These are astonishing. WARNING: Some may be difficult to look at. Plastic is horrifying. There are many worlds that we are so privileged to not have to endure.
- I found the discussion of nature as a “frameless scape” or a composition of sensory stimuli that have not been deliberately crafted for a specific purpose very interesting. This, of course, is why people go to nature to think — walking, hiking, camping, backpacking — the immersion and the perceived solitude — being away from it all, this is what people are after. We are constantly bombarded with images that have been carefully designed to trigger certain reactions within us as a product of consumerism and politicization. In a way, we lose certain freedoms without even knowing it; the freedom to imagine, to wonder, to assume or create. But, there is vast freedom in nature — one can project or derive whatever it is they want/need from a landscape, in the absence of the artificial.
- I enjoy reading through the discussions of how Western cultural values have been superimposed onto nature — through our texts and our politics, we have constructed nature in our own framework and made the understanding so strict that there is no room for alternative thought. What are we missing when we do this? What is nature really? How else could we be living? And try to answer these things without using images and language associated with the romanticization of Native peoples. Tough shit man.
- Also I hardcore fall for the naïveté of writers like Emerson and Thoreau. I need to work on this.
- I’m excited to hear the class discussion about the final chapter. I think that there are a lot of interesting points made that directly tie to current climate thought and issues.
Project Title: Green Roofs at OWU!
Project Participant(s): Mahnoor Ansari, Kayla Adolph, Janelle Valdinger
Description & overview of project: The aim of this project is the install one to two green roofed bike shelters (as pictures above) on the Ohio Wesleyan campus (440 sq ft), as well as possibly install green roofs on top of the Delaware Entrepreneurial Center and the Schimmel-Conrades Science Center (~4500 sq ft). The two locations being considered for the bike shelters are: in front of the Entrepreneurial Center and close to the future senior apartments.
They are beneficial because they:
- Add more green space to the campus,
- Eliminate non-point source pollution,
- Filter and slow down storm water runoff and surges to protect ground water, lakes and streams,
- Extend the roof’s lifetime by 200-300%,
- And absorb carbon dioxide from the environment.
They can serve as a symbol of OWU and the City of Delaware’s joint commitment and effort to promote sustainability and collaboration in our community. There will be a sponsor recognition wall (see annotated bibliography) along the sides of the bike shelters to list any local business that donate to the project.
Working Title: Integration of Interpretive Ecological Materials in a Developing Wetlands Park
A project by Anna Scholle in collaboration with Ted Miller
Description & Overview:
My original idea was to implement pedestal-type interpretive signage in one or more local parks depicting each of their major ecosystems and habitats as well as the flora and fauna that may be found in each. After speaking with Dr. Krygier, I have been in contact with Ted Miller, the director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Delaware, and settled on one park in particular to implement my project. After speaking with both Dr. Krygier and Mr. Miller, I have also expanded my project to consider other forms of interpretive materials, such as brochures.
The City of Delaware Ohio is planning to expand its Wetlands Park on Mill Run Crossing behind the strip mall containing Pet Supplies Plus, Kohl’s, Sally Beauty, and other stores. The current park is 45 acres and includes a 0.8 mile loop trail around a wetlands as well as a fenced dog park. Tentatively, the expansion would include more environments in the surrounding area (such as woodlands and a small lake) and more trails.
Interpretive materials can include signs, maps, pamphlets or brochures, audio recordings, videos, kiosks, journals, and many other items. They are found in a variety of places including but not limited to parks, zoos, museums, and galleries. They inform the public about what they are viewing in an exhibit or natural point of interest.
The goal of interpretive ecological materials is to engage the public with the nature they are experiencing by educating them about habitats, wildlife, plants, and/or environmental history of the park. The public should not be overwhelmed with information as too much info may quickly bore them and clog the park with man-made products that obscure the natural beauty of the park and are ultimately ignored by visitors. Instead, the materials should provide a combination of easily understood text and images that is just enough to get the point across.
I am passionate about this project because I want to increase public awareness of the amazing facets of nature they may not realize they share a space with. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved exploring parks and learning about wildlife, and I want to instill a similar passion in others. I especially value environmental education for children, because they are the future of this world and its shrinking ecosystems and diminishing species.Read the rest of this entry »
The book opened up with defining nature. It spends whole chapter on it in fact by describing in great detail all the ways we use the word nature. It reminded me of our first class at the beginning of the semester and part of the Meadowlands. We defined nature form our point of view but it has been used in so many different ways that it’s rather ridiculous. It was fun to read all the different ways we talk about nature and it really shows how it is a word used in both good and bad ways, and how the term has changed over time.Read the rest of this entry »