Ecoliteracy Poem with Braiding

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Look outside the window, flowers are blooming

Turn around and listen, the birds are singing

Touch the greenery, take a deep breath together

We are in the place where you can free your mind

But remember,

The earth won’t always be the same unless you appreciate it

Be out of your comfort zone

It’s time to make a harmony with nature

By Sua


I wrote my poem by addressing two points together. One: environment is not far from us. We can easily feel and be a part of nature as we are already living in there. Environment is neither far, nor something special; It is what we see, smell, hear, touch and taste. It is what we breathe every day. However, I think that people tend to not recognize humans consisting of environment, which keeps people from appreciating and respecting to what the earth has been giving.

This thought has led to my second point: it is time to work for nature. I wanted people to be aware of the impact of their behaviours on environment, hence we, as humans, would take an action and stop damaging nature. Also, I did not set up any specific target person for my poem because I thought it would be hard for one person to work alone in order to make a difference in the environment. Instead, I opened this poem to all, including myself, so then everyone can make a connection to themselves.

I found Clair threw a similar thought in her poem, but in a more inspiring way. By asking “Will we ever realize the damage? Or will we keep taking advantage?”, she awakened people to open their eyes and see what they have caused to the environment. As what she pointed out, “Soon we will feel regret, Soon we will feel sad” if we don’t start to take care of our nature. We better do right now before it becomes too late.

On the other hand, I found someone who was different in Brianna’s poem. In my poem, I had people who may not notice the beauty of nature close to them, or who may not appreciate how privilege we are because of the nature. Therefore, I encouraged people to ‘take an action’ for the nature. However, Brianna described someone who lives her life by being “connected” to the nature. Through her poem, I realized that we don’t necessarily have to make a huge change in order to appreciate the environment. It can be a simple step, such as recognizing “the relationship she has with her tomato plants.”

Actually, the word “relationship” resonated me here. The process of building a relationship – even if it’s a small scale – requires a commitment from both sides. In a similar vein, life of human kind, animals, plants, insects and all other living things are depending on the relationships with each other and their responsibilities to the connectedness. In other words, environment and what consists of it is all about, as what Capra (2007) said, “Interdependence.” One of the significant reasons why we, as humans are able to continue our lives is because we are benefiting from the sustainable nature, which is what all other living things and the environment surrounds us allow us to coexist with them. However, as “sustainability always involves a whole community” (Capra, 2007), we should understand the idea of coexistence and give back to the environment in order to maintain this thankful sustainability. With this thought, I would like you to read the last line of my poem: It’s time to make a harmony with nature. By understanding and contributing to this harmony, we will become ecoliterate.


I made a reference list and included Capra’s journal, as well as both of Brianna’s and Claire’s poems because I would like to acknowledge their beautiful pieces and give credits to them, as they have offered me a new insight of ecoliteracy.

References

Capra, F. (2007). Sustainable Living, Ecological Literacy, and the Breath of Life. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 12. Retrieved from: https://cjee.lakeheadu.ca/article/vie w/624/507

Polasek, B. (2017). Mom. Retrieved from: https://bripolasek.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/m om/

Tochor, C. (2017). Ecoliteracy Love Poem. Retrieved from: https://clairetochorsblog.wordpre ss.com/2017/01/25/ecoliteracy-love-poem-3/

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CJ#1: 4 Elements of the Earth

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For my first visual representation, I drew some symbols that represents Water, Sun, Soil and Air.

These four elements are simple and basic things that we can easily find in our daily lives. They are the ones what make the environment, and to extent, the world to be sustainable and allow all living things – including humans, of course – to be alive.

Nevertheless, because we are too familiar with these critical elements, we often forget how important they are. Even more, we cause damages on them, which brings a huge impact on other species, as well as ourselves. In other words, we are not very good at appreciating all the benefits that we receive from our nature. Consequently, the nature we are living in is continuously being damaged and suffering from global warming and climate change.

However, to make a change in this problem, I would argue that the first thing we can do is to be aware of how our little acts would impact on the environment and being responsible for. Because as what R. W. Kimmerer said, “at least we can do in return is to pay attention.” Also In this way, humans could become more respectful and what Friluftsliv suggests, learn how to “interact with nature.”

Additionally, it is important for us educators to know this awareness. Because when we pass down the awareness to our next generations, they would recognize themselves within the nature, which will result in fruitful communications between humans and the nature.

Remind R. W. Kimmerer’s question: “How will people ever care for the fate of moss spiders if we don’t teach students to recognize and respond to the world as gift?”