A Tale of Two Farms by Jared Diamond


The past offers us  a rich database from which we can learn, in order that we may keep on succeeding. (pg 17)

I agree with this quote because I believe that the past teaches and prepares us for the future. One of the greatest teachers in life is experiences, especially the experiences of others. In terms of ecological reasoning, experiences from others referring to experiences from the past. I believe that with having an understanding of the past will allow us to be ecological prepared for the future and in some case we are quick to react to it and some cases we are not. I feel as though we look at the past as if it just happened yesterday and when an ecological problem is in front of us we don’t know how to act towards it. Instead of being prepared we are more of unprepared to deal with the problem, as a result not leading to success.

It has long been suspected that many of those mysterious abandonments were at least partly triggered by ecological problems: people inadvertently destroying the environmental resources on which their societies depended. (pg 20)

I feel that this quote definitely speaks truth. Today, we live in a society that just wants more and more, so it takes and takes with out returning back or thinking about what its even taking away from. In other words, we live in a society that takes from the environment and forgets to give back which is resulting inadvertently destroying our environmental resources. Just like past societies, I feel like we are leading ourself to our own destructions. It’s crazy to know that past societies lead themselves to destruction due to destroying their own resources and that even though, today, we are aware of this we are not doing anything about it and are leading ourselves to destruction. This is just mind-blowing. Yet we see, but are we really looking. Are we really looking at what happened to past societies and preparing our society to not do the same.



If this reasoning is correct, then our efforts today will determine the state of the world in which the current generation of children and young adults lives out their middle and late years. (pg 22)

I love this quote because what we do today, will determine what tomorrow holds and what are future holds for our future generation. I remember my 6th grade science teacher constantly telling us “what can you change today to make a better tomorrow in terms of the environment. ” My answer was plain and simple, I would change the way I treat the environment. I believe this is answer is a problem that many of us deal with. That we have this boring, unimportant mindset towards the environment that we treat it as we think it is. I believe that if we are educated in an early age about the environment and the important role it plays in our lives we can make a better tomorrow for our future generations. Learning about the environment in a young age is helpful because we are able to understanding and be able to grow and develop our ways in which we are to treat it.



Plan B 4.0 Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester R. Brown

In effect, we “eat” 2,000 liters of water each day. (pg. 32)

This quote was just mind blowing.  Its crazy to think that we as consumers, consume up to 2,000 liters of water in food, daily. I mostly, not self conscious about what I eat or drink but from reading this quote I definitely want to check it out for my self. I know that water is a necessity in our live and we need it for survival but I feel as though many of us abuse it. I am guilty of it myself. I buy water when I don’t need it and throw away water bottles that are half empty because they have been sitting in my room for a while. In fact water doesn’t have an expiration date to it, and be consumed whenever. Its crazy to think that 2,000 liters of water go into the food we consume daily. Dry foods tend to last longer than water foods such as vegetables and fruits. Once they are put down you have a couple days to consumer then until they get rotten and moldy. I believe there should be more awareness of the water that we abuse but as human beings we need food to survive and water as well.

In a crash program to save its soils, the United States returned large areas of erodes cropland to grass, adapted strip cropping, and planted thousands of miles of tree shelter belts. (pg.37)

Its good to know that the United States instead of getting rid of eroded croplands, they turned them into grasslands helping the environment.  Many animals in the region would benefit from this cause because they use it as a source of food. The trees also serve as a source of shade and protects native animals and plants from the rays of the sun. Reading across this quote, taught me about doing the simple things can make a difference and a change. The United States could had chosen to leave the land as it was  but instead the changed it to grassland and helped its natural surrounding. There are some things that can be changed and some things that just can’t be. For the things that can be changed, change should happen, like saving soil and preservation.



In Mexico– home to a population of 109 million that is projected to reach 129 million by 2050– the demand for water is stripping supply. Mexico’s city’s water problems are well known. (pg. 41)

This quote is so too, because where my family lives in Mexico is completely dry and deserted. The demand for clean water is up the scale. The last time I went to Mexico to visit my grandparents from my dad’s side, I recall seeing families going down to a nearby ditch and bathing in it. The water was filthy, but for them it was suitable.  My grandpa uses underground water to water his crops in and provide water for the animals in his farm. He also uses that same water for house hold and for bathing as well. The underground water was crystal clear but not drinkable . My grandparents live on the northern area of mexico, but have heard that if you go more southern you can see more poverty and the demand for water and food. Poverty itself is an issue that not just happens in Mexico but around the world.



A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith

Rather than selecting quotes from this story, choose a character from the book. Briefly describe who the character is and their role in the novel. How does the character relate to their environment and the natural world? What is the character’s sense of place and legacy? How do you relate to this character? What is your sense of place and how does this relate to the character? What is your legacy and how does it relate to the character? Compare and contrast.

The character from the novel that I feel I can relate to is Emma, Tobias MacIvey’s wife. Her role and character in the book, The Land Remembered, consists of a strong women who fears for the wellbeing of her family. She is the typical housewife, in charge of households and having the food set for the the family. As a mother she is their for her child and as a wife she is supportive of her husband and his decisions, even though they weren’t what she would have wanted. Emma is describes by the author as a “personification of strength,” I believe deep down Emma was weak and filled with emotions that she would normally hide through her outer strength (pg. 15). Emma and her family live in an area of wilderness and isolation. Emma’s character can relate to the environment because they are both quite similar. Emma’s natural surrounding is wilderness and isolation and Emma and her family have always lived away from people. Emma’s sense of place is wherever her family is and the same strength that Emma posseses, so does her son Zech MacIvery. He is a brave strong boy just like his mother. I can relate to Emma in many ways, especially her childhood. Emma, at a young age knew the definition of hard work. She spend most of her youth helping her father out and didn’t experienced a loving childhood. She matured at a very young age which lead her to have a such strong personality. Like Emma, I was raised by two hard working individuals, my mom and dad. I grew up migrating from northeastern to southeastern following the crop season, more importantly following work. My parents never left us behind and we would travel with them twice a year. We basically did anything from paper work to picking up vegetables in the hot sun. This hard labor definitely helped me build inner and outer strength. Even though the work at times was hard, never once did me nor my brothers and sisters complained.  Like Emma, one of my greatest fears is to be alone without my family, without nobody. I know its something that we al have to face at some point of our lives but I am the type of person that wishes otherwise. My sense of place and legacy is to raise my kids the same way my parents raised me; learning what true hard work really is. Nothing in this world is easy , but hard work does pay off. I grew up in a tough environment that has affected the way I am today. It impacted my life in a positive way rather than negative. Like Emma, one day  I want my children to value what they have and not take life for granted, but to also work hard for a better future.

Endgame by Michael Grunwald

The usually mild-mannered Senator Mack once yelled at him to mind his own business, but Voinovich believed that if the Everglades was really “America’s Everglades,” as the Florida senator kept calling it, then a threat to the Everglades was America’s business. (pg.82)

America is a country that is developing in a fast pace. It has gone from a green piece of land in habited by a small population to being industrial with a population of over 300 million. With America being industrial, machinery has taken the place of hands and as result buildings are being built everywhere. When I think about America’s Business as the author mentions on the quote, I think about all the job buildings and construction being taken place not just here in Florida but across America.  Construction and buildings affect the natural environment because in order to build something, land is needed. As a result, trees and natural habitats are being teared down in order to allowed America’s businesses to be built. The location of the everglades is crucial because it is located in the center of Florida, and is in the middle of building locations. If the Everglades in in fact America’s Everglades then instead of America focusing on being “industrial,” it should focus on preserving and sustaining its natural surroundings, such as the Everglades.

I was focused like a laser beam on getting this passed, and the key was unity in Florida,” Kast recalled. (pg. 88)

It’s amazing what unity can do. Through unity, what one couldn’t do can be done. This quote made me think back to when the time when I  was taking a Leadership course and one of the activities consisted of flipping over a tarp with a group of 15 standing on it without any getting off the tarp. It was a tough challenge, but I remember the leadership coordinator telling us, “the key is unity.” Once we began to work together as a team, we were able to flip the tarp over without anybody stepping off. It took us a while to get it done, but t was accomplished. Its amazing what can be done when you work as team and through unity. I remember every person on the tarp doing their own thing hoping somehow they could flip it over, but it wasn’t until we began to work together that we were able to flip the tarp over. The key was Unity!

It  was a reminder that money doesn’t always talk. People talk, too. (pg.101)

In todays society, people actually believe that money talks. Just because someone has money doesn’t necessarily make them powerful.  Or because you have money, you are rich. Being rich doesn’t always refer to how much money you may have. A person can be rich with love, happiness, joy and blessings. And power can be given to anyone not necessarily the one with the most money. In some cases, money can talk but a person can be louder. In response to the quote money doesn’t always talk, people talk too. A persons opinions can speak louder than a million dollars. In the case of the construction of the airport in Everglades, the peoples concerns spoke louder than money. One thing money cannot do is silence the matter, and if something that matters is in the way, people will talk and be louder than money.