What it Means to be and Ecoliterate Person
To be an ecoliterate person, you should understand the environment (nature) and help keep our environment clean for future generations. There are tons of actions you can do to connect with nature, and take care of our environment. When describing what it means to be an ecoliterate person, some people may have similar or different definitions from you on what it means to be “ecoliterate.”
To be an ecoliterate person Jade states that we could begin by “being a part of and engaging with the environment around [us].” Jade’s view is similar to mine, as she described an ecoliterate person as someone who connects has a relationship with our environment. In my poem I describe someone who “admire[s] the animals, plants, and trees, [f]rom squirrels to flowers to evergreens.” Our environment is a beautiful place, and we should learn to love “every moment in nature … [and] [make] unforgettable memories in our environment.” Jade’s poem is similar to my poem, as both poems focus on the admiration of our environment and the relationships we have with nature. Another poem that is similar to mine is Mack’s poem. In Mack’s poem he states that “small step[s] you see … could change the Earth, you and me.” To be an ecoliterate person you should notice and care about the changes that are happening around us. In my poem I also discuss the changes that are occurring; “You care about the changes that are happening around us, [w]hile other people stand around and make such a fuss, [a]bout the issue of climate change or global warming, [y]ou notice that these changes are very alarming.” In both Mack’s poem and my poem we discuss that there are actions that can be done to disrupt what is happening (climate change). Mack focuses on the act of recycling; ” Recycling is such a small step you see,” but this small step is a good place to start. In my poem I discuss a few small actions that can be done, from “reduc[ing], reus[ing], and recycle[ing],” to walking or biking instead of driving, and picking up garbage off the ground. These “[s]mall actions … will help keep our environment clean.” In both Mack’s poem and my poem we state that everyone must work together and “do their part” in order to see any huge changes. It seems that both Mack’s, Jade’s, and my poem speak of being ecoliterate as connecting with nature, and caring and helping out our environment.
A poem that I found to be different from mine is Mateus’ poem. I enjoyed reading Mateus’ poem, as it had a different view then mine, on what it means to be ecoliterate. Mateus’ poem was discussing ecoliteracy in a scientific viewpoint. Mateus discusses the environment using different word to describe the same thing; ” I see parrots, I see maritacas, I see Psittacara leucophtalma.” He uses words such as “Psittacara leucophtalma” to describe parrots, to show us that we need to have a deeper understanding of nature (learn about nature in a deeper, scientific context). In doing so we can think about the negative changes that are occurring, in a scientific framework. Mateus discusses that “[w]e must learn” about the changes that are occurring, and my poem discusses what these change are; the “issue of climate change or global warming.”
I connected my poem to the reading “What is Education for?” by David Orr. According to Orr “we are becoming more ignorant of the things we must know to live well and sustainably on the earth.” Some people are ignoring the facts that change is occurring, and instead of doing something to disrupt climate change people are “standing around and mak[ing] such a fuss.” My poem discusses that we should not be ignoring the facts that climate change is occurring, instead there are small action that can be taken to disrupt the effects of climate change. According to Orr; “The truth is that many things on which our future health and prosperity depend are in dire jeopardy: climate stability, the resilience and productivity of natural systems, the beauty of the natural world, and biological diversity.” It’s our job to ensure that our environment doesn’t get further damaged for future generations. It’s our job to take care of our environment, so that future generations can enjoy what we have today.