Nature is the world around us, except for that which is man made. Even then, what makes up our inventions comes from nature or is inspired by nature. It is beautiful and destructive, inspirational and disheartening. It supplies us with the essentials that insures our survival, and yet it is this which humans exploit everyday. Nature gives so much and takes little in comparison. In turn, it is our responsibility to take care of it as it presents itself and use it as it was meant to be used.

Humans are innovative creatures with a knack to enhance almost anything. This nature of ours makes it impossible to have enough of most anything when everything is becoming better though. That short sighted drive leaves us looking towards the end result and not what happens in between now and then. It is that which causes multiple problems, including those for us and nature.

With all the advancements taking place in society, there is a demand for energy worse than ever before. So where does it all come from? Most of our energy supply comes from fossil fuels that have been in the earth for millions of years. We extract this fuel from the ground which leaves large holes that have to be filled with something not normally occurring in that area. Then we go so far as to burn the fuels to propel our society, all the while emitting carbon dioxide.

Due to the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is heating up because the earth can only absorb around half of what is being released. The other half remains in the air. This is causing the sun rays which should be released back into space to remain on earth and resulting in global warming. Ice caps are melting, weather patterns are shifting, and yet nothing beneficial has come from it. Instead of having plenty of water and warm weather the area that I reside in is experiencing late winters. This means less rain and snow, and more concern for drought.

Nature is often times a source of inspiration when one looks at the beautiful parts of it. What happens when the beautiful parts dwindle and die during drought? We turn our heads. When it has nothing left to offer we ignore the "Nature-in-itself" and seek the "Nature-as-experience" (Oates). Instead of looking towards another romanticized part of nature, which we seek for our own selfish reasons, why not try to assist what has lost our fancy? If humans actually used nature as intended and did not seek to exploit it's richness, perhaps it would not lose its beauty to being with. Let us all stop taking from nature and for once give something back.

Annie White

Nature

5/1/09