This book was necessary for the course syllabus because of its historical perspective on nature. Coates develops the history of the environment from early culture hearths to present Western ideals. It is very comprehensive on different theories and time periods that affected human’s use and view of nature. It was a hard and slow read, but helped connect themes from other books to one another and understand the background behind other novels perspectives read in this semester.
The Unsettling of America:
I enjoyed reading this book. Barry is very passionate about he small farmer’s lifestyle and disproves of the newer way of life. He goes in detail about the historical change or shift from one form to specialization. He develops the agricultural development in America and how it has changed with the influence of the economy, technology and the government. It is interesting to hear how this change has affect society, in negative ways, like economically and how it has changed society’s view on the small farmer like Barry.
Breakfast of Biodiversity:
When people set out to “save the environment” they are generally talking about preserving what they still consider wilderness, ie: the rain forest. Reading a book about the rain forest and the current problems at the time is therefore crucial for a class like this. There is ongoing destruction with multiple culprits and this book I feel gives a sense of hope, unlike some of the others. It concludes with possible solutions for change and ends on a positive note.
This book takes a look at what suburbia has done to our culture. It has examples of people that remain using lawn chemicals to produce a green front yard, even though they are aware of the dangers it could cause to their family and the environment. Unlike some of the other books, this novel addresses issues that we all face on an everyday basis. Most houses have lawns accompanying them and this novel shows how the maintenance of lawns and the use of lawn chemicals is a question asked by most residents of the U.S.