The essays by Carson, Moore, and Boyle all raise questions about our need to “accommodate ourselves to this planet.? Based on the readings for this week, do you believe we need to do more to respect the “principles by which nature works? Refer to at least one of these readings in your response.
I believe that we do have a responsibility to nature and to the planet as a whole. The
mysteries of the world are not yet know to us, and for that it should be respected. We
know more about space than our own ocean. New species of plants and animals are
discovered everyday. We believe that we have a good grasp of how nature and the
environment works, but really, we have no clue at all. Because of this we should be
cautious to how we approach and view nature and the environment. The principles by
which nature works are extremely long-lasting, much more so than us. Nature has had
much longer to change and adapt to the environment and we are altering millions of years
in subtle changes in nature's structure. Nature should not be the one being altered, it
should be us. There is an order among nature that mankind does not seem to have. There
is a balance that sustains itself for millennia. This is a great power far beyond our
greatest accomplishments; it ought to be respected and preserved. It is the very least we
can do if we really are the Stewarts of this planet. Why would we want it any other way?
Why would we choose to let the planet unravel while we sit here while we deny the
problem until it is too late? Why do we not at least consider the long term consequences
of our own actions against nature and the environment? We must move with the
environment and nature. We must mirror its image; mold ourselves to its form. This is
the only way we can achieve sustainability and honoring the respect of the environment.