Interconnected with Nature

My paper will include interpretations of some of the films about the relationship between humans and nature.

My thesis: Humans have a responsibility to conserve nature because we are interconnected.

In my paper I will discuss how the movie Avatar demonstrated a connection with nature. It represented deep ecology, a dark green religion, and animism. I will discuss a little bit of what deep ecology, dark green religion and animism is. I will discuss the connections with human and nature in Princess Monoke. I will discuss biophilia and how nature has healing properties. I will discuss people’s attitudes and actions are determinant in changes in the world. I will discuss some of the problems that were addressed in The Day After Tomorrow. I will talk about the effects humans have on the ecosystem. I will discuss how we have fragmented natures where there is mining and development in other countries by large corporations destroying the natural habitat. I will also talk about depleting nature by extracting natural resources. I will discuss polluting nature with fossil fuels, CO2, and garbage. I will also discuss the growing population and urbanization. I will talk a little bit about Into the Wild and I will discuss how man must be a steward towards nature. In conclusion, I will discuss how we can live together with nature through conservation.

Some of my resources are in APA format:

Kahn, P. H., Severson, R. L., & Ruckert, J. H. (2009). The Human Relation With Nature and Technological Nature. Current Directions In Psychological Science (Wiley-Blackwell), 18(1), 37-42. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8721.2009.01602.x

In this source it discusses how nature helps in the healing process and it discusses biophilia.

Gallis, M., Moll, G., & Millar, H. (2007, September). Assessing Humans & Nature: 5 Impacts. American Forests. pp. 34-40.

This source discusses the relationship between humans and nature and the impact we are having on the environment.

KAREIVA, P., & MARVIER, M. (2012). What Is Conservation Science?. Bioscience, 62(11), 962-969. doi:10.1525/bio.2012.62.11.5

This talks about conservation being an expression of human values and how the fate of people and nature are connected.

CHAPTER 2: Conservation Efforts. (2008). Rural Teens & Nature: Conservation & Wildlife Rehabilitation, 20-45.

This article discusses how things in our environment are affected by us.

Klassen, C. (2012). Avatar, Dark Green Religion, and the Technological Construction of Nature. Cultural Studies Review, 18(2), 74-88.

This talks about Bron Taylor’s Dark Green Religion: a value system that there is a kinship with the rest of life.


2 responses to “Interconnected with Nature

  1. This sounds great, Ava! Very thorough and good job on the proposal and bibliography. My main concern is that you are probably aiming to do too much for a paper of this length. Your thesis is quite broad, which makes it rather vague, and which creates the temptation to throw everything you can into the mix. Some questions to consider: What specific responsibility do we have? What exactly do you mean by nature’s “demise”? Are we supposed to return nature to some previous state? Which one? How are we defining a “healthy” nature as opposed to the one we have created? These questions aren’t meant to suggest you’re not headed in the right direction, just to give you a sense of how you might try to focus and refine your thesis. Also, I’m not sure it makes sense to try and deal with all 4 films we’ve watched. If they fit, so be it, but you might be better off with more sustained discussions of one or two of them.

  2. Ok Thanks I’ll work on that.

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