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.