We had recently discussed in class the topic of what comes to mind when you think of nature or the environment. For me, my mind had an immediate response, my backyard. I was raised on a farm with plenty of untouched land as well as farm land in order for me to explore. Although, other people may have had a different response due to there being no one correct answer. These variations of images and words that our generation, and past generations, had used were all relatively similar. Many consisting of trees, animals, water, and the basic forms of life outside of the indoors and the electronics. Nut can we say for sure that this will always be what “nature” or “environment” brings to mind for future generations?
Forests are vital for human and animal life, providing everything from oxygen and medicine to clothes. But we are losing our forests rapidly, quite faster than what our future generations may be able to handle. On average, 46-48 thousand square miles of forest is lost each year, that’s 48 football fields.. a year! Even with people protecting and conserving some of the wildlife, it is still obvious that forests are not just magically forming as fast as they are being destroyed. What happens when we run out? How will basic life necessities be filled, how will “environment” be described? Will it consist of the next way that technology finds to solve of world problems? Artificial trees?
I guess my point is, the image of nature or environment is much more deep than what it may seem. How the given generation views these two words, and what comes to mind, is a reflection of our actions, years and years of actions. If we are to ask future generations to describe or draw what comes to mind and it is in the form of 100% technology rather than having fundamentals of the outdoors, have we really done our jobs of preserving and caring for the Earth. This is a scary thought, with a much more difficult solution. It has me wondering and torn about which is most important between anthropocentric, ecocentric, or one of the betweens. Is there a common ground? Is there one right answer? Or should society focus on the now and here, teaching and showing children all the up to date forms of our world.
By: Josie Silvey