Author: Elyza Bruce
Caption: This piece depicts a road in my home town where I often go on walks in order to unwind and be alone with my thoughts. In the class “Disability, Ethics and Eco-Justice”, we discussed the concept of “reverence” as tool to truly appreciate and recognize the beauty of nature. After learning this concept, I found myself taking time to appreciate the nature around me whenever I go on my morning walks. Instead of allowing my mind to wander, I really attempt to be present in the moment and notice how the light hit the leaves, the shadows cast by the trees, the taste of the wind…
As a result of this awareness, I recognized the privilege of having access to natural beauty and places with trees and fresh air. As a result of industrialization, there has been a separation between “civilization” and the “natural world”, and likewise, many communities (POC, disabled and low income communities in particular) lack access to green spaces and true wilderness. A major part of eco-justice is ensuring that all communities have equitable access to natural spaces and are given the opportunity to foster environmental awareness.
Tags: Injustice in Life