The Preface

The Preface

In the essays that follow come I am writing to open not only my mind but my heart. I have felt my ignorance dropping away and being replaced with my knowledge and this has led me to taking action for our environment. I started off writing with such a small amount of knowledge on environmentalism but …

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Knowledge is Wild

Knowledge is Wild

Gary Snyder’s collection of essays in his book The Practice of the Wild is an opening into his own personal mind. In his first essay in the collection, “The Etiquette of Freedom”, he talks about freedom, wildness, culture, and nature/wilderness. The understanding of the term wild is a hard one to wrap my head around. Therefore, …

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Environmental Violence (NOT FINISHED)

Environmental Violence (NOT FINISHED)

Edward Abbey’s 1975 novel, Monkey Wrench Gang is a thriving story about how the environment and experiences can change ones personal characteristics. I think that everyone has the ability to change when it comes to the various obstacles that life seems to throw at us. All of the characters in the book are involved with something …

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Universality of Disease

Universality of Disease

Refuge the 1991 novel by Terry Tempest Williams takes on an amazing approach to the battle of cancer. For anyone who has fought this battle they understand the strength that it takes to overcome this sad truth. Not everyone survives, in fact most don’t, and that when you do the consequences that follow often are …

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Identity in Solar Storms

Identity in Solar Storms

Solar Storms by Linda Hogan is a stunning novel published in 1995 about the life of a young girl who is searching for her identity. Hogan uses the natural aspects of the world to help the main character, Angel, find her identity and way of life. Identity is defined as a characteristic of a persons …

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Healthy World, Healthy Body

Healthy World, Healthy Body

The health issues within humans have become a large topic of discussion lately. The environment surrounds all human beings at all times. Therefore it makes sense that most of our health issues are coming from our surroundings. It all counteracts with each other and when we as humans are killing our environment it makes sense …

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The Unsettling Truth

The Unsettling Truth

“what can I do with what I know? Without at the same time asking, how can I be responsible for what I know?” (52) An ecological crisis is what we are living in our everyday lives. Wendell Berry uses his novel The Unsettling of America to pull out the truth in an understanding yet complex way …

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Cancerous Chemicals

Cancerous Chemicals

“For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.” – Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (15) Rachel Carson has created this deadly sentence. The bold statement of truth is scary and it makes you stop where you …

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