Ecoliteracy Braid

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.




Ecoliteracy Poem


Caring About Our Environment    

You admire the animals, plants, and trees,

From squirrels to flowers to evergreens.

You reduce, reuse, and recycle,

Instead of driving you walk or ride your bicycle.

When garbage is found lying around,

You pick it up off of the ground.

You care about the changes that are happening around us,

While other people stand around and make such a fuss,

About the issue of climate change or global warming,

You notice that these changes are very alarming.

You understand that we need to help out,

Instead of doing nothing but shout.

We all have to stick together and do our part,

You are an ecoliterate person who has a head start.

You care about our Earth

And its self-worth.

Cleaning up our environment by reducing your carbon footprint is a good start,

It is time that everyone does their part.

Small actions or big leaps,

Any action will help keep our environment clean.






CJ2:(Cleaning Up Our Environment)



Our world is changing in numerous ways. Temperatures are increasing, water levels are rising, glaciers are melting, and forest fires and flooding are happening way more frequently. These are just some of the effects that global warming has on our environment. The human race is the main cause of these effects, and it’s humans who will have to act fast before they get worse. There are small actions that we can all do to help out our environment.

My visual representation is a simple act or step that we can take to clean up our environment. We can pick up any garbage around us that we see, even if it’s not ours. We should be cleaning up the environment and thanking it for the resources that it provides us with. Reflecting back on my memories at Fishing Lake, SK, I remember how it use to look before the flood. Fishing Lake was beautiful, with trees and sandy beaches everywhere. There is still a few tress left around the lake, but my family and I are seeing a lot more garbage along were our beach used to be. There are rocks that build up a berm and that is where most of the garbage is. Sometimes my family and I go for walks along the berm and pick up the garbage so that it does not end up in the lake. I believe that little actions will help, rather than doing nothing.

More people need to act as well, and help take care of our environment. There are little acts of reciprocity that you can do, such as consume less (only use what you need), and clean up any waste around you. These are just a few examples of actions that anyone can do to thank the environment for what it provides us with.

In the reading “Maple Nation: A Citizen Guide,” Kimmerer (2013) states that; “We’ve got a lot to be grateful for, and we all have to do our part to keep it going” (p.169). The environment is beautiful and it provides us with great resources, but if we want our environment to stay beautiful and keep providing us with resources we have to learn how to consume less and help keep it clean. Simple acts of reciprocity that we can do is pick up garbage, turn the lights off when they are not needed, walk more and drive less, only use what we need (resources). My act of reciprocity is to pick up garbage that I see, as a way of thanking the environment for the resources it provides me with.



 Kimmerer, R. (2013). Maple Nation: A Citizen Guide. In Braiding Sweetgrass (p. 169). Minneapolis, Minnesota: Milkweed Editions.


CJ1: (Life at Fishing Lake)

Every summer my family and I would always make road trips up to Fishing Lake, Saskatchewan. At Fishing Lake everything is peaceful, and my family and I are surrounded by nature. A few years ago at Fishing Lake we use to have tons of trees, and beautiful beaches where we could actually walk into the water, not stubbing our toes on rocks or worrying that when we jump off of our pier there is a possibility of hitting your foot on a rock. Our beaches and most of our trees got swept away by a flood that happened a few years ago. Even with hardly any trees and beaches my family and I still have fun and enjoy spending our time there.

My family loves fishing, and swimming; therefore at the lake we mostly spend our time outside, enjoying the environment and everything around us. I feel connected to the environment through the resources that the environment provides me (such as the tasty fish to eat, and the lake we have to swim in). I learned that we should not be wasteful or careless when we fish. My family and I always make sure to only keep our limit and allow the rest of the fish we catch to go back and reproduce, so that our environment will continue to have that resource for future generations. I believe that we need to take care and give back to the environment in thanking it for the resources it provides us with. While my family and I are at the lake, my sister and I always go for walks along what is left of the beach. Sometimes we will see garbage and pick it up to take back to our cabin. The visual representation that I drew reveals what I believe the environment is and what it should look like. I believe that our environment should be clean, as the environment provides us with resources (such as fish), and we should give back by cleaning up and taking care of our environment.

Relating back to the reading “The Sound of Silverbells” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, taking road trips and adventures allows us to connect with the environment and develop a deeper understanding and find a meaning of what the environment means to us. The environment to me is everything that surrounds us and has an effect on our life, such as my family, the resources that we are provided with (fish), and the beautiful trees, animals, and bodies of water that surround us. The environment provides us with plenty of resources, such as animals, plants (soil to grow our plants), and bodies of water. To give back to our environment, we can clean up any garbage that we see, and walk short distances instead of driving. These are just a few small steps in taking action towards a cleaner environment.