Learning about how to preserve the environment has always been one of my interests, and having a forester as a grandfather encouraged my passion for the environment and animals. A couple years ago, I took a class called Religion and the Earth with Dr. Christopher Bache, and it made me more aware of what humans are doing to the environment. Finding out that the environment is in danger caused me to change my minor from Fashion Merchandising to Environmental Studies. By doing this project I hoped to discover more information explaining what is in store for the environment's future if we continue in our wasteful ways. I wanted to reach a consensus with my materials and acquire more supporting evidence proving an ecological crash could be in the near future if we don't do something fast.
[...] Berry, Thomas. The Great Work. New York: Bell Tower-Random House “Book Reviews: Renewing the Earth.” The National Catholic Weekly Mar
[...] Together these articles reveal the fact that a shift of consciousness is taking effect; although, there are many people who do not comprehend what is happening to the environment. My first image is a current trajectory of the state of the world. It shows that our industrial output is peaking while our natural resources are drastically decreasing. Simultaneously, there is a population, food, and pollution increase before they drastically decline. This image is vital in presenting the fact that we cannot live the same way we do now, otherwise, the world will change for us and accommodate how it sees fit (self- destruction). [...]
[...] During the population growth to 3 billion people will be added to the world; this is equivalent to adding the state of New York each month to the earth (Elgin 24-25)! A mass extinction will take place that not only involves humans but also will involve all other living things. Scientists are predicting that 1/5 of all species could disappear within 30 years, and this is detrimental to us because 25% of all drugs prescribed in the United States are derived from wild organisms (27-28). [...]
[...] More Linking I think my cluster has attributed to other clusters we discussed like the New World and Vietnam cluster. Native Americans were very in tune with nature, and they understood the balance of give and take that helps keep the environment in balance. We saw in the Pocahontas video how the white colonists disrespected the earth and had no problem destroying it for their greedy desires. Also in The Things They Carried, O'Brien made many references to nature. During Vietnam it seemed as though nature was the soldiers way of escaping the horrible reality of death and killing. [...]
[...] In my cluster notebook I have included a book review and author bibliography for each of my main texts. The book reviews include a detailed description about what each book is about, direct quotations from the book, and opinions from other readers. I felt these book reviews would summarize the main ideas of the books, so the other resources in my notebook could be easily related to the main texts. The bibliographies of Duane Elgin and Thomas Berry were included to show credibility and prove that the claims of these two authors should be taken seriously. [...]
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