For this journal entry, I have chosen to relate the meaning of embodiment in the context of climate change and environmental education to the effect human kind is having on the environment. My visual aids in the depiction of this concept, and is divided up into three sections as so: The first section represents our “mother earth”, as the earth makes human life possible, and nourishes us with all the natural resources we need to thrive. The second section represents the grown children of mother earth, AKA human kind. The picture depicts the burning of fossil fuels, which contributes to climate change. It shows that as the children of mother earth grow older, we do not necessarily grow wiser. We choose to harm the earth that gives us life in the name of convenience and greed. The last section depicts two gravestones, one for mother earth, and one for human kind. This is meant to foreshadow the outcome of the decisions regarding the environment we are making today. If we do not start caring for the earth as it has cared for us, both will cease to exist.
The messages of embodiment in the context of climate change and environmental education also link to the arguments presented in this excerpt from Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring. In the excerpt, Carson explains that the damage we are doing to the environment is causing us to slowly poison ourselves. She uses the example of our use of chemical pesticides and other dangerous chemicals that have the ability to reside in our soil and water. Many of these chemicals are taken up by plants and animals, poisoning them. Some of these plants and animals serve as our food source, further infecting us when we consume them. This concept of self- poison can also be applied to climate change, through the burning of fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels releases harmful substances in the form of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming and can become concentrated in our tissues. It is for reasons such as these that this sense of embodiment also connects to environmental education. The emissions, chemicals, and waste we are producing now are perhaps permanently changing the homeostasis earth has taken millennia to achieve. Destroying this balance will cause catastrophic consequences for both the earth, and ourselves. Environmental education is important in that part of its purpose is to educate on this topic, so that we may create change. If we want to continue living on this earth, we must learn to care for the environment.