April 25, 2007

Blog Prompt Week 15

This week we're thinking about sustainability. Ridley and Low contest that in order to get people to adopt sustainable business and living practices we must appeal to their self-interest. This week I want you to consider whether we can get people to live sustainably by appealing to their better natures, or whether we need to provide some incentive or disincentive to create change. Or, would an appeal to both conscience and self-interest be our best bet? Why?

April 18, 2007

Blog Prompt Week 14

This week you should consider Terry Tempest Williams’ discussion with Sandy Lopez regarding the relationship of women and the land (page 83/10). Williams and her friend discuss how the both the bodies of women and the body of the earth have been mined, how men subjugate women and nature because they’ve lost intimacy with themselves. What do you make of the conversation between Tempest Willams and Lopez? Do you agree that there’s a connection between the way women and the land are treated? Do you think that a culture of domination is part of the problem when it comes to environmental abuses?

Blog posts to comment on: Mike J, Christina W, and Jenessa O

April 11, 2007

Blog Prompt Week 13

Edward Abbey says of the Utah desert he so eloquently describes, "This is the most beautiful place on earth." He then goes on to claim, "There are many such places." This week, write clearly and concisely about your "most beautiful place on earth." The goal of this post is to evoke this place, and the feelings you have about it, for your reader.

April 4, 2007

Blog Prompt Week 12

Sigurd Olson suggests that we require a connection with the natural world in order to maintain our balance. He states that human happiness and human dignity depend on our ability to maintain natural spaces and our connection to them. Do you agree with Olson? Why or why not?

March 28, 2007

Blog Prompt Week 11

We've talked in class about corporate pollution, but we haven't really discussed the impact we have on the environment as individuals. This week, I'd like you to think a bit about your own environmental impact. What things do you do every day, what activities do you engage in, what products do you consume, which have an impact on the environment? Are you willing to alter your behavior--drive less often, consume fewer products--in order to live more lightly on the land? Why or why not?

Although we'll talk about sustainability in more detail at the end of the semester, you may want to take a look at this website which provides some information on how you can lessen your impact on the environment.

March 19, 2007

Blog Prompt Week 10

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.

February 14, 2007

Listen In

The most recent Speaking of Faith program addresses the question of the relationship between paganism and environmentalism. This hour-long program is worth listening to.

Here are a couple other resources you may want to check out:

MPR recently explored the relationship between environmentalism and religion in Minnesota’s faith community. Find more information on this issue here.


I just stumbled across this collection of information on Gary Snyder, whom we'll be reading later in the semester. You can listen to an interview with Snyder or hear him read his poems here.