Healing Earth’s Scars: It’s Never TOO Late by Jane Goodall, Gail Hudson, and Thane Maynard

My Four reasons for hope, about which I have written and spoken extensively,  are simple—Naive perhaps, but they work for me: our quite extraordinary intellect, the resilience of nature, the energy and commitment of informed young people who are empowered to act, and the indomitable human spirit (pg. 161).

After reading this quote, I was encouraged and motivated by the author. She basically handed me her reasons for hope and inspired me to make a change. Like the title of the passage reads, “It’s NEVER too late.” It’s not too late to do something about the destruction  of wildlife that is taking place and bring resoration to our natural habitat.  I see the earth as a big home where seven billion individuals all live in.  In my home we have responsisblities; clean the place up, make sure eveything is working properly, etc. If one of these things goes unattended the home eventually starts coming apart. I see nature as the walls of the home what keeps up together and provides warm and a shetler. Nature its self provides resources and nutrients to us and with out we, humans fall apart. The earth is our big home that needs to be taken care of and just as a home needs repairments so does the earth. All we need is to act upon and look at the earth as it is; our BIG home.

From the very beginning of the project, Rene had held the firm belief that if he looked hard enough, nature would provide the solutions to all his problems (pg. 163).

I looked at this quote and had to look back at it at least twice. Why?Because it made me think of the time my mom was going through the scare of cancer and nobody besides my dad knew about it. I remember looking at my mom and knowing something was wrong she was getting thinner and wasnt smiling as much, her physical appearence showed that something was not right. I see the same with nature. When something is wrong nature will show it. Just hearing of all these incredible stories of individuals who encountered the destuction of nature by human and decided to make a diference to bring resoration. Nature will show that there is something wrong, something missing, taht will eventually like just my mom lead to solutions. All we need to do is take the time to actually notice not just see.

 

Without plants, animals (including ourselves) cannot survive. Herbivores eat plants directly; canrivores eat ctreatures that have fed on plants–or, to be picky, they may eat animals that fed on animals that fed on plants (pg. 174).

This quote is just straight forward which I like the most about it. Many times individuals like to sugar coat things and make things sound like not that important when they actually are. As simple as without plants animals incuding ourselves cannot surivive. Many of our resources that we consume daily come from nature; plants, animals, etc. Without this things we  wouldn’t be able to survive, which is why, today, we need to make a change and take action for restoring our environement that sustains our resources such as plants and animals. I like how the author used the food pyramid to back up that without plants we couldn’t survive.

 

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Excerpt from Silent Spring “The Obligation to Endure” by Rachel Carson

The history of life on earth has been a history of interaction between living things and their surroundings (pg. 153) . 

This quote makes me think about the interactions between my personal  environmental experiences with nature. I grew up in an agricultural surrounding, where both of my parents work in direct contact with the environment. My dads company focuses on the growth of seasonal crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, strawberries, melons, etc. When we were little my dad would take up to the fields where the crops were being planted and maintained and I would be in awe to the care that the workers would put into the growth and development of the crops. It was been about 15 years since the last time I went to my dads job and interacted with the environment in such way as to simply care for the growth of such crop. My dads company focuses on the growth of seasonal crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, strawberries, melons, etc.

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The rapidity of change and the speed with which new situations are created follow the impetuous and heedless pace of man rather than the deliberate pace of nature (pg. 154).

This quote makes me think about the technology advances taking place and how the majority of all the stuff that we use in our daily lives are man made rather than environmentally made.  For example, the construction of buildings requires for space to build them, where man have to take down trees in oder to make this space available.  Carson describes the pace of nature as deliberate rather the man pace is more impulsive. When I think about these two complete different things and the pace that they each work is completely different. Today, I feel as though human beings don’t take the time time to understand the way nature works and want nature to revolve around our needs when by all means we revolve around nature.

 

Discase-carrying insects become important where human beings are crowded together, specially under conditions where sanitation is poor, as in time of natural disaster or war or in situates of extreme poverty and deprivation (pg. 157). 

Reading this quote make me think about the natural disasters that have occurred around the world such as the tsunami that killed thousands of families in thailand a couple years ago. After the disaster, many individuals also lost their lives due to disease carry insects that are exposed after such disasters. Last summer, I had the opportunity to go to Mexico where I was able to go to the poorest regions of the country. and many of the individual living in the area had life threatening illnesses. This quote definitely bring awareness of poverty and the need to make a change about it.

 

What Is Biodiversity and Why Is It So Important? by Vandana Shiva

Biodiversity is the very fabric of life—it provides the conditions for life’s emergence and maintenance, and the many different ways in which that life is expressed. (pg. 38)

I love this quote. It basically explains what biodiversity really is; the fabric of life. When I think about fabric I think about detail and texture and thats what the variations of life are. Biodoversity is what gives the earth the detail and texture that it needs and that can be seen even though a satellite image where we can see the plant variantions of life in this beautiful greem color and the oceans bright blue color. This quote from Shiva really made me think about all the forms of life that exist today, like the different plants and many more of the unknown life on this earth. I truly believe is alot more that has yet to be discovered on the surface of the earth; like the deep ocean, unkown plants, and living organisms. The earth is about 7 billion years old and we are til this day finding new things that had not been discovered before.

 

This is at the heart both of ancient wisdom and of the new holistic theories, such as James Lovelock’s ‘Gaia’ theory, which is, in summary, that the earth is a living system, self-regulating and self-organizing. (pg. 41)

I believe that the reason why the earth is a living system, self-regulating and self- organizing is because of its living variations which are its people, animals, plants and other living organisms. The earths living components is what allows it to provide self regulating and self organizing. By self-regulating, I see it as the earth maintaining itself by controlling population which is why we we have the cycle of life; we are born, grow old and then pass away. The cycle of life is one the ways in which the earth self regulates intest by controling ppulation. In reference to self organizing, I see it as the earths way of structure where is has different variations and not many of the same things.

 

 

For the same reason conserving biodiversity cannot by achieved by putting it in a museum or a zoo. (pg. 44)

I agree with this quote because when I think  about a museum or a zoo, I see it as a place to attend so that I may admire its surrounding. When visiting a museum or a zoo, people tend to go to just walk around and observe their surrounding and walk away with what they saw. Biodiversity referring to different variations of life such as humans, animals and plants cannot be achieved by being placed in a museum to just be looked at and admired. In order to conserve biodiversity, in stead of observation, action should be taken place. Instead of just observing what we see, we should be taking action for the variations of life in order to conserve it. Ways in which we can conserve biodiversity through action is by maintaining it and sustaining it. In other words, we have to care and preserve the variations of life in this world before it is gone.