Shayla Scheitler – GEOG 360: Week 5

Reading: Nature

I was not a fan of this book. I learned quickly that there was no possibility of me thoroughly reading it. Instead, I picked out important parts. The book was so monotone & flat. It reminded me of a history textbook. I feel that the whole book went way too far into detail & bored me to death.

  • I expected there to be the discussion of the subjective definitions of nature, & my expectations were met.
  • The debate over us being part of nature, separate from it, or both, is an exhausted topic. However, I do like the quote, “In Lucretius’s view, man’s body made him part of nature, but his mind set him apart & equipped him to investigate nature’s working.”
  • The attention to the way we use natural in our vocabulary was interesting. Our use of ‘human nature’ or ‘good-natured’ is quite peculiar. What does goodness have to do with nature?
  • I’m not sure I really follow the discussion about how everything in this world is part of nature. I feel like we should separate man-made products from nature.
  • The thought that nature is the opposite of culture is thought provoking. At first, it sounds ridiculous, but when you think deeply about the human aspect of nature, you can see where he’s coming from.
  • There’s a lot of mentions of religions & how they enlightened thoughts about nature. I don’t really believe that. I think that we become more aware of our environmental impact with the development of our skills.
    • For example, we cleared forests for agriculture, but we later realized that we still need forestry & we cannot just clear all forests for agriculture, so we slowed down.
    • We started using coal as an energy source but we’re now discussing how coal mining & burning is horrible for the environment, so we’re proposing solutions, i.e. alternative energy resources.
    • We started questioning animal rights when our skills advanced & we no longer necessarily had to consume meat.

Environmental News

Human gut bacteria can generate electricity!  Listeria monocytogenes, Clostridium perfringens, Enterococcus faecalis, are bacteria that cause disease in humans, but are part of the group that can generate electricity. What do we do with this information? Scientists want to generate electricity from waste treatment plants. They’ve already started working on fueling batteries with this energy. Bacteria generate electricity to remove electrons produced during metabolism & support energy production – like the respiration process.

 

Project Proposal

Project Title: Trashy Art

Project Participants: Myself, the House of Peace & Justice, & Janelle Valdinger

Description & Overview of the Project:

My project is a brief open event that will occur once & will have no formal continuation. I’m an artistic person, so I wanted to incorporate my creativity into the project. I want the finished product to be an environmental political statement. My plan is to compile trashed & recycled items, sanitize them, & prepare them for the open house event. I’m doubling this with my house project, so on my designated date (I’m thinking September 28th), I will host an event at the House of Peace & Justice in which students are welcome to participate in creating art from the items I’ve collected. I’ve purposefully collected items that I’ve thought to be thought provoking in the process. For example, I’ve collected labels of items that advertise their product as natural. Also, I’ve collected a numerous amount of everyday items. After the event, I plan to store the art pieces. I aim to have a gallery space in which I can showcase these pieces. I would hope to be able to acquire a spot in Edgar Hall. I want to credit the artists of the pieces, as well as give them the opportunity to explain what their piece represents to them & what their inspiration for it was, as well as the medium.

Bibliography:

1.) Valdinger, Janelle. City of Delaware GIS employee. Ohio Wesleyan University.

  • Janelle is my resource for obtaining the materials necessary for my project.

2.) EPA. “Wastes – Non-Hazardous Waste – Municipal Solid Waste.” https://archive.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/web/html/

I will need to discuss the literature research of this assignment. The only research component I will be doing is to gain information on our country’s waste production. I’m not sure how I will find other sources to insert.

 

Outline:

For my final presentation, I would like to have a slideshow of photographs of the art pieces created, as well as the descriptions of them by the artist. I want to explain how I obtained the materials, & what my experience was like in this process. I also want to give some statistical information about our waste production as a whole. I saw an abundance of items that easily could be reused for their original purpose. I want to highlight that many items get tossed when they easily could’ve been donated to a thrift shop. I also want to highlight that many of these old items could have other uses. For example, I’ve collected one of those traditional popcorn containers (see below) that could be used to pot plants.

 

Image result for traditional popcorn container plastic large

 

This project is a reflection of our waste production as a nation, in an artistic manner.

 

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