It was a pleasant surprise to read “The Meadowlands” by Sullivan for someone who doesn’t read a lot of books. It was vividly descriptive and gave a clear indication of what Sullivan was trying to achieve. He achieves his goals by telling certain distinct stories that he witnessed which assures the readers of the originality of the content of the stories and the messages these stories bring forward. The book brings forward issues faced by meadowlands and the factors that have contributed to it such as the era of industrialization and the ignorance of the people. I really like the chapter “valley of the garbage hills”. It portrayed the awful condition of Meadowlands and if I remember correctly, I was dumbfounded by the fact that in 1970, it was observed that there was 11,000 tons of garbage dumped in Meadowlands every day, which is more than enough to fill up an entire stadium.
The Cronon’s reading was also very interesting since it toyed with my struggle to understand the real meaning of wilderness. I am also taking environmental ethics this semester and coincidentally we were discussing wilderness in that class as well. Cronon gives a very crispy and significant perspective on how one can define wilderness and I for one, really appreciated reading it.
My name is Mohid Naseer. I am a senior here at Ohio Wesleyan University. I am from Islamabad, Pakistan and was born in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. I currently work in Smith dining hall as a part-time worker to pay off my fraternity dues. I am also the vice president of Alpha Chi chapter of Chi Phi and am mostly busy with fraternal stuff outside of Science center if I am not found in chem labs. I like to play FIFA, cricket, and soccer. I have played every Fifa game 1998 onwards and continue to do so with great pleasure. I am also fluent in 3 languages (Urdu, Punjabi, English) and know a bit of Arabic, Hindi, and Bengali.
Three ideas for projects:
- Revamp the dining halls across Ohio Wesleyan campus that offers diverse, healthy, inexpensive meal options with the focus on special dietary plans and a staff with proper training of what and how they are supposed to do things. The staff would be helped out by students on weekly basis over the weekends and will work in collaboration with the demands and needs of the student body. The idea would be to utilize resources from all across the campus through student body and in ensuring that a certain health criterion is met with an emphasis on no wastage of food.
- Awareness of how much meat is being consumed across campus every day. It is not to target anyone necessarily but to calculate how much we, here at Ohio Wesleyan are contributing to global warming. Livestock breeding is the source of 15-20% methane gas that is released all over the world contributing heavily to increasing temperature. As someone who is a meat lover himself, I want to challenge my own perspective and really want to do something about it, which is why I think this might be the first step for me to avoiding eating meat as much I like to eat.