May 6, 2018
1) Cronon “The Trouble with Wilderness” + Sullivan The Meadowlands (01/24/2018) https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/blog-post/
2) https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/blog-post-2/. David Solitaire by Edward Abbey (1/31/2018)
3) https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/fanatacism-of-the-apocalypse-blog/. The fanaticism of the apocalypse by Peter Bruckner, 02/07/2018.
4) https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/blog-post-3/. Nature by Peter Coates in two parts. Feb 22nd and Feb 28th 2018. It was my turn to present along Eric Davis on February 28th. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1PKSdsJopXCI4NQ0jtrVvIoHCNAdBKPMx8m9Hr1ETfew/edit
5) https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2018/05/06/eating-animal-by-mohid-naseer/. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. 03/06/2018.
6) Environment and society. March 28th. https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2018/05/06/environment-and-society-by-mohid-naseer/
7) https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2018/05/06/placing-animals-by-mohid-naseer/. Placing animals by Julie Urbanik. April 4th.
8) Project proposal April 6th
9) https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/blog-post-mohid-naseer/. What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action by Per Espen Stoknes.
10) Project presentation. April 25th
11) Project reports. May 6th
May 6, 2018
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is a very enjoyable book written on the history and culture of eating animals in the US. It covers the process used to slaughter animals and the cruel treatment received by poor animals on the farm. It brings out a lot of intense arguments about which animal to eat and which not to and where do we draw the moral line of eating animals. It is a compelling book which forces once to reconsider eating meat. The book offers interesting debate on different animal eating practices and the impacts of that on the environment. One can disagree with a lot of content of the book, although it is fair to say that most of the arguments are well-thought and very cleverly put.
May 6, 2018
Julie Urbanik has written a book highlighting the relationship we share with animals across our daily lives. It forces us to look and understand the bonds we form with animals on different levels and why we do that. It is a fantastic read because it makes you think about animals from a completely different and previously unread perspective of geography. It is amazing to see how geography can impact the human mindset of being able to accept what animal can be eaten and what can be not. It is one of the first books in which animals have been studied based on their geographical location.
The section of the book that talks about the farm life in the US and highlights how much meat we consume here also helped me give perspective for my project for the impact of meat consumption at OWU on the environment. It makes me sad and blows my mind to see just how much meat is consumed and the number is totally unacceptable and way above where it should be. The thing that I really appreciated about this book was the history of cultural animal geography and how she talks about different times in the past throughout the book. Overall, it was an interesting read and I got to learn a lot about how geography has a lot to do with what humans feel about a particular animal.
May 6, 2018
I found environment and society to be an interesting read. It was a bit all over the place as I felt the authors were trying to cover too many things. It is definitely a dense book with a lot of content. The book is not exactly great or exciting but it raises questions and answers them adequately. In the book, the authors discuss how economic markets can have a certain impact on the population and I think that is an excellent way to come up with explanations although the answers we get might not always be correct.
The book covers a lot and could attract a different kind of readers but at the same time, everyone may not agree with the theories and answer this book is trying to answer about environmental ethics. Personally, I liked the examples that were used to connect questions about ecology, environmental challenges, climate change and how the authors explained the scientific, political and economic reasoning behind these problems. To conclude, it wasn’t one of the best books I read but it definitely helped in giving me more perspective on environmental problems.
May 4, 2018
Week 2: Wednesday January 24
Sullivan The Meadowlands(entire book)
Week 3: Wednesday January 31
Abbey Desert Solitaire (entire book)
Week 5: Wednesday February 14
Bruckner: The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse (entire book)
Week 6: Wednesday February 21
Project Proposal – https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2018/02/20/project-proposal-40/
Coates Nature (preface and ch. 1-5)
Week 7 Wednesday February 28
Coates Nature (ch. 6-9)
No blog post because I presented
Week 8 Wednesday March 7
Eating Animals (entire book)
Week 12 Wednesday April 4
Urbanik: Placing Animals (entire book)
Week 13 Wednesday April 11
Stoknes. What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action (entire book)
Didn’t complete this lab log because that Monday I slipped and fell injuring my surgically repaired knee .
Week 14 – Week 15 Wednesday April 18-25