Esci 302

CJ2: What could this object be (2 answers depending on how you look at it)

In Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge & the Teachings of Plants, pp. 167-174. Minnesota, MN: Milkweed Editions, she discusses that to preserve the land we must provide, “powerful acts of reciprocity with the land.” When I think about ways I can show reciprocity I automatically think about the ocean. I adore the ocean. I like to look at it, to swim in it. A major issue has been brought to the forefront. The issue being the incredibly large amount of plastic pollution infiltrating the ocean. Even worse than just large amounts of plastic is that said plastic becomes ingested in marine life causing illness in themselves and in humans.

One of the main types of plastic that can be found in the oceans are single use plastics. Single use plastics are plastics that are primarily only used once. This includes straws, cutlery, grocery bags, and coffee lids. My creative journal entry is a creation made from grocery shopping bags. To some they may only see the shopping bag, but to a sea turtle they see a jellyfish. The turtle eats the bag and could ultimately suffocate.

The way I want to act with reciprocity is through minimizing to eliminating my consumption of single-use plastics. I could bring linen bags to the grocery store. I could refuse plastic straws for my drinks. These are little things that would not interrupt my lifestyle as neither thing is a necessity. It’s a small leap, but a leap no less. Not to mention the worlds greatest long jumpers needed the practice to make bigger leaps. I will get there if I am determined. For the safety and well being of not only my family but the amazing ocean, I am determined.


1 thought on “CJ2: What could this object be (2 answers depending on how you look at it)”

  1. Mickey,

    I really enjoyed your post, its clear that you feel very passionate about the ocean. I think using fabric bags in the grocery store is a great way to reduce plastic waste and ultimately protect the ocean. Isn’t it great to see how bringing reusable bags to the store has become a normal practice for many people? It only took a few people to start that movement. I am confident that someday, more people will get on board to reduce single-use plastic consumption in their households.



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