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Last thought

To all in the class, 

I had a great time writing and reading and collobrating with you guys on this subject. Something I read this week made think why all of this talk and research is so important. Take a look at this link A sad reality of the world we are living in is the fact that we are having to build domes to play in to be safe from the pollution we have created. My hope is the conversation doesn’t stop but continues and people and governments take action before the world has these domes everywhere. How sad would it be to live like that.




Research Paper Proposal- Changing our way of thinking about nature and business

In the first part of my paper I am going to lay out my personal philosophy of humans and their interactions with nature. My proposal is one of mutual respect. I am going to lay out how humans need to not have “dominion” over nature but need to be guardians and by protecting earth we protect our future. My goal is to take the bible verse from Genesis 1:26 and dissect this to make relevant point in how this use of word has been misused and abused to prove a point that humans were meant to be caregivers not dictators. I am going to lay out the use of the word dominion/rule/master and show the different translations of the word from Hebrew and then talk about harmony. I will lead into how businesses can be in harmony and not destroy the environment and work with the environment. I am going to then show a little on how policies are made that affect business. As this is a very broad subject I am going to be focusing within the lumber industry for my sources. I came to this decision because I was watching the Lorax with my kids and we got to talking about why all the trees were gone. I grew up in a logging community that thrived on trees, but understood the importance of planning on the future. I will conclude with a basis of how humans can be in harmony with nature while taking care of their families.


Deforestation is a necessity but by relooking at our value system and our business practice, business can meet the needs to protect the environment and economically support the human race.

Some of my resources are included below:

Canipe, L. (2010). Rethinking . Christian Ethics Today, (80), 21. Retrieved from      

Deforestation. (n.d.). Retrieved from              warming/deforestation-overview/

Dyk, A. (2011, Summer). Canadian deforestation mapping and carbon accounting for kyoto agreement.         Retrieved from    mapping-and-carbon-accounting-for-kyoto-agreement.html

Gorte, R., & Sheikh, P. Congressional Research Service, Members and Committees of Congress.                (2010). Deforestation and Climate Change (R41144)

Henry, M. (1960). L. Church (Ed.), Matthew Henry’s Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Treviño, A. (2013). The cemex approach to biodiversity conservation. Retrieved from                     biodiversity_11_final02a.pdf.

Urquhart, G., Chomentowski, W., Skole, D. & Barber, C. (n.d.). Tropical deforestation. Earth Observatory,       Retrieved from                deforestation_2001.pdf

All but a little bitty spot

On Page 8 Emerson says ” Standing on the bare ground…. all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transaparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all…” Hull talks in Chapter 9 that the western civilization is taught we are better than nature because we made in the image of God. In a 100 years or so our life vanishes from the planet, we become dust again but during that hundred years we can change things for good or for bad. Thoreau talks about walking and leaving society for time to think and appreciate Nature. When in the wild we can begin to see the insufficients of one little human. But we are sufficient as we can destroy Nature very easily with our little bit of pollution or a camp fire that was not contained or dumping of our car oil into the soil. Little things compound to make a bigger deal. We should look at ourselves as less important and more in harmony with everybody and all things.

Screening Report: Into The Wild

Into the Wild is an interesting film based on a real story. Chris Mccandless is a young man in a search to find out the truth in the world. He has had a good upbringing by society’s standards (family has money and parents are together, he is smart…) but Chris feels lied to and that something is missing. Into the Wild is a tragedy in the making. Chris leaves without telling his family and spends almost two years on his own meeting new people and making friends all over North America. He finds he likes people, but is torn by his need to explore and be on his own. He ends up leaving each of the people or groups of people to find his next adventure. We see Chris traveling down the Colorado River with no regards to the rules, hitchhiking, sleeping under the stars. His sister narrates the story for us and gives a different perspective on Chris and his life. Chris never realizes how much he has hurt his family or the pain caused. He has no regards for the feelings of his family in the film. He does show compassion and caring to his hippie friends and their worries, or to his friend Ron who has given up on life. Chris dies alone but before he dies, he writes this in his book; “Happiness is only real when shared”. To me it sounds like he realizes he was most truly happy around his friends (Wayne, Rainey and Jan, Ron, and Tracy).

Most of the movie is done in close up shots of Chris or his family or friends. The scenery is not the focus of the shots, but is a small back drop. The final shot though is an aerial shot above the train car and keeps panning out to really seeing the land he was living in. This movie could have spent a large amount of screen time on the beautiful country he traveled but instead was spent on his facial experiences or the facial experiences of others. The movie does a good job of not being boring while also not being to over dramatized.  

Screening Report Princess Mononoke

I typically don’t like anime, so when I began watching this film I was not excited. After viewing Princess Mononoke I was pleasantly surprised by the artistic and carefully woven story. Princess Mononoke is about the struggle between nature and humans. Both sides are portrayed as harsh and unforgiving but also as good (Iron Town are hard workers and “gods” are protectors of the forest).  While movie ends with no clear winner, nature does make a comeback after the battle is done and we see the little white creatures (kodama) coming back after all the devastation.   

What really impressed me was how this had a western feel to the movie. We see Ashitaka traveling the countryside and we get to see beautiful scenes of mountains and trees. He battles creatures and falls in love with a girl. He is trying to be the good guy but must fight in the end. There seems to be a battle of good and evil, just not sure of the side as the author seemed to make this ambiqious. The story of protecting the environment or having the most fertile/profitable land in the world is typically but has more to it that makes this film brilliant. Anime done this way is not cheesy and is well thought out and makes the average adult want more. By spending the time and working the colors and the pictures the viewer is drawn into the film as if it were not just another children’s cartoon. The images of San (Princess Mononoke) going through the forest remind me of the mythical forest of Princess Bride. A great film to watch over and over that I am sure after many viewings still has many angles and plots to think about.


Land of the Free or just for the economically advantaged

Land of the Free or just for the economically advantaged

It is interesting how Leopold talks about the land of the free and home of the brave. Later and I quote “Perhaps the most serious obstacle impeding the evolution of a land ethic is the fact that our educational and economic system is headed away from, rather than toward, an intense consciousness of land.” We talk so much about being a free nation but we continually destroy our land and become more dependent on other countries to produce stuff for us. By sending our manufacturing to a country with less environmental and tax restrictions we feed their economy. We also end up causing more environmental problems because of the less restrictive nature and the factory that is used is polluting more than it would have in the US. Hull talks about the religious thoughts in Chapter 9 and how the US is driven by our “right” to have dominion over the land. As the US is “free” shouldn’t those making the laws be concerned about all living things. Leopold talks about the issue that economically driven laws and cultural don’t think about the things that are not economically important. Later he explains how even the insects are important to our way of life.
While in Tahoe I saw so many people traveling there and got experience a beautiful environment. There are many parks in the area and I got to wondering how this impacted the local environment. Because Tahoe is so beautiful, many people come to visit from all over. I got to thinking about the economic impact of this and found a report saying that North Lake Tahoe (not the whole lake) earns 114.8 million a year and produces 4500 jobs because of visitors. How is the environment not important to our decisions? When we can make that much money on visitors because of how beautiful something is, I would think this would be more important.
As a country and individuals we should be worried about our ecological impact because in the long run it hurts us and our kids. We cannot be “free” without being concerned about our environment.

Spooner Lake

spooner lake

I have not posted in the last 10 days because I drove on a trip to Lake Tahoe in California. While I was there I was camping and got to do a lot of thinking. I visited a few different parks along my trip and saw some beautiful scenery. One of my trips was to Spooner Lake a few miles away from Lake Tahoe. The lake was named for Michel Spooner who bought the land for ranching. Eventually this was turned into a lumber center to supply the mines with the needed lumber to mine. This was a booming business but this ruined the land. The park service bought the land in 1920’s and tried to bring it back to life. The pines had been removed and the firs had taken over. The firs were very susceptible to fires and disease. Today towering pines control the area and patches of aspen trees are there also. Trout are plentiful in the lake due to the park making a fish hatchery. The two mile loop around the lake has many historical events to read. The ecological impact of subduing the land almost destroyed the land. The Parks Department did a great job allowing nature to come back and thrive so many generations can enjoy this lake. It is sad how we destroy our environment for our own profit with no thought to the future.