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Thoreau: The “bean” example

I like Thoreau’s explanation in Hull’s Infinite Nature page 201 using a “bean” as an example. Growing a plant from a seed till it provides fruits is a lot of work. This process shows a humans connection with nature. We clean out fields to prepare the land for plantation, use fertilizers etc, according to Thoreau this attaches us to earth. At times we tend to forget that we are part of ecological system. For example Hull’ Infinite Nature pointed out that the beans grow not just for us but also for woodchucks, bears, birds, soil microbes and themselves. We depend on the “beans” and so are many other living and non living organisms. So human’s relationship with nature goes deeper than we can imagine.

What is global dimming?

I just read an article (see link below) that discusses about global dimming. Its a new term to me and I wanted to share. Global dimming is the reduction of heat reaching the earth. Normally, clouds are white, shinny and reflective and they help to reflect the sun’s heat energy back to the space. Green house gases, fossil fuel and other emissions change the formation of the clouds and increases reflection of heat energy. The overall lowers the amount if heat reaching the earth’s surface. SO GLOBAL WARMING IS NOT ALL THAT BAD!

http://www.globalissues.org/article/529/global-dimming

Proposal: Agriculture modernization vs Environment since 1930’s

Throughout the course this semester I have learned lots of new materials out my comfort zone. It has been a new learning experience from blogging to watching movies. It is obvious that two months course is not enough to understand the study of anthropocene but at least it gave me an idea of where to start. I am looking at the weather changes such as floods and high temperatures in more meaningful way. Throughout the years especially from around 1930’s there have been massive technology developments that have changed ways we do things. Technology development has significantly impacted the agriculture industry in positive and negative ways as we know. The world population is exponentially growing while the natural resources to sustain the growing population are still the same. Modernizing means of agriculture has helped to solve the issue of natural resources by increasing efficiency and produces. On the other hand agriculture modernization has had a significant impact on the environment as well. Due to agriculture modernization more land for cultivation is need and that has caused environmental destruction and soil erosion. Also to increase efficiency farmers use pesticides and fertilizers that are harmful to the environment (soil and water sources). Agriculture modernization has increased water demands and this has forced farmers to use water sources that would otherwise be preserved. Water pollution may not necessary be here in the U.S but in developing countries such as Africa, Asia and South America. My thesis tries to show the impact that agriculture modernization has had in the world and U.S especially since the 1930’s.

Thesis: I would like to defend the fact that even though agriculture modernization has greatly changed globe for good its side effects (environmental destruction, soil erosion, deforestation etc) are greater in a negative way and gradually catching up with us.

References

(2013). Agriculture, food science and environment: About the discipline. The center on religion

            and professions, Retrieved June 30, 2013 from http://www.religionandprofessions.org.

Conkin, P. K. (2009). A revolution down on the farm. Lexington, KY: The University Press of

Kentuky.

Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. (2004). World population to

            2300. Retrieved June 30, 2013 from website: un.org

Lacey, R.,(2008). 50 Harmful effects of genetically modified (GM) foods. Retrieved June 30,

2013 from http://www.raw-wisdom.com.

Wadley , G., & Martin, A. (n.d.). The origins of agriculture: a biological perspective and a new

hypothesis. Retrieved from http://www.ranprieur.com.

Into the wild

           I felt sorry for the person the real “Chris McCandless” who was being portrayed in the movie. As a young man just finished his bachelor’s degree the future seem so bright for him. His parents had planned to assist him so he can go to Harvard University but that’s not what Chris had in mind. He gave away all his belongings and disappeared into Alaska.  There is different aspects to look at when you watch this movie. As I was watching the movie I got so drawn to think about the intense pain he ended up causing family, made his family have sleepless nights asking themselves questions that never got answered. I do consider that being selfish of him to leave his family like that. But for the sake of this class I will focus at the nature’s aspect and the forces that drove Chris to make that life changing move.
          There are flashbacks throughout the movie and it begins by showing the end of movie. The movie was emotional especially seeing him going through all those difficulties along that tough journey. One thing I learned in this movie is that not everything that is natural is good for use. This is true as we see that Chris’s death is caused by eating wild sweet pea instead of wild potato. Also I am sure that every human to some extent has that instinct that wants to connect with nature. Whether its foods we eat or environments that they live in. Am sure this instinct is probably one of the reasons why Chris left so much behind to go into the wild.
            There are some other life lessons shown in the movie such as forgiveness and also how parents should raise their kids. Chris and his father did not have a good relationship; his father was a very strict  and all he cared about is success. That built anger and resentment in Chris over time and he wasnot able to forgive his father. That seems to be another reason why he felt the only way out is to run away from the people that made him feel miserable. Parents need to be more understanding and not too strict on their parenting because at times that can pushing young minds over the edge. Also regardless of the circumstances in life, we need to forgive because I believe that had Chris forgiven his father he probably would not have left the family.
            So in general I consider that due to strict parenting styles by his father and lack of forgiveness by Chris he ended up dying in the wild and his family suffered a tremendous pain. In my opinion every one lost in this scenario but may be Chris died with some sort of personal satisfaction that he was more connected to nature than if he had stayed at home.
            -Alvin
 

Princess mononoke

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“Princess Mononoke” the movie starts by showing the distraction of the forests. The movie is a Japanese cartoon animated film that shows the invaded village by “demons”. The movie starts somehow a little scary as the ugly big boar creature chase down the villagers. Prince Ashitaka got bit by a weird animal and was considered cursed so he was forced to leave the village and head west. The movie is somehow interesting and this is the first time I see it. Made in 1999 by director H. Miyazaki this movie is somehow difficult to relate to the subject of anthropocene at the beginning. As I watched the movie the theme of the movie kept on unfolding and the message got clear.
The most interesting thing about this movie is their beliefs that these villagers have in regards to Gods and demons. Their lives revolve around what they believe and nature is connected to the Gods. While heading west prince Ashitaka ended in “Ironland” a town that was built by clearing the forests. The land was cleared to obtain iron-sand that is used to make iron as men and women work together. The process of clearing the land upsets the Gods and the Gods are fighting back. The Gods in this movie as depicted as wolves led by the princess of the wolf Gods and they are attacking people of Ironland. People of Ironland are forced to develop guns in order to prepare to fight back against the Gods.
The theme of this movie is based on the environment and how the destruction of natural resources upsets the powers of Gods and demons. Relating to the real world I am not sure if this is what is happening to our earth today as we irresponsibly consume our natural resources. Just as seen in previous assigned movies “The day after tomorrow” and “Avatar” humans efforts have significantly destruct natural resources and the effects eventually end up affecting humans. It may take many years before nature fights back eventually it always does. We cannot continue to think that nature and environment are there to serve us any way we want. We have to understand that we (humans) are also a part of nature that we destroy and we have to live in peace and harmony with it.

-Alvin

The land of ethic

          “The land of ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, water, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land”. This quote really sums it all from what I want to discuss about this article and overall materials for this week.  This quote from the “The land of ethic” article also relates to the assigned movie that we are watching this week “Princess Mononoke”. As the article indicates that even though it is part of human’s nature to compete in our environment we are also required to cooperate in our community in order to have an environment to compete for. As we know for any competition to flourish there have to be rules and regulations that guide each participant. As part of the community that involves waters, soils, plants and other animals: humans have to live by the rules. Humans have to respect the well beings of other members of the community because without their existence humanity will end.

          I know this may not sound too fancy to manufacturing industries which dump their poisoned waters and gases to the environment. For example, let’s say the waters and gases from these manufacturing industries should be purified before being disposed to the environment. The process of purification is another project that will cost millions of dollars without any financial gain. That is why they avoid this debate. They understand how costly it is to conserve the environment. But this is the reality now that we have to conserve our environment at any cost. We live in a world where technology develops each and every day so I believe if we start purifying wastes from industries or cars etc as time goes and new technologies develop the cost of purifying these materials will decrease. Look at cars, computers and phones they were expensive and not available to many after their discoveries. Today almost everyone has access to these items and at a very low costs and life would be difficult without them.

    -Alvin

Forecasting the End: Nothing lasts forever

Last night when I was watching TV I happened to turn to weather channel and they had this episode called “Forecasting the end: Nothing last forever”. The episode discusses about the changes that happens into our solar system that may contribute to the end of humanity. The episode shows indication that our earth is slightly moving off the orbit due to man made changes. The effects of global warming play a huge in the earth’s displacement. If the earth completely displaced from its orbit that means we are moving away from the sun. As we know life on earth is supported by being at a constant distance from the sun. Moving away from the sun means that’s the beginning of the end of life on earth. Temperatures will go down and every living organism will freeze to death.

After watching that episode I become more interested on researching about other species extinctions that have previously happened. Over 98% of documented species are now extinct. Dinosaurs after living 160 million years they got extinct. There have been five life extinctions from when life started on earth. This makes me wonder is this just part of nature that species occupy earth for just period of time and then get extinct or species are the ones casing that extinction?. May be our way of extinction is through self-destruction where global warming and overpopulation depletes earth’s natural resources and that becomes the beginning of the end.

-Alvin