Rachel Carson’s Man and the Stream of time possesses enlightening perspectives of nature that have been marinating in her mind for ten years. Her writing reflects upon the effects that man has on nature and the role he plays in the ever changing environment. Her sole observation is that it is man’s nature to want to conquer the world, but nature is not one to be conquered. The writer affirms that nature is an entity that must be dignified, Like English poet Francis Thompson said, “Thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of a star.” Most environmentalist would agree that nature is not stationary, we cut the trees now today, its not just the trees that disappear ten years from now. As humanity advances, we create a multitude of
On October 6th 2015, the students of Mattawan’s AP Environmental class took a trip to the local stream of the Mattawan Consolidated Schools area. The purpose of this trip was to conduct a stream study to determine the health, conditions, and pollution levels of this small body of water. A multitude of factors came into play when making a judgement on the stream’s health, and making sure to take all of these essential points was crucial to the study. A variety of thorough experiments were conducted to help make this overlying conclusion, as many students adopted many roles in the study. Students used a physical survey form, water test data sheet, and taxa recording sheet to record their findings. Teamwork was essential in making sure all of this information could be found accurately and efficiently. The combination of all of the final results allowed the class to make a judgement of the stream’s state.
The ecological quizzes asked about individual behaviors relating to transportation, energy, food, recycling, pollution, and possessions. Essentially, all behaviors mentioned in the quizzes have some sort of impact on the environment. Both quizzes asked about what type of transportation was most frequently used and also about solar energy. In addition, the quizzes focused on how much you eat and what you eat. These certain behaviors are featured in the quizzes because they have the potential to contribute to a carbon, or ecological footprint. This “footprint” is one’s impact on the environment. One’s impact on the environment is made up of small decisions--either positive or negative--over his or her lifetime. These decisions can include: choosing
Tuesday October 7th 2014 Shaneik Smith Professor Williams Writ 101 Wangari Bibliography Maathai, Wangari. Unbowed: A Memoir. New York, Random House, 2006. Print.
I signed up to take AP Environmental Science this year because I was more interested in taking it than expanding on solely biology or chemistry. This course includes several different fields of study which is why I thought it would be very interesting and I would learn about several subjects compared to just one. Before completing any work for this course, my definition of environmental science would have been, the study of elements of the environment such as climate, soil, and water. I also would have thought that the term environmentalism meant simply protecting the environment. The difference between environmental science and environmentalism is that environmental science is the study of the environment which runs more tests and experiments
This environmental and social context has always encouraged me to better myself, the members of my family, and the rest of the society that dwells in there. Obtaining my undergraduate degree in Microbiology and my master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics allowed me to work for nearly eight years in public goals oriented to sustainability in the Amazon Region. In my professional experience I noticed that we are losing the fight against environmental degradation, despite the efforts of Colombian institutions inspired by the Rio de Janeiro Convention. My experiences in life, along with my academic and professional background, have enlightened my pathway to earn a PhD degree and become a pioneer for women in the Colombian Amazon region to reach a doctoral degree.
Maathai experienced once she returned home to Kenya. Sexism is an issue that many women face all over the world and it is refreshing (but not surprising) that Maathai wanted equal pay and benefits for her work. Being an accomplished and educated woman she would not expect anything less than being treated the same as her male counterparts. During her husband’s election, she faced a lot of criticism because of her Americanized education and was considered part of the elite class because of this. It was acceptable for men to embrace Westerner culture and not criticized for this. But women, being the custodians of culture must always promote their
The Nelson Institute was my top choice graduate program precisely because of the dedication to an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies, and I would cherish the opportunity to lead students as they explore various manifestations of the human-environment relationship.
Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan political and environmental activist and her country 's assistant minister of environment, natural resources and wildlife. In 1971, Wangari Maathai became the first woman in either East or Central Africa to earn a doctorate. She later was elected to Kenya 's National Assembly in the country’s first free election in 2002, and has written several books and scholarly articles. She is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her "holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights, and women 's rights in particular." She started the Green Belt movement, which is women in the community who plant trees in order to improve the quality of living throughout Africa. Wangari Maathai pours her accumulation of knowledge and years of experience in her book The Challenge for Africa. In this book she not only speaks of the problems that African communities face but provides thoughtful solutions on how to get African Countries back on the right track.
Wangari Maathai brought about this change with her Green Belt Movement. She felt that action needed to be taken to prevent rainfall from washing out vital crops that affected the communities in Kenya and other African countries. This movement not only brought on the planting of trees and crops throughout the land but it helped her to understand the problems that were arising in Kenya. This is where she learned of the corruption of the Kenyan government and how it was affecting her people. This is when she truly found that their needed to be action taken to make a change for Kenya.
In William Gibson’s Neuromancer the natural world has become virtually nonexistent. The environment has essentially been destroyed and replaced with man-made technology, and anything genuinely ‘natural’ has become unfamiliar and even intimidating to humans. People in the dystopian society of Neuromancer are able to manipulate the ecological world to an incredible extent, so much so that even the human body has become unnatural through the use of medical technology such as artificial organs. However, despite the incredible abilities of technology in Neuromancer, certain imperfections show that humans are still incapable of recreating everything that they have destroyed, and thus Gibson is encouraging environmental preservation in the underlying themes of his book. Gibson’s portrayal of the environment, or lack thereof, in this future dystopia represents his fear of what the world would become if humans were to abandon nature. It is regrettably clear from the beginning of the novel that even the few aspects of nature that have not been destroyed by human activity are no longer viewed with admiration, nor do they contain beauty like they do in the real world; they are dull, gray, and unnerving.
It is so natural, in our current world, to feel disengaged from the physical earth. In spite of desperate notices and heightening worry over the condition of our planet, many individuals became in touch with the normal world. Wangari Maathai invested decades of working with the Green Belt Movement to help ladies in provincial Kenya plant and maintain many trees. With their hands in the soil, these ladies frequently got themselves engaged and "at home" in a way they never did. Maathai wanted to confer that inclination to everybody, and trusts that the key lies in conventional qualities such as adore for the earth, self-improvement, appreciation and regard, and a pledge to benefit. Maathai wanted to create a value-driven society of people who consciously work for continued improvement of their livelihoods and a greener, cleaner world; to strive for better environmental management, community empowerment, and livelihood improvement using tree-planting as an entry point.
The program that I have chosen to study is the Environmental technology program at S.A.I.T and this is important not because I want to shut down all the “dirty energy” companies that work in the oil and gas or coal sector but because I want to make them better and more sustainable so that the resources will last longer. More people should think this way because the world needs these companies to survive and it would be economic suicide to shut just oil and gas down, look at what is happening right now and it is only a downturn. But if new technology is created and new methods are put into place, then what is now seen as the worst form of energy, environmentally it can be seen as something that is more sustainable with less of an environmental impact. This is what my program focuses on, how to reduce waste and how to treat the waste that is created, so when it is either released back into the environment or there is a spill or leak that it will not be as harmful.