A Walk In The Woods Analysis

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The environment is ever changing, therefore has no absolute definition but at the same time has infinite definitions. How do you define something that is everything? It’s hard to put a definition on something that is so broad. Everywhere we look we see the environment, everything we do involves the environment. The environment is everywhere. From when you first wake up in the morning, you notice the sound of birds chirping and the sun shining. That is a simplest form of the environment. One of the last things you see before going to bed at night may be the stars outside your window. The environment is naturally beautiful and is right in front of us, we just need to look further and deeper into our everyday routines.

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You look at mountains, beaches or oceans, fields of flowers and cannot help but see the natural beauty found within, but if you look even deeper you can see destruction too; snow covered mountains produce landslides, oceans have hurricanes and cause massive flooding. We as humans are an essential part of the environment whom also are destructive. In A Walk in the Woods by Richard Louv you hear a child’s perspective of nature who feels that when she’s in the woods she is in her mother’s shoes. The little girl describes nature as “so peaceful” where the air smells good and feels that it’s completely different there. In nature “it is your own time” and if you’re having a bad day or are angry about something, being with nature will uplift your mood. This child spent a lot of her time in the same part of woods near her home and to her it was one of her favorite places to be, that was until it was torn down. She felt that when the woods were cut down, they cut down part of her. That statement left Louv wondering; “Does a child have a right to a walk in the woods? Does an adult? Isn’t the relationship between human beings and nature inherently oppositional?” This question surfaced the thought that nature remains the “other.” Humans are in it, but not of it. Today too many people believe humans have an entitlement to things within nature; we have a right to build on the land, we have a right to drive our cars which pollute the

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