What Does The Environment Mean To You?

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Environment: “the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.”

Looking: stars or satellites? My father William has always been mesmerized by the sky. The sky holds many things stars, storms, the sun and satellites. All the things the sky holds may be natural or man-made. William has always said the sky changes; that it never looked this way when he was a young boy. He chases the storm and follows the rhythm of the thunder. As a young girl my father would beg for me to come along his journey of chasing. This was his dream to be a storm chaser; wasn’t really realistic. After many years of watching the sky with my father; it had me thinking. What exactly are we looking at? what exactly is out there? what does the sky have to do with me?

On clear nights these questions always acquire within me. Am I looking at a beautiful night sky or am I looking at what man-made had made it? Am I part of the night sky? What does the environment and the night sky have in common? What does the environment mean to me? Do I just look at the environment? Do I make my footprint?

Comparing myself with the sky( being the environment). That the sky is this beautiful arrangement of stars though it will never be clear if it is stars or satellites. That your part in the environment isn’t clear as well. Do most people know their place in the environment or do they have an idea of how they want to present themselves in environment?  When do you classify yourself as environmentalists? Is recycling enough?

What does the environment mean to me? The environment to me means that you can try to take care of it and play your part. I recycle which I think is a good first step. But due to certain circumstances and the way we live today it makes it harder not to leave a footprint. We have transportation, and  everything is packaged, etc. It is hard to change and to make a difference. The kick start is the hardest start and that is why there is many people who don’t start. Some people don’t care, some people have to make big personal sacrifices and some relay so heavily on these products they cannot cut it out of their lifestyles.

Environment education to me means the setting in which you are teaching in or being taught in.  That the environment drastically effects the thinking process of students and teachers. That everyone learns differently; some may like a very quite place or some may need to work in groups.  If the environment is always quite the children will never learn to get out of their comfort zone. The environment is very important because it reflects on learning. Environment may also mean that you associate the classroom in a more worldly approach. That it is us and the world together; that we can’t live without it. That we need to understand the beauty and learn about our home.

Not directly quoting but comparing to Silverbells. Silverbells demonstrated that their is a difference in information and observation. That the instructor was trying to teach the students about the environment with facts after facts. Rather then letting the students figure it out on their “own”.  The instructor felt that the students didn’t really benefit from the instructor. The students found their own peace in the land, that observing the beauty of the Earth is a benefit. We have so much information about our world but rather then strictly getting information weaved into our heads; that we need to break free. We know the information but now we need to show affection and appreciation for our planet. WE on our own need to take time for our Earth. Earth is good, Earth is great.


Work Sited


Wall Kimmerer, Robin. (2013). Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge & the Teachings of Plants. Minnesota, MN: Milkweed Editions.


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