Reading Response Blog #1

This weeks reading in Communicating Nature by Julia B. Corbett, published in 2006, the main focus was on how different experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and upbringings can shape an individual’s view of the environment in a majority of ways. Additionally, the three videos we watched talked about our use of water and plastics. It discussed how our consumption of both water and plastic is increasing at a high rate and if we don’t change some of our behaviors, the issues that are already beginning to arise will only get worse. Personally, my attitudes and beliefs concerning the environment began forming at a very early age. It has changed as I grew older and I feel has improved and continues to improve as time goes on. I grew up having multiple pets in my household- dogs, cats, lizards, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs and I always I had a responsibility in making sure they were treated like a member of the family. It was up to me to make sure they had happy and healthy lives and that transferred over to me becoming a vegetarian (hopefully vegan one day, I’m working on it) because I don’t agree with the way animals are treated in the mass-meat producing industry. Wildlife conservation and keeping the earth clean stemmed from where I grew up and the influence my family had on my thinking. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and I was always taking walks with my dad through woods, forests, and meadows. We would visit conservatories and learn about the nature that surrounded us and the history of it. I think this had a huge impact on the way I grew to appreciate and respect nature. My Grammy was the one who taught me the importance of keeping the earth clean; we would walk from her house to a nearby trail and we always picked up every piece of litter we saw along the way. To this day, a part of me cringes every time I see someone litter. Adapting to more sustainable behaviors is something I have started doing over the past few years and will hopefully continue to do throughout the course of my life. I never really thought about what I was consuming, how much trash I was producing, or the importance of recycling when I was a kid. After further educating myself throughout high school, I now understand the impact I have as an individual and what I can do to reduce the waste I produce and lower my ecological footprint. If we are taught at a young age the importance of treating the environment with respect we are more likely to incorporate sustainable behaviors into our lives as adults. If more kids are exposed to nature, wilderness, and wildlife and told what they can do to keep those systems alive and healthy, more and more future generations will care about making a difference in improving the environment. Additionally, our attitudes about the environment most likely influence how much plastic and water we use. The more an individual cares about living a sustainable lifestyle, the more likely they are to use a reusable water bottle, take shorter showers, or alter their diet to consist of foods that don’t require a lot of water to be produced. Environmental Communication is extremely important because it shapes the way individuals and societies feel about the environment and the more people are educated on the problems we face today, the more likely they will be to choose more sustainable actions in their everyday life.

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