There is a perfect example of a sustainable community that has thrived through billions of years. In this community, living things balance one another, they create networks to help one another, and they have adopted patterns and relationships in order to sustain throughout generations. This example is seen by doing the simple act of stepping outside. The ecosystems in our natural world possess this principle of sustainability that, as Capra argues if humans model, we will be able to come closer to understanding and implement sustainable living. Unfortunately, much of the natural environment is used to our disposal creating a hazard in equilibrium. Ecoliteracy, as I see it, is the ability to not only be aware and understand, but to form a bond to the natural world. It’s like having a healthy relationship; two people are on the same terms and have the same values and ideologies. On the flip side, an unhealthy relationship creates inertia which results in the acceptance of the current state of whatever your situation is.
The statement that resonating with me the most in the Capra reading was at the very end with regards to educating children on ecoliteracy before they become “marinated” in technology and a materialistic culture. I do want to state that technology is not a bad thing, in my opinion, and can greatly contribute to the environment in positives ways. However, it is the culture of technology in youth that seems to be detrimental. Some of my fondest memories as a child was playing outside and experiencing the outdoors. As technology becomes more and more integrated into young children’s possession, the thrill of nature seems to be disintegrating. Obviously, this is not the case for all children, and parents and educators who are passionate about the environment and ecoliteracy have control over this. But on a larger spectrum in Western culture, I think that the appreciation of nature needs an extra push. My creative journal represents the idea that a child, filled with creativity and the want to explore, is being trapped in a culture of technology and materialistic wants that limits this. I purposely drew the child on the water to emphasize just how obvious our natural environment is and how easily accessible it is to our own learning opportunities.