Stupid Table!

Photo Found at http://www.freshvista.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Invasive-illo.jpg This weekend I had the chance to meet two of my friends pet rats for the first time.  It was only my second time meeting a pet rat and a nice reward at the end of my project, after the Festival of Scholars ended.  The hung out on my hand, crawled around…

What happens next?

Spring break just ended and my group for my engagement project has our final workshop on Friday.  This is our last chance to engage before the festival of scholars on April 16th.  For this post, I believe it would be most useful to simply lay out what has been done and what needs to be…

Engagement… With Friends?

Saturday my engagement group held our first workshop, and in many ways, it went surprisingly well considering we had a week to prepare.  Those who attended for the most part participated with thoughtful comments and listened openly to others.  Considering how quickly we introduced concept maps to them, they picked up on it fairly well….

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Rats

  The reading for the class discussio]]><![CDATA[n my group is leading tomorrow, Thirteen Ways of Looking at Invasive Species, is exactly what it sounds like.  Larson (2007) gives thirteen perspectives from which we may or do view invasive species (IS as he refers to them).  Since rats themselves can be categorized as invasive species, I decided to…

Two Species at War

My groups engagement project has turned into an endeavor of art engagement surrounding urban ecology, and the beings in urban areas that are unwanted, considered waste, and considered a problem (discard studies to be more precise).  Feona, who has a strong interest in listening to people, will be focusing on the humans element, specifically houseless people.  Sierra is…

Environmental Engagement as a Practice of Inclusion

In ENVS 295, we have come to agree on a pattern in our readings in regard to the theme of connection in environmental engagement.  Just as we have come to view environmental engagement as relating to the connecting of ideas, disciplines, practices, and more, the readings for each week similarly relate to one another.  In class…

An Alternative to Belief Conversion

For a while I have been struggling with how arduous and unfeasible it is to try to convince climate change deniers that anthropocentric global warming is real.  I have also been struggling with what I can do instead of convince them. Bain et al. (2012) believes they have conducted the first scientific study to answer…

Identity politics in America

The articles we read on the election primarily focus on the downsides of identity and identity politics.  There is a fine line that must be walked. It’s impossible to ignore that identity is important to many people and that people identify rightfully with many cultures and subcultures, not just the “American identity.”  However, this election…

Solace in “Wicked Problems”

Environmental problems are messy and they don’t have simple solutions. This is the essential idea Steve Rayner (2014) tries to get across in his essay “Wicked Problems”. Take climate change for instance; an endless list of factors contribute to it (factory manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, deforestation, the list goes on…), and none of them have just…