I hate this class, but it’s making me change my ways. First off, it’s a GWAR class, aka intensive writing. When I say intensive, I mean in-class writing assignments daily, and at least one 2-3 page paper weekly. It.sucks. But, I’m glad I am because it’s making me realize I was never taught how to properly write. In high school English we always had essays, but it was more so “make sure you follow the prompt and meet the page requirement.” Fluff wasn’t frowned upon (in some cases it was encouraged). In college, I had two writing classes, and both were very similar to high school requirements. They didn’t help me form the craft, push me to be better, or teach me the fundamentals of a good, solid paper. Sometimes I dread going to 448GW because writing sucks during the process. It’s literally physically and emotional draining…. but that’s how you know you’re growing.
Another way this class is making me change my ways? I’m seeing the world in a different light. I didn’t even know what ECOLOGY was before this class, really. I only took it cos it was a GWAR class and it fit in my schedule. When I realized it’s about the environment, the world, nature, I was like great, I have this hippie ass teacher and we’re gunna be writing about tree-hugging bullshit. WRONG. I’ve learned about some choices I’ve made that are really hurting the world. I wasn’t engulfing myself in nature, I was simply just looking at it. Now, I’m learning to live with it. I’ve always enjoyed nature, but never really understood the connection that I have with it, and the lack of attention I was giving it.
We’ve been so greenwashed by the media. “Buy this, it’s green!” But is it really? A LOT aren’t. Unfortunately. And, the product you’re getting is environmentally friendly, but is the packaging? Probably not.
I’ve been forced to think about what happens AFTER the trash gets dumped into the big garbage truck after that wakes me up at 6am every morning. Where DOES it go?
I’ve recently just bought Nicaraguan Fair Trade coffee, simply because it’s fair trade. It may be more expensive, but it’s worth it. I don’t leave the lights on. I don’t leave the water running when I’m brushing my teeth. Instead of turning on the heater, I just grab a blanket or two. They’re little things, but make a big difference.
The world is not abundant. It will not provide for all we need, for all of eternity. We as humans need to ban together to make the change to help preserve what we have. Because, water don’t last forever. Look beyond what you see in the media, beyond the labels. RESEARCH. Know what your buying. LOOK AT THE WORLD AROUND YOU, appreciate a flower simply because that is what God intended it to be. Appreciate a tree for it being a life, not just for the shade it provides.
The world doesn’t owe you anything, it was here first.
wrong. you shouldn’t be consuming ANY alcohol if you’re in the drivers seat, even one drink.
maybe i should leave
to help you see
nothing gets better than this
and this is all we need
- Hotline: 1-630-482-9696
- Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-8433
- LifeLine: 1-800-273-8255
- Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
- Sexuality Support: 1-800-246-7743
- Eating Disorders Hotline: 1-847-831-3438
- Rape and Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673
- Grief Support: 1-650-321-5272
- Runaway: 1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000
- Exhale: After Abortion Hotline/Pro-Voice: 1-866-4394253