Question: What does embodiment mean to you, in the context of climate change and ecoliteracy? What do you notice about your ways of knowing (and being)?
To me, embodiment means physically changing habits and perspective in order to benefit the environment. This could be using organic products, choosing to buy morally made products, or buying items that will decompose within your lifetime. This is a huge part of reducing the effects of climate change. People need to realize that it starts with us, and then the larger corporations making big decisions will change, not the other way around.
In the beginning of this semester, we discussed the importance and significance of creating an environmental journal. This idea stuck with me, and it’s something that I’d absolutely encourage my future students to do. What I liked about the idea of having an environmental journal is that it would allow for individuals to connect with their experiences in a new way, by documenting and reflecting. The article we read highlighted creative ways to take the experiences “home” with you, like painting a watercolour picture with water from a local stream, etc.
This last week that I was in Hawaii, I was overwhelmed with how much the culture valued the environment and the land that we were travelling on. The people who lived there spent so much time outside that they usually felt a spiritual connection to the land. As well, Hawaii is so isolated that past generations relied on the small land for their food, water, and garments.
After reflectingon my experience there, I decided that I wanted to showcase how I feel about embodiment by creating an environmental journal to appreciate the natural world more. My theory is that the more you love something, the more you want the best for it (simple and sweet). I hope that as I connect with my experiences in the environment more, I’ll become more aware of the ways that I can stand up for it.
The picture I decided to draw was of our view outside our condo in Maui. What is amazing about Hawaii is that they have had a diverse history of major economic sources. The major sources have been sugar cane and whales. Whaling has been now outlawed, and as a result more whales can be seen in the ocean during the mating and birthing seasons. While we were looking out our window, and on the deck, we saw whales jumping, playing, and stretching often! This made me think about what humans do to the animals and land, selfishly, and how major decisions cans ave species and whole communities!