Looking Out Wondering Why – #2

When considering the belief that the human race is the most important thing in our eyes. My mind considers the natural world. The technology that connects us to one another. The food that isn’t grown in our backyard. The way in which we expand our civilization. When we consider ourselves to be the premier race at the top of the food chain. Leaving every other species in our tracks. Disregarding there existence. As all our jobs rely on the technology we have created over time. But in order to get here, we put the natural world on the back burner. With our inability to grasp the concept. Guiding us into a deep dark hole of climate change.

 

That hole has expanded every year since 1985 above Antartica. During the same year, the car phone was introduced to mainstream America. Giving us have access to others in many places. As the trend grew the hole in our ozone layer responded. Many questioned its existence. But science stood its ground. With organizations stepping into action we have seen a reduction in the size, but we still see the side effects.

 

We are the only ones to truly blame. We are the only ones that rip into forests to further devolve our civilizations. As we add to our resources we take them away from the natural world. We take the opportunity for many species to continue. We take the chance of enriching our own lives with there presence. We take the environment for granted. As it gives us everything we need to survive we try to maintain it for future generations. But that isn’t enough. While we continue to grow and expand. Those on board go with the idea while others are left patching it up for the rest of us. All because we are too selfish to discover and consider why.

 

I can’t say I’m any different than the rest of us. When I drive over the chipmunk not sure where to go in a hurry. With motorists close behind. You just have to hope that suddenly it changes it’s mind and makes it to the other side. Then look in your mirror to make sure. If tragedy strikes its small little body you take that grief with you. That feeling of sadness and regret hits. All because the human race decided to invade what we thought was only our. But actually belongs to so much more.

 

We take a life from those we overlook. In order to lift our selves up in society. Leaving other parts of the human race and the whole natural world behind. Meanwhile, all we consider is the opportunity to make money out of what we do. Without considering the outcome of the future. But when one is blamed for a problem they are sure to cover it up to look better within society. We are driven by risk to make things better.

 

With our population increasing, we are forced to rip land from nature. Even though we have per portioned that land to governments and families. When they choose a time to use the land. We destroy pre-existant environments that have been thriving for years. By giving ourselves happiness we create fear for others. How do we overthink things the seam so simple, yet change the fabric of the world? How do we justify what we think isn’t a big deal snowball into a huge issue?

 

When I dig into my own life I know everything would be different if the entrepreneurs and inventors didn’t come before us. But would we still be in this sticky situation if the timeline was different? Would we still be the premier creature? Every time I get stuck down a wormhole of thoughts. I just consider how lucky we are. Even though with a flip of a coin everything could be different. While we watch or consider the thought of wildlife suffering we disregard it and move on. While we consider ourselves to be the best race? If the only thing holding us to this title is the fact that we maintain the most land. That’s silly. But if its the fact that we are mostly at the top of the food chain. With the exception of silly mistakes that get people in trouble with other species. That explanation is a little more acceptable. But why and how has this become our reality?

Meredith Gove

10 Responses to “Looking Out Wondering Why – #2

  • Sandra Brown
    3 years ago

    Meredith hi. I am Sandra Brown, a Language Arts and Global Education teacher in South Florida…the Fort Lauderdale area to be specific. My school district is Broward County Public Schools.

    I find your thoughts about our treatment of the animal world interesting. It is admirable that young people such as yourself show deep care for those with whom we (humans) share this space called Earth. Far too many of us forget it’s not ours alone.

    I liked the comparison you draw between the expansion of technological development alongside the expansion of “the hole” that’s getting larger in our atmosphere. I think that’s pretty thought-provoking.

    Here’s a yet noteworthy tidbit. Where I live, in western Fort Lauderdale, if one goes any further west, one walks right into the Everglades, that critical ecosystem which is America’s “largest subtropical wilderness.” My city is actually built on reclaimed land (probably some of it taken from this important habitat). What’s noteworthy is the fact that slowly but surely we are seeing all kinds of wild life in our residential areas. The question can be asked, “Why are they encroaching on our space?”

    I would bet your answer, like mine, is that, “They’re not. It’s the city that invaded their space.” And of course, another question could be, “What are we supposed to do with them? With the alligators when they’re found in back yards (sometimes), or with the black bear found a couple years ago, on one of the corners I go past on my workout?!

    The point is Meredith, your musings about our care for and treatment of our environment, and its other residents is so well founded. I don’t have big solutions. I do feel though, that if each of us exhibits care by taking some small action within our own communities, we’ll have much more positive impact than if we simply do nothing.

    • Hi Sandra,
      It so intrigued learning about the wildlife being found in your community. For many humans, they would call animal control to get the wildlife removed and relocated. When found on their property. Yet the animals have no place to call if we invade them. As it is just own our nature to displace them without thinking about it. Which is a horribly disturbing though. I know where I live we have a wildlife and nature preserve in our backyard. We are unable to disrupt the ecosystem. The ecosystem is also manly wetlands. Which in Vermont is considered excipiable to build on due to town restraints. We also see a ton of wildlife in our yard just to name a few rabbits, coyotes, and even turkeys. In my family, we all gather by a bay window and watch them. Not knowing if we will have the opportunity to see them again. It’s super interesting to see how different parts of the country handle wildlife and how we preserve land or don’t.

  • Abigail
    3 years ago

    Hi Meredith,

    I am intrigued by your ideas regarding the connections (detrimental as they often are) between the natural world and us humans. You talk about the negative side effects of humans blundering through life and taking nature for granted, but I wonder what you see as positive ways we can live alongside creatures and plants?

    I completely agree with you that we have become almost immune to the ways we coexist (if that’s even an acceptable word to use). What do you think it says about our capacity as humans for empathy/apathy in regard to the natural world?

    -Abigail

  • Meredith – thank you for such a thoughtful blog post.

    I too have thought about this distinction – I am often reminded of it when I’m in the car. There are so many advances to cars today that I didn’t have when I was learning to drive. There were no back up cameras, no little blinking lights in the side view mirrors, clearly no bluetooth (because there were no cell phones) and no heads-up displays.

    My children will be learning to drive in a few years and I want to teach them to drive but using their own senses and awareness first. But I’m not sure how. Every car has a back up camera these days. Should they just rely on that? I was always taught to look over my shoulder if I was going to move lanes on the interstate. Should my children just rely on the blinking light in the side view mirror.

    While the advances have certainly helped us drive with more safety, I wonder if we are relying on the innovations too much. In the same way that you describe the way that innovation impacts nature and our natural surroundings, the struggle to understand and evaluate which carries greater importance is real.

    While I’m certainly not sure of the answers, I really appreciate you raising these very nuanced questions.

  • Emma Reynolds
    3 years ago

    Meredith,
    Thank you for your thoughtful, creative post. I think you raise some interesting questions about connections—where do they come from, how do they better our lives, how do they make us more individual and independent. It is interesting to think of how the technology web at times connects us and at times, encourages us to spend more time alone.

    I appreciated the evocative language was present throughout your post. I look forward to more of your writing, where your ideas can build upon and transition into each other. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on such myriad topics!

    All my best,
    Emma

  • Hi Meredith,

    You were really passionate at the kickoff about climate change, so I’m glad you’re sticking with it and exploring it a little more. You made some interesting points, especially about how people in power skirt blame for their part in global warming and the deterioration of the ozone. Your topic takes on special meaning when you consider the political climate today and the actions politicians are taking in regard to climate change. You seem knowledgeable about this topic from what I could see in your post, and your questions will help you guide any research you have not already done, especially your last one about how the planet got to where it is today and when and how global warming started to become a real threat. You care a lot about this issue, which makes it a great topic for you to pursue for your project, especially if you decide to focus on how global warming affects Vermont.

    • I also wanted to comment on how you said “we consider ourselves to be the best race.” I was wondering, when you say this, are you tying it back to your example with the chipmunk and making the point that humans don’t care about the species they are harming? Or were you saying that Americans, potentially, are at the forefront of the destruction of the ozone?

  • Meredith,

    I see how you are troubled by the tensions between our natural world and technology. While I understand how we all love the conveniences, sometimes that means we don’t spend time thinking about consequences and take things for granted. I’m curious to see where you are going with this topic and what your main focus is going to be.

    Liv

  • Rebecca Gove
    3 years ago

    Meredith
    Nicely thought out and reflected on. I was amazed by how much and how fast the Phoenix Arizona area was growing when dad and I moved there in 1994. I was amazed when a friend told me the area was growing/ developing an acre an hour. It was so different from Vermont.
    Mom

  • Meredith,
    I read your post as an intro to the topic of climate change, and your post is very well put together. I did find it in some areas confusing to focus and stay with your train of thoughts, but I’m really intrigued with the idea of humans being a superior race and not caring. How do you make an impact on this issue, when majority of people don’t take it serious? How will climate change affect in the future?
    -Sasha

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