Landscapes essay Essay

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landscapes essay


Take-Home Essay
The world we live in today is always changing, whether it be technology or the land. As
these changes take place, society must adapt to them. Many things begin to change as a
result of this and society beings to turn into something completely different. One of the
most overlooked changes that takes place is that of the environment and landscape. The
landscape is one of the most important parts of our society's culture and has a great
effect on how we live. It seems that nowadays, many individuals are taking advantage of
the land and nothing appreciating it for every thing that it is worth. Its true that not
everyone is going to look at the environment and landscape in the same way, however that
is no excuse to disrespect it. Then again, a whole new argument can start from that, as
different individuals are going to have different views on what disrespecting the land.
Many positive things have come from taking advantage of the land, and also, there have
been many negative things to come as a result of this. It all depends on how you look at
it. One thing is for sure though, no matter what the case is, the land and environment we
live in plays a huge part in each of our everyday lives.

Our landscape is constantly changing, since the Big Bang Theory to present day. There are
many different factors which can a huge impact on the shaping of the land. There are many
natural disasters such as floods, typhoons, earthquakes, hurricanes, and even wildfires.
They can change the face of the landscape and they can change the shape of the landscape.
Then there is also the human factor. Many huge companies and businesses are always taking
advantage, or as Denis Wood refers to as in "The Spell of the Land," the raping of the
land. It is a very rare sight to being driving nowadays and not see some type of building
being built or a future sight of some type of business. There is nothing that can be done
when looking at the natural disaster factor, but as for the human factor, there are steps
that people can do to prevent the "raping" of the land. Again, like I touched upon in the
introduction, not all usage of the land by companies is a negative thing. It all depends
on your opinion, and the piece of land that is being used. Things such as highways and
interstates have made many individuals everyday lives much more easier. On the other hand,
precious land has been destroyed and torn apart in order to create these two things. Many
restaurants and department stores are also guilty of this too. Now these are things that
we could live without, but many would argue that they make live much easier. A quote from
earlier in the semester from John B. Jackson states that "landscape is a concrete,
three-dimensional shared reality" can be used a good base argument to support the usage of
the land in these situations. Some will argue that the land is there to be used, and we as
a society need to take full advantage of that, wether its building a park, or building a
shopping mall. Then there are those who look at the landscape in a whole different light,
and place much more value on it than those fortune 500 companies. They believe that the
land is a sacred thing, and therefore should not be tampered with. There is no right or
wrong view, its all a matter of what you believe in and value.

Also in the film, "Taken For a Ride," it shows power as being a major force in shaping the
landscape. The film focuses on the effects the large companies in the world and the
products they produce can have. It shows how cities all across the United States have
changed because of the developments in transportation, such as how street cars were a main
fixture found within a lot of cities, and now have pretty much flourished except for in a
few select cities.

In "The Book of Yaak," the author Rick Bass touches on many reasons why the land he lives
in should be protected. Here is a man who cares deeply for the land, and goes to great
lengths to get Congress to take notice of the importance of the Yaak. He values the land
for more than simply just the land. His views are like that of many people in society
today. You don't have to be an environmentalist, park ranger, or something along those
lines to value the land. The landscape is necessary for humans to understand the true
meaning of the world. Things such as lakes, rivers, mountains, trees, rocks, hills, and
animals each play a specific and valuable role in the environment. Each serves its own
purpose, and without each, the environment and landscape would not be what it is. For
example, I use paper in my everyday life, and eat meat just about everyday, and these
products are from trees and animals, which both come from the landscape. I am very
appreciative of these things, and am very thankful to the landscape for them. I don't
consider a situation such as this, as "raping" the land or using the land in a negative
way. Then again, some people may. If the animal was close to becoming extinct or on a
protection list, then I would definitely consider it "raping" the land, or if the trees
which were being used for paper products are coming from a protected area, or an area
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