Esci 302

CJ3: Eco Literacy Love Letter

Dear Earth,

Somehow, we humans have caused some strain in our longstanding relationship. Our love has become one sided. Humans have become dominant and you, my love, have been overlooked. You’ve become a mirage to our lives. Just like a pot of boiling water pressure begins to build until there is no room left. What comes next is an explosion. I can see this happening in front of my eyes with you. The positive is that I caught it, but is it too late? Have you blown the pot lid off?

Hind sight is twenty-twenty. Is there something I could have done to avoid this situation of strain? I am learning to read your signs. I am looking at our past to the times when we were happy. Our tumultuous history. Listening to the professionals give their opinions on how we must fix this void I have created gives hope to the cause.

I have been thinking of ways to fix things. I know you don’t appreciate cheap things that accumulate exponentially. I promise to spoil you with things you will like. I know you like trees, and clean oceans/skies. Would that make things better? I know it is only a start, but there is an effort there. I want to make this work. We need to make this work. We were meant to be together.

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.

Esci 302

CJ1: Environmental Diversity

Three summers ago I was hired as a Park Interpreter for Sask Parks. This job meant I was in charge of creating programs for campers that put them in the nature around them. This job made me closer to nature than I had ever been before. It was the inspiration for my creative journal.
All of the pictures in the collage are organisms that can be found in Saskatchewan. I have found all of the organisms as an interpreter. The overall shape of the collage is supposed to look like Saskatchewan. The pictures are arranged from predator to prey. Each of the choices I made related back to the theme of diversity. Without diversity, the environment around us would fall. There would be no prey and predators working together in ecological harmony. When I think about environment the diversity creates the beauty that I tried to relay to campers.
In David Orr’s article (
(2004), What is Education for? In Earth in Mind, pp. 7-15. Washington DC: First Island Press.) he discusses that we need to know more about helping the planet than being ignorant of these issues. This also relates to Robin Wall Kimmerer’s novel ((2013). The Sound of Silverbells, in Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge & the Teachings of Plants, pp. 216-222.) elaborating that we must learn more than just humans. By being a park interpreter I immersed campers into nature to spark the need to maintain the diversity of the environment. Without programs like an interpretation perople may still be ignorant and make s’mores instead of hiking.