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Braiding to become eco-literate

When thinking of what it means to be eco-literate there are various ways we can go about it, to describe it, and how to live it or who lives it.  Two pieces that I found very interesting when readings them were Kaylee’s and Rebecca’s.  Both pieces took a different role at describing how people/animals are eco-literate and what it means to be eco-literate.  Kimmerer (2013) says “It is an intertwining of science, spirit, and story – old stories and new ones …  that allow us to imagine a different relationship, in which people and land are good medicine for each other.” (pg.X), these different relationships that I read about opened my eyes to noticing that various ways it means to be eco-literate and who all can be eco-literate.

I really enjoyed the impact that Kaylee and I found in people mine definition of eco-literacy being found in the lives of indigenous people and Kaylee’s being found in her parents.  The people who have shaped who we are and who have taught us many things also have taught us how and what it means to be eco-literate.  One crucial question that I thought of was “Eco literate or Indigenous?” – I feel like the definition of being eco-literate is living in the indigenous way of life before the settlers came and interrupted their ways of life and traditions.  I also found it interesting how Kaylee learnt how to be eco-literate from her parents who have taught her appreciation for the land and its beauty, “The snow, the wind, the rain and the sun; All apart of everything all in unison to one an ever changing and intertwined environment It’s no wonder how you embrace and love this beautiful planet.” (Kaylee).  I also really enjoy how she mentions that everything is in unison and intertwined with the environment.  That although many weather patterns are taken for granted there is beauty behind them and they offer our plant so many possibilities.

Another perspective that I enjoyed was the one through the eyes of Rebecca’s dog, Tucker.  I really found this interesting on how a dog can offer ways to be eco-literate and through the eyes of a dog you can learn these ways.  Dogs offer advice more then people realize and like many other things people miss from the animals of the earth we can learn from all living things.  I really found it interesting when Rebecca said “You never take more than they give and only once it had fallen to the ground as if to not let it go to waste.” (Rebecca), this quote made me think of the circle of life and how the earth offers things to our animals and they can only take so much.  That although there are ways for these animals to eat they still rely on mother earth to live, breathe, and eat from.  I think it is so important to remember not to take more then what you need because in today’s world the resources are becoming limited and what mother earth had to offered has been ripped from her and the human population has taken all she can give from her.


Kimmerer, R. W. (2013). Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions

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Eco-literate poem – No judgement zone

Indigenous people – as eco-literate people

It was not that long ago that Indigenous people were here

Whom walked on and served our mother earth.


The people lived off of this land and praised this land.


These people utilized the animals for everything they had to offer

And in return respected every animal.


Mother earth has so much to offer

Herbs, food, animals, and shelter.


However, the only ones to use all of these resources

Were the Indigenous people.


Respecting, all that earth has to offer

Utilizing every natural element for every aspect of life.


Eco-literate or Indigenous?


When I think of being eco literate

I think of living like the indigenous people.


Living and breathing in all of earth’s beauty

Offering and protecting everything it has to offer.


Their carbon footprint?

Was their even such a thing?

They lived so eco friendly and didn’t waste anything.


Animal fur?

More like clothing and shelter.



More like medicine and remedies for many things.



More like housing and transportation

  • But not the kind that left a black mark on our mother earth.


What has civilization done to this beauty?

What can we do to go back to these ways?

ESCI 302

Becoming the recycling queen!

Hey guys, so I know lame topic but what I am going to do to take a “leap” into action to help save the planet is to start to recycle more… or I guess to just start.  I obviously do the cans and bottles to get money (I mean don’t most university students need ALL the money they can scrape up?) but that’s where it stops.  So I have decided to not only just recycle but I am going to try and go paperless and plastic-less as much as I possibly can.  In doing this my first mission was to go to Dollarama and buy a blue plastic bin… how ironic? However, after talking to my mom and telling her my plans she told me how ridiculous my plan was to buy something plastic just to use for recycling, her words “don’t you have a plastic grocery bag to use? or a box? or something that you don’t have to buy just to put your recycling in?”… My thoughts in return “um, don’t you have to have that special blue box with the recycling symbol on it just to recycle?… don’t you have to support that blue bin company?” So instead I realized I have a container that serves no purpose to me other than to collect dust in my storage room (more like a closet, but that’s not the point) so low and behold I had a new recycling bin! So in the first hour of this new recycling endevoure while cleaning my dungey old apartment I actually recycled probably 4 x the amount that I threw away… it was crazy and this began my spiral towards leaping farther, I was brain storming things to do or use for my turtle tank filters or things I could do even if it was temporary to cut back my use of buy expensive carbon filters that all I can do is chuck in the garbage after, and what I can do to grocery shop rather then buying things that are wrapped in plastic… the shopping thing was sooo not a success because I am a sucker for chicken nuggets and french fries… both are wrapped in plastic… But hey I tried and I’m trying and me recycling is the leap which is the first step in how I am changing my life for the better of the planet!

“Individuals far wiser that I have said that we get the government we deserve.  That may be true.  But the maples. out most generous of benefactors and most responsible of citizens, do not deserve our government.  They deserve you and me speaking up on their behalf.”  (Kimmerer, 174).  I know that me beginning to recycle is not nearly as important of speaking up and voting but it’s not election time and next time it is I will vote for the government that will protect our natural resources… that are willing to make a leap themselves!

So this is my visual piece… I know it’s not the most beautiful piece ever but it was done on a white board with whiteboard markers (both of which I had at home so I did not buy).  Also, if you have every attempted coloring on a whiteboard I think I did pretty good if I can say so myself :).  It shows that not only am I working on recycling but my mission to try and go paperless and plastic-less.

This was the original box I had found to put my recycling in while cleaning my apartment.  It may not seem like a lot in there however, compared to the handful of stuff that made it’s way into the garbage and the majority of that being turtle tank filters I am pretty darn proud of myself too!  Also, just because he is cute here’s my pet turtle Crush who is going to be in for a rude awakening if or when I can think of an alternative to his carbon filters… any suggestions?

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C.J.1: Living in fast forward

Hey everyone this is my picture that I created in regards to my relation with my environment.  This picture represents the two environments that I encounter within my life.  While being apart of nature, and getting away from my everyday environment I feel like my life pauses and I can truly appreciate the beauty that nature has to offer.  I stop and realize how blue that water is, how green the trees are, and the various colors that I see that surround me as I am one with nature.  Life truly slows down and I am able to appreciate everything that the environment has to offer me.  While the second picture and it’s dullness represents my everyday life.  I often feel as if my life is on fast forward and nothing new, or exciting ever happens within it.  My daily environment is often taken for granted, and is seen as colorless.  I seem to appreciate nature when I am in it or away from it and often don’t appreciate my daily life and everything that it has to offer…