Blog Post #1


My name is Maggie Greer and I am from Dayton, Ohio. I am majoring in Environmental studies and Zoology. I play field hockey for OWU and am in a sorority.

The Meadowlands and The Trouble with Wilderness: 

I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. A gross polluted industrial swamp has never crossed my mind of interest before but Sullivan was able to keep it interesting and enjoyable to read. I liked the fact that he, himself adventured through the meadowlands and was able to get his information from people he met on the journey. I honestly had no idea that there were such places as industrial dump swamps so I truly learned great amount from this book. What caught my eye in the book was when Don Smith described the meadowlands as an “urban wilderness”(pg.195). Those two words seem so contradictory but when put together it seems as though a perfect description of the meadowlands. Overall I truly enjoyed the book and loved all the crazy stories from the people smith met on his expedition.

The article was very interesting. I have never thought of the concept of wilderness to be an “invention” of the humans. It was engaging to read about how past relationships with the wilderness didn’t create a beautiful and euphoric outlook on the outside world and how we have created the concept of the wilderness being an escape from everyday life, associating it with beauty and peacefulness instead of danger and satan trying to tempt you. I haven’t really associated wilderness with religion before. I have felt “free and spiritual” before in the outside world but I never thought that the wilderness could not only be associated with God but also Satan.

Project Ideas: 

1)composting system in hamwil/throughout campus

2)selling reusable plastic water bottle instead of bottles of water (smart water, dasani, etc.)

3)Solar lighting around campus

4)advocate for less food waste. Educate the campus on the right proportions of food

Current Event:


Plastic has been polluting the ocean for decades. It has come to the point where tiny pieces of plastic are small enough to mingle with plankton, the tiny organisms at the base of the food web that support many fish and whale species. Marine life is surrounded with these micro-plastics especially in the Garbage Patch. It is projected that in 23 years there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Dead fish and birds/chicks are dying with their stomachs full of plastics. Around 80% of plastic waste in the oceans originates on land and just 9% of plastic in the U.S. is recycled according to the EPA.Plastic is starting to be in the fish we eat. Californian oceanographer Captain Charles J. Moore says, “Plastic is in the air we breathe, it’s become part of the soil and the animal kingdom. We’re becoming plastic people.”



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