Creative Blog Entry # 1 – January 14

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“ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead). I found this quote recently and was able to draw connections from the reading to it. In this weeks reading, What is Education for? by David Orr, it states that by simply educating people on environmental education we can not expect change, it is only when people who are compassionate and caring, are educated on the issue, that we can expect to see change.

For my first creative journal entry I chose to recreate the famous ‘colors of the wind’ image from the movie, Pocahontas. I chose this image for a couple of reasons. The first reasons is that growing up this was my favorite movie and I spend many days rewinding the tape in order to re-watch the movie. From this movie, I designed an image of what the environment was to me. The image I created was an image of beauty and un- measurable power.

While now as an adult I realize that Pocahontas is both fictitious and grossly unrealistic.   I still imagine the image of all the colors of nature whipping through Pocahontas’ hair when I picture nature. For this reason when we were asked to creatively construct our own idea of what environment was to us, this is what I produced.

In my creative journal I first drew ‘colors of the wind’ to represent all the different colors one can see if they take the time to look within nature. Within the wind there are wheat husks, rain and leaves. The practical reason I drew them this way was that wind carries seeds, rain and all sorts of other things to different areas that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to be reached. This is the reason that we may see a lone pine tree in aspen forest. The less practical reason I chose this was, that’s how the movie depicted it. Within the leaves I wrote various sentences that describe what environment means to me and what I believe environment to be. Finally I drew rain because without rain and water vast majority of the environment would crease to exist.

In closing I thought I would leave with another quote. “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. I chose this quote because I firmly believe that one person teaching environmental education can change the course of the subject area for the better. I also included a clip of Pocahontas in case you haven’t seen the movie.

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