Week 6 Nature- Matt Yung

I found Nature by Peter Coates to be more constructed than some of our past readings and that made it easier to follow along to his points. He gives many historical perspectives of nature throughout time and even evils of nature. He also discusses events that have harmed the environment including capitalism and the colonization of America. This is not our first reading to poke holes in capitalism and challenge my views and opinions of it. Building off those previous thoughts, I try to imagine what our country would be like if we placed environmental issues ahead of material wealth. Before, I believed our country is too far ingrained in the current system to make the drastic changes needed to stop harming the environment. By adding historical context to nature, I find myself looking for a less extreme solution to our issues.

I also found the discussion of the American frontier and evolution of our country’s perspective of nature interesting. American nature used to be seen as a place to achieve the traditional masculine identity and that we could use this raw landscape to create whatever we want for ourselves. However, our view of nature has changed and the frontier beliefs were destined to end once we explored and settled across the nation. We now hold the idea that nature must be preserved and protected which is evident by the rise in national parks across America in second half of the 20th century.

 

Farming crops with rocks

Using fast acting silicate rocks that capture CO2 when farming crops could improve food security. It could also reduce the amount of CO2 entering the atmosphere. In addition, the crushed rocks could improve protection from pests and disease as well as improve soil fertility.

University of Sheffield. (2018, February 19). Farming crops with rocks to reduce CO2 and improve global food security. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 20, 2018 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180219115252.htm

 

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