What does it mean to me to be an ecoliterate person?
To me it is being apart of and engaging with the environment around you:
It is enjoying every breath of fresh air you take;
Loving every moment in nature on a warm summer day;
Capturing every breathtaking experience in the world;
Making unforgettable memories in our environment;
and taking your time to stop and smell the flowers;
Just being there in the moment; right here on planet earth
Nothing is better than the world we live in;
So let’s take a moment and think of what we can do to give back to the world;
Something just as good as the world gives to us.
You need to be the change in the world;
So lets seek change, and make it happen;
For a better world for us all.
For my creative journal I have made just a simple but meaningful drawing of what I interpreted from Robin Wall Kimmerers story Maple Nation, as well as ways to leap into action to help with reciprocity to the land. Robins story really got me to think about the trees, she refers to the trees as “standing people” and I think that it’s true and people these days don’t think about trees as people, they don’t give back to the trees or care for them when that’s how we live, breathe, and write. The trees help every aspect of our world and they are just taken for granted. So I think that everyone should be trying to give back to the trees and earth and it means a lot to me that I start to follow this as well, I can’t be hypocritical and say we need to change, but never act on it.
Throughout reading Robins story and watching before the flood documentary it has really opened my eyes. I never knew that out world was in such danger, I never knew that we are at great risks for flooding of countries and rainforest animals going extinct and millions of more issues. These have really taught me that I need to be doing my part to try and make our environment better for the sake of our lives, as well as exotic and regular animals lives. I need to be doing as much as I can on my part whether it be recycling more, or trying to compost my fruits, or reducing my use of paper and plastic. But I now realize just how important these issues really are and that I need to start doing my part to create a healthier environment.
The environment to me is what is in these pictures, breathtaking moments that you will live with forever. The environment is such a beautiful and mesmerizing place, I love adventuring and seeing the world around me. I have gotten all of these amazing pictures on a trip across the country. I recently went on an amazing adventure with someone special. I flew to Boston, Massachusetts to see my loved one who was living there and after a few days we drove home from there all the way back to our original hometown Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. It was an awesome experience and I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to see different parts of our world and environment, from big big mountains and lots of trees and forests, to dry flat Saskatchewan. I feel so connected to these pictures and it gives me the feeling that I am right back there living in that beautiful moment when I look at them.
When I read The Sound of Silverbells, I really felt when she said “The world is so richly endowed that the least we can do in return is to pay attention.” I think this is so true because people just take it for granted, they are not connecting with their world, nor do they care about it. Some people don’t take the time to stop and smell the flowers, when they should. I also connected with her when she said she likes to hike quietly, just looking, just being there. I am the same way, when I am somewhere new, walking around and feeling out the new environment, I like to take in every moment, smell the air, look at all of the amazing things around me, and cherish that I get to experience and live in this environment. It means so much more to me than just dirt and grass and trees, I see the world as a beautiful place and I will never forget the amazing experiences I have had in it.