Earth Charter

The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life.<http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html&gt;

This quote from Earth Charter reminds me of my mom’s words; “people are good beings, only that many make bad decisions.”Many individuals, including myself, choose to make bad or the wrong choices in life. A major choice being to remain unmovable and not do anything about our home, our earth. I think about Albert Einsteins famous quote; “the world is a dangerous place to live not because of those who do evil but for those who do anything about it.” He is completely true, we see how we are destroying the earth yet we do nothing to make a change. But as stated above we only have two choices, whether to be a part of the earth and care for it or lead it to destruction. This quote is very blunt but truthful at the same time.

Recognize that all beings are interdependent and every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings.<http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html&gt;

I look at this quote and think about the video we saw in last class about the cute froggy with the squeaky noise. Even though we don’t come across these types of species in our everyday life doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care for it or neglect the need to help save these animals. Like stated in the quote above their is a value in this species and the many other species that we don’t come across on a daily basis but do exist somewhere in the world. Like for example plants that are endangered, many people see more importance in helping preserve and save the endangered animals rather than plants but plants help human beings in the most amazing way ever by providing air for us to breathe, which is important for our existence. Anything a part of this earth, regardless of it size or appearance it worth it and has value .

 

This requires a change of mind and heart. It requires a new sense of global interdependence and universal responsibility.<http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html&gt;

In order for a change to take place in the way we act towards our environment we must first change our mind and heart. We must go from being careless and ignorant to caring and responsible. Like Orr stated “the earth has been given to humankind as a trust.” We have been entrusted with the earth, to care for it not neglect it. I see it as our parents giving us a simple task as cleaning our room. We are responsible for making sure our room is clean so we make sure its clean. Thats how we should see the earth we should be responsible to make sure it is being maintain and cleaned. This reading gave me a more clear and structure understanding of the importance of the sustainability and how our earth is importance to us and in need of our care, because without it we are nothing.

 

Love It or Lose It: The Coming Biophilia Revolution by David W. Orr

Allen’s aversion to nature, what can be called biophobia, is increasingly common among people raised with television, Walkman radios attached to their heads, and video games and living amidst shopping malls, freeways, and dense urban or suburban settings where nature is permitted tastefully, as decoration (pg. 186). 

I felt as though this quote was basically describing my generation or the current generation. I think about when I was younger and would cry to my mom to let me play outside with my friends. As a child, I used to love being outdoors and get dirty and roll around not the grass. I feel as though today kids cry because they don’t want to be outside or even go outside. Todays generation is too occupied with technology such as TV, tablets, play stations, the internet and much more unnecessary things that they begin to lose focus on the things that do matter. Like for example, our interaction to nature and the environment around us. Like Orr describes nature as a decoration; something to just look at but do nothing to. I feel as though todays generation are at risk of biophobia because of the advances of technology and strong affect it has on them.

In return for our proper use, the earth is given to humankind as a trust (pg. 192).

This quote made me feel guilty about the way in which I treat the earth. Because even the smallest thing I do to the earth has a greater impact at the end. For instance, I don’t remember the last time I recycled or instead of using bottled water using a refill cup. These small changes make a great difference to the earth and the people around me. The earth was given to us as for proper use and many of us, including myself, have abused it by trashing and providing poor maintenance. We were entrusted with the earth and instead of protecting it I feel as though we are damaging it more and more everyday. Besides feeling guilt about my actions towards the earth I also feel encouraged to change the way in which I treat the earth. Instead of throwing away trash the way I do, I will start recycling things that are recyclable. These small changes can eventually lead to greater changes that begins to ripple and those around me in a good way.

And if we do not save species and environments, we cannot save ourselves; we depend on those species and environments in more ways than we can possibly know (pg. 197).

This quote speaks truth because as humans beings we depend on other species and the environment for survival. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to live. I feel as though many people don’t understand the importance of the impact animal species and the environment has on the existence of the human population. Like I stated before, if we take action to take even a small step of hope to make a difference to the way we treat the earth we can have a greater impact. I feel as though the only way to help people understand the importance of saving the species and the environment is through education. Educating individuals at a young age especially with today generation being customed to technology rather than their natural surrounding.

 

Field Trip Reflection

Reflecting back to all the field trips that we had the two main field trips that have stayed imprinted on my mind and heart are CREW and ECHO. For the past 6 years I have traveled down corkscrew passing CREW and never imagined the beauty behind the state sign reading “CREW ahead.” I remember glancing at the CREW entrance and seeing school buses and visitors in the parking area and wondering what were they doing there. When I had the opportunity to go to CREW and leaned about it, I understood why every time I passed by it there were always a bunch of people. Experiencing CREW’s more than a hundred year old trees was like I was in a time machine looking at the past. The structure of the trees just demonstrated so much history and age as well.

Attending Echo was an amazing experience. Learning about the simplest ways to provide sources as food and and drinking water was astonishing. What I enjoyed the most about the field trip ,besides the cute goat that we saw, was the variation of planting styles using recycled resources such as plastic bottles,  old rugs and other items that we daily throw away. Echo reminded me of my town Immokalee because it reminded me of the poverty that it has and the need to apply the concepts echo to help diminish poverty and provide for the people. Immokalee is also known for its agriculture and crops and walking around echo and seeing all the crops that they grow reminded me of home. All in all, I really enjoyed the field trips and what I gain out of then which was encouragement and respect.