Preface

A “Life Lesson”, a concept or idea that brings reflection or experience to mind. A “lesson” also implies the idea of trial and error, something that is as old as mankind itself. Although we often learn our lessons, it often takes time to act on our new knowledge. My goal of this project was to relay the knowledge we gained in this class onto a different space.

This class, the projects and the blogs we produced for it became a dynamic and highly interesting outlet for creative writing, as well as self-education about some of the biggest problems we have in our world. As a student, I feel like my primary goal is to educate myself in a way that will benefit myself, the environment and our society. The field of environmentalism is concentrated in the betterment of the human race, it is of its core principles. The texts we read have been challenging, raising questions that I had never addressed before. Examining these ethical dilemmas has been a challenge but it serves a noble purpose.

We must come together as a people to address the problems we have: our excessive pollution, the overuse of dangerous and harmful materials as well as the worlds need for sustainable living practices. To fail to address these issues will eventually lead to a devastating point of no return for our natural world. If we actively try to transition our lives away from this direction, then we will be able to spend more time building for a better future. The lessons we have learned from these texts allow us to do so.

The opportunity to work with such gifted and talented peers, with a brilliant professor at our helm has opened up a center for productive discussion and development as students. One of the recurring themes of environmental literature is the idea of people coming together and working towards a common goal. We live in such a diverse and beautiful world, with so many brilliant cultures and people, all of which show a shared love for our world in one way or another. The different authors we have read have shared this principle idea. Gary Snyder, very often has a peaceful and unifying style of writing, the kind that seeks to destroy the social constructions that prevent people from understanding each other and working together.

The classroom helped create a contextual basis, with which to base or knowledge off, only to expand and contrast the views we share. The use of a WordPress Blog has allowed us to relay our information in a variety of ways. I believe this plays an essential role in the development process. The blog creates another form of identity, a writer.

Communication has been and will always be an essential part of our society and culture, literature, media and other types of art included. It is an outlet for creative expression that can also stand as an impactful message for all those who see it. I have found that the communication that occurred in our class proved to be key in understanding and processing material. The blogs proved to be an artistic challenge,  but I found strength in the transition from my preferred style of writing to something more appropriate for the online platform.

In a day in age where media is a growing presence, people are drawn to it as their primary means of reading about current events or even just reading for pleasure. There are pros and cons to this, as it shows that selective distribution of information is highly practiced and easily done. This project is aimed to eliminate this factor and produce an educational and entertaining program that serves to deliver the world environmentalism to you.

I have learned about the simplicity and specificity of Environmentalism, a complicated and diverse movement. The key to humanity’s success lies within us, as a people. Our surroundings are our resources and one another is our support. Together we can reach a common goal of saving our Earth and sticking together as people.

My collection of essays is a reflection of the Life Lessons I have learned while reading environmental literature. Those who absorb and contribute the valuable information in this field have unimaginable potential to make an active change in this beautiful world we call home.

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