While reading Diehm’s essay, Identification with Nature, I would couldn’t help but think about a time when I was made about something that happened to my environment. I grew up in a logging community and cutting trees was a way of life, but so was replanting. It was natural to have a clearcut and then to see it start growing again. I went off to college and then joined the Army and when I came back to visit I was really excited to see the drive home. This drive was beautiful, over hills through trees, over creeks and rivers, by fields and then back through trees. Then the picture was abruptly disrupted. John Seed talks about how he connected with the rainforest and was literally defending it/himself”. Just outside my small town used to be some of the biggest trees that lined HWY 101 and they were gone. I remember the sick feeling that something was wrong. This was not just logging but looked wrong. I remember just thinking why couldn’t they cut somewhere else? I grew up with the trees blocking all of the views, to now staring at this waste land. 5 years has gone by and now there small trees growing, but it is not the same.
Identification with ones environment is something that takes time and is conflicting. We know things have to change but we want things to stay the same. When the change is our backyard and affects our families we feel the hurt. A rainforest in the Amazon is a million miles away and is hard to connect with.