"At this point of unimaginable threats on the horizon, that is what hope looks like. In these times of a morally bankrupt government that has sold out its principles, this is what patriotism looks like. With countless live on the line, this is what love looks like. And it will only grow."
Bidder 70 was a great documentary that really places civil disobedience in a modern era. When I think about civil disobedience I think about the past; slavery a women’s rights. But it is modern. Gay rights and environmental problems are happening now. And DeChristopher perfectly displays a non-violent form of civil disobedience on behalf of the green movement. I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed what he did and I appreciated his effort, but I was left disappointed when I realized that there wasn't enough outreach. This event happened in Utah and I consider myself very involved in environmental news, but I never heard of this. He often quoted MLK and Gandhi as if he were comparing himself with them, but he is not known worldwide, he is a hometown hero. I am in no way discrediting what he did or how outrageous his sentence was, but I rented this from Amazon, and there was only 5 reviews. Most movies I rent have hundreds. I appreciate his act of civil disobedience and I would like to believe that I would do the same thing.
The East was nuts. I loved it. I wish I was that badass, but I am not. I am a full advocate for non-violence activism. Personally, I don't believe that guns should ever be necessary. Ever. I do see a point that is made in The East that these people are indirectly killing people, but I do not think the solution is guns. The group in the movie bothered me as their rituals, although meaningful, were very out of the ordinary. My main issue with being considered an environmentalist is that idea that environmentalists are these weird hippies that frolic naked in fields and just do drugs and weird shit. I don't do most of those things. This movie really played into that stereotype. What if The East was a bunch of completely "normal" people? The entire feel of the movie would have changed. Being a movie, not a documentary, I feel that there was a lot of different emotions that came up as opposed to the other films we have viewed. With the action and the suspense I found myself rushed and anxious about the situations as they played out. I loved the amount of news the group generated but it was not good news, it was them being pictured as terrorists, not environmentalists.
A Friend of the Earth
I read this book last summer and didn’t like it at all, but re-reading it has given me a little more appreciation for it. Although I personally understand Ty’s motives, I can see that it is probably really difficult for other readers to get the push behind his actions. Boyle doesn’t really give a lot of detail to support his personality. The world around Ty is startling with the extinctions and deforestation that has left the planet completely ravaged. I feel like there is a lot going on throughout the novel that is distracting and unimportant. Throughout the book I was waiting for the detail that Ty is half Jewish to have some relevance – it doesn’t. I like the overall idea of the novel and the impact it has on today’s readers but I think it could have been much better presented perhaps with different writing styles, not the jumping back and forth.
Communicating With Nature - Ch 10
I found this chapter to be the most enlightening. Although I really enjoy Corbett's writing I think this was the most influential to me. I consider myself an activist, or perhaps it is more accurate to say aspiring activist, and what really is activism? If I donate money every month to the Sierra Club, is that a form of activism? I don’t really think it is, I think I am just help support an organization that fights for what I believe in. It’s almost like it’s a religion, like I am donating money to the church. The dominant social paradigm versus the environmental paradigm was a very interesting comparison in this chapter. I wrote the chart in my notebook as it reminds me of the anthropogenic versus ecocentric scale. Formal institutional environmental organizations versus informal grassroots also gave me a lot to think about as per my career. I want to be an advocate for the environment and I think that I want to lean more towards the grass roots organizations earlier in my career and eventually get to more formal organizations. It gave me a lot to think about.