When thinking about the environment, to means it means being in it and experiencing it in all its glory. One such occasion was during an outing in one of my ESCI classes.
The class started with us rendezvous-ing at Wascana lake. A classmate and I carpooled our way over and found a good place to park. It was a beautiful late summer, early fall day and the leaves were just starting to change colours. The purpose of our visit was to perform several tests on the water quality of Wascana lake. The activity in itself was fun; we had the opportunity to get to know our new classmates all while doing some environmental science.
It was admist all the hustle and bustle of performing the water samples that I paused to soak everything in. The chirping of the birds, the rustling of the leaves, the buzzing of the insects, and the lapping of the water helped ground me in the now. The serenity of it all and how life is such a precious thing made me pause and just enjoy my time outdoors. Even surrounded by the general disorder of everyday life, one can always find time to enjoy the moment.
The process of creative journaling as explained by Hammond is done in order to deepen ones connection to the environment and our own experiences. It’s an interesting and refreshing way to revisit our own experiences and anchor them down. It takes the most fleeting of moments and cements them into the annals of time. The processes simplicity renders it such a viable and useful tool.
This reflection upon even something so menial as a class assignment helps one grow to be more sensible to the environment. As mentionned by Orr, the problem with education today is that it doesn’t engage the living/natural world enough, and creative journaling is an effective manner to remedy this. A glaring problem in today’s society is that people aren’t willing to take the time to delve deeper into the meaning of things, but simply perceiving everything at face value. With time, effort, and perseverance, creative journaling could help develop critical thinking among the populace.
Hammond, W. F. (2002). The Creative Journal: A power tool for learning. Green Teacher,34-38. Retrieved Jan. & feb., 2018.
Orr, David W. “Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect. Washington, DC: Island Press, 1994. 224 Pp.”Industrial & Environmental Crisis Quarterly, vol. 9, no. 4, 1996, doi:10.1177/108602669600900421.