By: Roaldin Fernandez
All of the given reading assignments that we have read so far have the same overall conceptual ideal on approaching sustainability. However, some may have different types of frameworks on how to approach or achieve a sustainable world between the ecology and humans. For example, I would challenge Barthelme's idea that change creates fear in "The School" because it is unknown with Solnit's "Hope In the Dark". Here Solnit expresses the idea that darkness is beautiful because we cannot see the future, it is mysterious. It is not predetermined and because of this there is not just one outcome but also multiple ones, we have control over it by our actions. The majority of these readings expresses or refers to sustainability as being successful in terms of moving forward. Stegner says that progress is not only seen as moving forward but staying put in one spot and become familiar to it. Instead of constant movement where you do not connect with the land, by staying still you will admire your surroundings. Another contradiction can be Lynn's religion that says that Christianity is to blame for having an ecological crisis, versus Andrew’s discourse on the three E's. Which of these will be more successful in achieving sustainability, religion or education? Religion comes from the heart while education comes from the mind. It can be argued that religion will succeed because it comes the heart were emotions lie such as affection and love that can be applied towards the environment.
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By: Erina Sookiasian
All the readings we have done in this semester tie in with the idea and principles of sustainability. With the Eco-theater, I think Edwards 3 E's embody the theater as a whole, especially since it is children’s theater and education is a key factor since they are the future generation so it is our duty to educate them to the best of our abilities. I think George Moore's poem called the "Trails," would be a cool idea for a play. It can portray one’s journey and how everyone not only carves their own path in this world (like we are all taking a new path by taking this sustainability class, exploring new ideas) as well as leaving our mark or "scar on the earth" like Moore says in his poem. The poem also represents that everyone’s path is not easy, just like the road to becoming more sustainable is still a new thought or concept and its a new path that few have explored. With this perspective or analogy in mind, it presents sustainability as a learning discourse that has its challenges and contradictions, but despite all obstacles, there is always a way, and if not, we can always create a new way.
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By: David Huerta
I find Solnit's work to be the best approach towards opening the Eco-readers'-Theatre. Her approach gives way to think of the possibilities that are shadowed by fear or doubt. She applies a retrospective of sudden shifts and turns from dark events that one would not really see beyond. The most positive outcome is the one that everyone looks forward and sometime the negative outcome is neglected. Solnit shares a realistic point of view. To accompany her work, I would use Edwards' work that displays approaches to the topic of sustainability. By breaking down such large topic into simple steps, this allows information to be thoroughly disgusted and practiced. This dense material starts to continue the same realistic approach that Solnit had introduced at the beginning.
Finally to wrap things up with a more artistic point of view, I would insert a poem from our previous poets but I have not yet decided which one. The decision lies between having the poem read as a beckoning light of hope or continue as the hardheaded realist that cannot be taken down as the stone tower that annihilates all possibility of ever changing.
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By: Armig Boghigian
Every assigned reading we have had has connected in some way even if they differ in their outlook on the given matter. I would connect Barthelme's story to reader's theater by connecting children's dialogue. Education is a main pillar of sustainability and portions of this short story will mesh with many other author's perspectives as a backbone for its importance. Snyder's "Axe Handles" can be very well combined with "The School." Both reading's show that knowledge is embedded in children's mind and as their life continues their comprehension of the teachings may have a strong impact on them. The future will depend on children, the present is now and the future starts today. I would include portions of Rebecca Solnit's writing and Lynn White, Jr.'s writing. I would incorporate the positive outcomes that sustainable practices will lead to with the inevitable struggles that will pave the path we are on. Without making troubles an end point for our efforts, I will use Solnit's hopeful words as a means for creating helpful ideas. People have been and are still the reasons for unsustainability but this should not deter us from working towards a sustainable future.