When we went to the Wastewater Treatment Plant here in Regina I learnerned so much about how much our water gets treated before it makes it into our homes. It gave me a better understanding of how many of us are wasting our water, by having long showers, letting the tap run when we are washing our teeth and draining our dish water way to offten. When we walked through the plant I was taken by surprise by how much water comes through each day and how long the process is for treating the water. I also found out that there are differnt processes for liqiuds and solids, the solids have a much longer process then liquids. This is because within the process they continuously try to seperate the solid from the liquid and in the end they dry out the sand/ soil from the liquid and transport it to the Beneficially Reused Biosolids storage. It made me want to conserve my water at home by reusing rain water to water my lawn or to heat it up and use it as dish water. I’m going to do this by using a large blue barrel that will catch the rain water. In doing this I’m not wasting treated water that had to go through so many different cycles that costs the city money and energy. Also by not using treated water for all my chores I’m helping by sending less water through this process again and again. So I am saving money, energy and lowering the amount of pollution in to the air from these Water Treatment Plants.
Between Maple, Anna and I we each talked about different ecoliterate person. Maple talked about how the earth has raised her and given her food to keep her growing. Which is very similiar to my poem when I talked about how my parents raised me around nature and how it has shaped me as a person. Earth has both given us different views on the world and has helped us show the world who we really are. In her poem she explressed that the earth is kinda like a parent by fighting for her and pulling the best out of who she is. I feel the same way when I go to camp I feel at home and safe just like I do when im with my parents.
In Anna’s letter she writes about her neighbour who is a hard worker and who tries everything to reduce his harm to the earth. In doing this he grows his own vegetables in his garden and bikes to work. Which I talked about in my poem, how my Mom taught me to garden by growing our vegetables in stead of buying them in the store. Which lowered the distance the vegetables had to go to get to my house, because we didnt have to drive to the store and we didn’t buy vegetables that already came a far distance from where they were grown. The difference between my poem and Anna’s letter is that mine is to my parents and hers is to her neighbour. Which hers is about observing her neighbour and mine is about my experinces with nature since I was little.
Then in my poem I talked about how my parents did everything possible to keep me outside by building me a treehouse, taking me to the creek and teaching me how to garden. In Maples, Anna’s and mine written poems and letters we each talked about gardening and food and how the earth has provided all of us with life and many great lessons. We also talked about how we have changed because of nature and how we can fix the problems at hand. By growing our own food and using different methods then a car to get around like how Anna’s neighbour bikes to work. Doing these small steps help reduce the carbon released into the air from our cars can make a huge impact in the end.
To my parents,
You have opened my eyes,
To see the beauty of nature.
Thank you for building our treehouse,
To give us understanding of the bird eye view.
Thank you for driving me to the creek,
To catch tad poles, to see nature in action.
Thank you for teaching me to garden.
You have given me the love for nature,
By showing me that nature is everywhere you look.
The greatest sign of a success for a teacher…is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”
It made the children be their own workers and independent, to exlpore their imagination and play it out as they want to. The quote makes rules and guidelines impossible, because the quote says “The children are now working as if I did not exist” so the teacher has little influence on them. This quote says that the teacher is okay at not having control and to let the students be independent. My understanding of the curriculum and school changed once I started my degree, I grew up with rules and to always listen to the teacher and do what is told and this quote says its better to be independent and to find yourself.
My action is to keep our waters clean, I will do this by gathering some friends and cleaning up lakes and other water sources. With scouts I have helped clean up a near creek in our community for many years. From these years and finding many different objects like bikes, tires, needles and random household garbage. I stopped going out and helping because I got to busy with school and work. So, my action is to begin cleaning the environment once again. Just this small action can help our envionment and our water source alot.
Throughtout my life I have been camping every weekend and going to nine day summer camps for the past fifteen years, is where I found peace and something that I love to do. While at this camp I have went on many canoeing trips but, going down the Churchill River at five in the morning when the wind hasn’t picked up yet and the sun was beinging to rise. This is when I feel connected to the environment and feel happy and at peace. The picture I crafted is about this canoeing experince and all the words the create the water, is everything I think of when I think of the environment and what it means to me. My camping experinces have been very helpful with learning about the environment by my scout leader taking many of the children on nature walks and teaching us about plants we can eat and plants that we shouldn’t. She also tells us which plants we can turn in to medicines and what they can do, all the information I have gained over the years about the enviroment has helpped me understand its complex nature. The natures walks connect to the reading from Robin Kimmerer called “The Sound of Silverbells” because she took her students on a nature walk to teach them about the environment and give them something to think about for a life time.