Each one of us will interpret and embody Eco-literacy differently. My poem had an emotional approach. This emotional approach shows hidden concepts around understanding and embodying Eco literacy. For example: how far you have come realizing faults, accepting the need for change, trying to do better. My poem clearly shows that I understand what I can do and stop doing to better my ecological footprint. With realizing my faults I also accepted that I was the one who needed to change. I represented this need for change in the poem by at first lashing out and then coming to an understanding that I was in the wrong and asking for forgiveness. Understanding the world in a harmonious way can be difficult when you have been taking advantage of it for the last 20 years. When you begin to understand Eco-literacy you might feel feelings of guilt realizing that you were once someone that was ignorant to the world around you. From the reading leap manifesto the author writes ”It has given us a rare moment to look at what we have become – and decide to change”. this quote relates to my poem because I am asking for forgiveness because I realized what my actions have turned myself into.
When reading the poetry of others I felt as if I had a glimpse into the writers mind and could feel how they felt. From what I found it was mostly feelings of guilt and passion to become a better person. Most people wrote their poems similar to mine by expressing their emotions. The emotions usually came to a conclusion with an apology or finished with a desire to change. Brianna was an exception to this. Her poem was more of an understanding of the world around her without mentions of feeling guilty or remorseful of her previous actions. Brianna’s poem represented Eco-literacy differently but that did not make it wrong. Eco literacy and embodiment is something that needs to be worked on. Brianna notices her mom in her surroundings, she is noticing how she interprets her mom as Eco literate. Her poem is very positive where I found others not to be including my own. I wondered how and why some people took this assignment in such a negative lens and I realize that we have always been taught that we are only doing wrong to the environment and we need to help. We think that going to extreme hippie is our only chance to save the world and I assume many of us went to schools where we only learnt about how we have been impacting the Environment. We never went to school learning about how to build our relationship with the environment. I am glad Brianna showed me this different way at looking at embodying Eco literacy because it is a positive way to build on relationships with the environment. That is a huge step into becoming Eco literate. I think this is important to mention because we are all on our journey to embodying Eco literacy differently. I might be a few steps behind her and on completely different path but we are still walking to the same destination.
Brody’s poem was more like mine, he was apologizing and had a realization on how he could be better to the world. “Forgive my IGNORANCE and please ACCEPT my apology” is how Brody expressed his understanding of the knowledge he learned and showed his feeling of guilt with a simple apology similar to mine. Brody’s poem was a different style of poetry using words that co-existed with his definition of Eco literacy. He has realized his faults and is now ready to move on and better his footprints. I think many people felt guilty when writing about Eco literacy, because, the environment is something we have lost respect for and have forgotten how much it does for us but we do remember how little we give back.
I chose to write my poem to someone that was not a person or human like figure. The reason I chose not to do that was because I had a hard time thinking of someone who is fully Eco-literate in the society we live in today. Instead I wrote to a figurative person or the earth or god because I believe they have a better understanding of the importance of the earth. Humans like a simplistic world, which makes it hard to be fully eco-literate. It is difficult to be fully Eco-literate because it is hard to understand how we can live in a society without misusing it. Eco-literacy is when a person understands how to live with the world instead of just using it. I felt that a lot of the people who did this assignment just thought being Eco-literate was just to recycle and help every once in a while to get a feeling of satisfaction. When you are eco-literate you understand the reason you are feeling a sense of satisfaction and when you aren’t you are just looking for it. Throughout Claire’s poem she had the same idea and themes of cherishing the earth and living with it in a harmonious balance. While many of poems represented the guilt others represented the passion they felt towards experiencing nature. We all will carry this knowledge of Eco-literacy and continue to go in a better path living harmoniously with nature.