the mountains and I found this Gatorade bottle, like the one I show in my pictures, laying on the ground. I picked it up and placed it in my backpack. This recent memory made me feel really connected to the environment because I felt I was doing a good deed and helping protect the environment from waste. The little things count. I know it is a very small gesture but the Earth is our home and we have to keep it clean and we have to find proper ways of disposing or recycling our garbage and use our resources wisely. We can’t destroy Earth we have to work with it and respect it. What you do with the resources now can affect the future. The environment to me means home, so we need to treat it right and respect it and by doing that we can do things as little as picking up one piece of recycling like I did or else we are going to leave a huge mess for future generation. A clean future is the right future.

As Kimmerer speaks in her recent chapter we just read, she mentions and talks about how the world is a gift. As humans, whenever we receive a gift we treat it with respect and we are thankful for it. By doing things like keeping the environment clean and recycling are types of ways we show that we treat our world and environment as a gift.

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