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 http://news.msn.com/world/beijing-schoolkids-play-pollution-free-in-dollar5m-domes. 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.
I thought I would share this kind of interesting connection I had found in my paper:
Another one of the characters that I think is of great importance to the topic of economic politics that gets pushed aside by many people is Dr. Grace Augustine. Author Sverker Sorlin spends much of his essay “Works Of Doubt And Leaps Of Faith: An Augustinian Challenge To Planetary Resilience” talking about Dr. Augustine and her important role in the film. We forget that she is the creator of the avatar program on Pandora and is constantly showing signs of dissent against what the military is doing. She is portrayed as the “supreme authority” about life on Pandora and has become a great example of an “ethno-biologist” and as Sorlin put it that she is, “trying to find out how the finer mechanisms between the human and non-human worlds operate in a local setting” (Sorlin 159). Her research is one that she hopes will protect the Na’vi and their world from the effects of the company’s mining, but like anything it takes time to gather samples and get results. She constantly defends the Na’vi world and is very aggressive the company owner Mr. Selfridge (I think a play on words of selfish) despite the fact that she knows the company pays for her research. Her understanding became that our mismanagement of resources on Earth, seen by how the company is forced off Earth for resources, was proving to be the same result on Pandora. Dr. Augustine leads a life convinced that the Na’vi wisdom of their connection to nature is the greatest resource that one could have.
Well, I do not know if Dr. Findling is going to keep this blog open or close it and then open it later for future students but I thought it would be interesting if you guys could share what you have learned and experienced in this summer class. The first weeks of this course I was like what is this? I hope this course does not make my summer boring. But in my opinion, I have learned and improved lots of things. The way I interpret information about nature and the relationship between the environment and man is more broad now. I judge things with a wiser perspective. Besides this, I also learned things that I did not know about global warming and climate change. I did not actually believe in climate change (like most people) before this course, but after all the things that I have read from the books infinite nature, emerson’s “nature” and thoureau’s “walking,” what we know about the climate change and all the articles online, I can say that this has totally changed the way I think. Another thing that I have learned is how to critic a film, which is something that it is more important than we think. I used to post online about movies without caring about what I was saying, but it is nice to learn things from the book “a short guide to writing about film” and know how to organize and think about what you are going to post. Screening the Anthropocene has been a really good experience to me. A pleasure to share opinions and information with you guys and Dr. Findling. Take care all of you and have a good rest of the summer. Good luck for this semester.
I was finishing up Hull’s book Infinite Nature tonight since I’ve been working on my paper this week and I definitely see a lot of similarities between Hull’s chapter 12 and Thoreau and Emerson’s essays. Hull speaks about people using nature in a relaxing way – in order to get away from the stresses of everyday life. This reminded me a lot of the things Thoreau spoke about in his essay. Hull writes about modern times, whereas Thoreau was writing about simpler times back when he was around, but both are making the same statements: Nature is soothing. Hull also gives many descriptions of nature that remind me of Emerson’s essay. Hull writes about being able to “smell the soil…, feel the cool breeze against your skin, hear the leaves rustle in the air, and watch puffy clouds float above a swaying canopy” (page 183). The description of this scene in nature reminds me of exactly the kind of scene one would read in Emerson’s essay. I just thought it was kind of cool how we were reading the last couple chapters of Hull’s book at the same time as reading the two essays by Emerson and Thoreau and how much all three tied in together.
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.
While I was working on my paper and researching about new alternative energies, I found offshore wind farms. Offshore wind farms are situated on the sea, where the winds are generally stronger than the land-based wind farms. In places like UK or Denmark you can see that there are offshore wind farms and they work perfectly. The US has recently accepted to invest in those and they are working on building them. One of the good things about this renewable energy is that it does not hurt the environment nor the species that they live on the sea. The process of making electricity is completely clean and safe and it does not emit pollution. In this video you can see how the build a windmill on the sea. I think is pretty interesting. You should check it out!