This week for me is a check in with how things are going, because I discuss my pledge during my seminar discussion. So far, I think I am making progress in my pledge to pick up litter and learn more about litter/littering. Today's seminar discussion will help me transfer my knowledge orally to classmates.
Also, I have been consistent with my chosen outcomes:
DR5.1 (Dynamic Relationships Grade 5) - Analyze the historic and contemporary relationship of people to land in Canada.
DR6.2 (Dynamic Relationships Grade 6) - Analyze ways in which the land affects human settlement patterns and social organization, and ways in which humans habitations affects land.
I have analyzed in my seminar the connections of sacred land accordingly to a FNMI perspective resource about sacred waters, relating to DR5.1. As well, the fact that litter is a cause of human habitation (DR6.2).
From here on I'm going to continue to research about littering so that I can back up my pledge and conversations with others about my pledge with information.
I am curious as to if the location someone is in deters if, or makes them more likely, to litter. For example, I think I would be less likely to litter at my cabin, where it feels like I am in the environment more so than when I am in the city. I think this connects, again, to the Western way of thinking that society and the environment are separate. The city is where humans are, not really where nature is, as there are buildings, infrastructure, industrialization and other man-made aspects, so we consider it to be "ours" and can do with it what we please. This idea was reinforced by the city councilors, they were quick to refocus the topic when spiritual and Aboriginal view of land was mentioned as oppose to the part land plays in economics as something to be bought and sold and to be build on. However, would that not encourage people not to litter in the city because this is home for many people? I may have to examine this more based on observations in the city.