Eye Opening

Eye Opening

Growing up in a world of science is something quite eye opening. I have had the amazing opportunities in my life to learn with every experience that I have through a scientific lens. Why? Both of my parents have backgrounds in the field of science. My father, the most brilliant man I know, is a science teacher. Anything I could ever wonder about he seems to have the answers for me; I am biased about it of course. My mother has her degree in marine biology, this is why I think I have come to such a serious love for turtles over the past twenty years. Sitting in class everyday I find myself wondering about the more in depth things that we could learn through writing about the environment.

The fact that all over the world there are billions of people who will never understand what we have. Our world is so amazing and provides so many different materials that we all need to survive and all we keep doing is trashing it. After reading the first section of Environmentalism by Ramachandra Guha I became interested in what we as humans have done to our earth. Of course the question, “are we destroying our own earth?” is such a huge one that we can probably never answer it fully. Guha leads a reader to understand the scale of destructiveness and the ongoing “slow violence” that makes it so difficult to address. I think it is obvious that we can’t fully answer it. But we can begin.

Guha himself is a teacher, he fills the mind of kids with the important information that is needed to ‘survive’ on this earth. For him to be a teacher it allows me to connect to him through the need to help people learn. Being a teacher especially in environmental awareness is something that I can assume is harder than teaching math. He himself has this ability to tell the world what is happening, what we need to change, why, and how we are going to go forward. Such an influence is what can start this whole journey towards changing our ways and helping the environment. Therefore, after finding out Guha’s personal background it had me thinking even more, deeper into the meanings of change and the answers to resistance against our own personal destructiveness against the world we live in.

I found myself wanting to think so much farther into the information that I have prior knowledge on. Learning about all of the different eras of environmental trails and tribulations clears our minds to the truth about how we got to where we are now.  Environmentalism is to have concern about the environment and I personally feel that everyone no matter what, has concern. We humans and animals live on earth, this living, orbiting, and growing thing that some how supports our lives. That is insane just to think about even the slightest bit. Our minds don’t have the capability to wrap themselves around what we truly have here in this world and the lives that we are living every single day until we die.

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Listening to all of my professors this semester and in previous semesters I haven’t really thought too much about the deeper meaning behind their teachings. You just kind of do the work, whatever they say you just do it. But in this course, Writing in an Endangered World, I am very interested in seeing how we progress. Learning about our world and the environment through a critical lens of writing is one thing that I find to be very incredible. Using words to describe and create the world is a beautiful quality that people have. Writers such as John Muir who physically go out into the environment and then write about their experiences are the types of writers that tell the true and full story. I want to be a writer who has the ability to tell the full truth even if that means it is the ugly truth. Reading other writers gives the opportunities to the reader to clearly think through the elements of non-fiction and what certain writers such as Muir and Rachel Carson are truly trying to do when they fill in the lines of a book with their stories. Every detail is physically right in front of them and we luckily have the experience to be able to mentally be there with them.

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