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Introduction

My name is Caitlyn Trickey and I am  from Gaithersburg, Maryland. I am a sophomore majoring in Environmental Studies and Planetary Science. And I play volleyball for OWU, as well as coaching for club volleyball. I also work in IT while I am back home.

The Meadowlands and The Trouble with Wilderness

Sullivan’s Meadowlands was an interesting book that I enjoyed reading. Firstly, I did not realize that there was any kind of meadowland just outside of New York, as it is always associated as a large busy city. As I continue reading Meadowlands, I find it astonishing Sullivan’s descriptions of the swamp and how the area was converted from a beautiful cedar forest to an murky, trash-filled swamp that collects all the pollutants of the ever-growing New York, or how Sullivan described as the “urban wasteland.” I am surprised to read how it is not uncommon to see people venturing into these meadowlands, no matter how grotesque it sounds. However, it is somewhat refreshing to know that people still want to escape the city life for awhile, even if it is filled with all types of garbage and the reminiscence of the old town that populated this swamp.

Cronon’s The Trouble with Wilderness was an interesting take on describing the Wilderness that I have never heard of or considered before. “There’s nothing natural about the concept of wilderness” was one of the first things that struck me as odd, as we are so used to hearing wilderness as being pristine and untouched by mankind. As I read more in depth of his article, Cronon writes, “it is entirely a creation of the culture that holds it dear, a product of the very history it seeks to deny.” As I read this, I interpreted this as more of our technological advances and modern world expands, the more people want to erase our old mindsets as primitive (or when settlers came to the Americas). He also writes how “Wilderness” is often associated with spiritual or religious values that reflect human ideals-pristine, virgin, and God’s own creation. This change in perspective of the wilderness is quite different than what I am used to  and I found it very interesting to read.

Project Ideas

  • Last year, some of the athletic teams came together to pick up trash and clean up the Ohio Wesleyan campus. It would be beneficial to get the teams or anyone interested to help clean up our town.
  • Composting systems in all food places as well as look for a place to put the composted material.
  • Cleaning up the student run garden-for one of the activities for my UC160 class last year, the class came together to clean up the overgrown garden. The food in the garden is sold to the school and is used to feed the students, which can encourage students to eat more locally grown foods.

Current Event

Bioengineers at the University of Nottingham are considering using shrimp shells to make biodegradable shopping bags. Chitosan, a human-made polymer derived from the organic chitin, is extracted from shrimp shells, was chosen because it is a promising biodegradable polymer already used in pharmaceutical packaging due to its antimicrobial, antibacterial and biocompatible properties. These would be a green alternative to the oil-based plastic in our normal everyday usage as well as a new food packaging material to extend product shelf life.

Learn more here:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170110133539.htm

 

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