Ecoliteracy Letter

Dear my tree-hugging friends,

We are so grateful to live on this planet that we call Earth. There are so many beautiful sites to see and places to explore. What more could we want? Over the last few decades, people seem to not be pleased enough with all of the amazing things that the Earth has to offer us naturally.  They are beginning to oversee the beauty in nature and beginning to be selfish towards the environment.

But have you ever listened to the songs of the birds? Have you ever went outside just to be outside, with no other reason but to embrace the natural beauty of nature? Have you felt the cool winter air on your cheeks and completely acknowledged the loveliness and freshness that it is providing for you? Or the glazing hot sun on your body that has been craving sunlight for months? Have you found a spot in nature and sat there and focused on all of the feelings that you feel while being outside? Have you truly embraced nature in all that it actually offers you?

We are so lucky that we are a part of nature.  We are so lucky that we get to experience all that it has to offer us, but we often take it for granted.  We, the human race, need to experience these feelings more often to truly appreciate the effects that nature has on us and thousands of other species.  Without having a strong connection to nature, we will continue to destroy it until there is nothing left of it.

We need to rekindle our love and kindness towards nature for us and for future generations.  Our love will be the start of restoration of our wonderful planet.  Our love will be the power that changes the world.  Our love will enable us to act better towards each other and the world around us.  We need to learn to love everything around us.

With love,

Kiera

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Creative Journal Entry 2

There are many simple ways that people can positively impact the issue of climate change.  All it takes is the realization that everyone can help the environment, no matter how big or small the gesture may be.  I designed my project in a way that would demonstrate a small gesture that would help the environment, but also outline other small things that I can change in my everyday life to help support the environment.  To do this, I have used a clothing hanger that is used to hang clothes to dry. This is a gesture that can positively impact the environment because it helps reduce the use of a dryer therefore reducing energy consumption.  On this hanger, I have cut out pieces of clothing using cardboard that came from groceries around my house.  On the articles of clothing, I have written a way that I can help make a difference in the environment.

All of these things that I have written on my hanger may seem super small and not impactful, but can you imagine if everyone in the world made these changes to their everyday lives? Then you would really see the impacts.  But in my opinion, making a difference in the environment shouldn’t be that hard.  We just require everyone around the world to have the same ambition and dedication to the cause to really make a difference.  Part of the problem is that so many people don’t believe in climate change, or say they don’t believe in climate change for their own personal benefit.  This idea was stated in the documentary film, “Before the Flood” where there were many political leaders who said that humans cannot change the climate, despite all of the science and research done.  Then looking at “The Paris Agreement”, we see this again as it states that the United States no longer wants to be a member of this agreement.  It is clear that the United States government does not see a problem with how much their country contributes to the overarching issue of climate change.

In my opinion, everyone needs to come together to realize what needs to be done, otherwise future generations will not have the same opportunities that we currently have.  They will face more severe weather and they will experience a world on the verge of collapse. These people who claim they don’t believe in climate change are being selfish in the fact that they are not taking responsibility for their own actions towards the environment and not seeing how future generations will suffer if we keep treating our environment like garbage.

Creative Journal Entry 1

My visual representation is a collage of pictures that I have taken around my acreage.  I am lucky enough to live in an area where there is a lot of wildlife and several different environments to explore.  One of the areas around my house is actually a nature conservation area.  I have only explored it a couple times in my life, but I wish to go explore it more.  Relating to the reading “The Sound of Silverbells” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, I often don’t take the time to connect to my environment like the medical students when they went on their camping trip.  Although all of these natural environments are constantly surrounding me, I don’t think I appreciate it as much as I should.  Not everyone has the opportunity to live in such a beautiful area of Saskatchewan like I do and not everyone gets the chance to see the things that I see everyday, so I definitely need to spend more time enjoying and appreciating the environment that surrounds me.  One thing that I do like to do every once in a while is go for a walk down the roads that connect to my house.  I do this by myself and I focus on being diconnected from the online world and even my school work for a short period of time.  I think this allows me to connect to my environment a bit more, but I do think that I could appreicate my environment much more than I currently do.

The article “The Creative Journal: A Power Tool for Learning” by William Hammond helped me decide what I wanted to do for this first creative piece.  Because I have never done an activity similar to this one, I didn’t really know where to start.  Throughout his article, he suggests many things. One thing that he suggests is that “the environmental education journal helps connect the journaler develop a personal connection to the local environment.” This helped me analyze my connection to the environment and how the environment effects my everyday life.  It helped me realize that there are so many beautiful sights of the environment that surround me each and every day.  Hammond also suggests a few different ideas for creative journals including object and picture collages.  I put these two suggestions together to make this super personal idea of the environment and how it has impacted my life, even when I don’t realize it or fully engage with it.