Energy and Place Learning Objectives Check-in

Read the following from the project description/syllabus document and then answer the questions below.

Essential Questions

1. How does energy production impact* place?
2. How does your sense of place**, environmental ethic and understanding of our energy needs influence your perception and decisions regarding energy production

*In defining “impact” you can think about it in terms of the impact on the culture, the health of individuals, the land, the economy, technology and scientific progress, future generations, and/or the sustainability of the resources of a specific location or the planet as a whole.

**“Sense of Place” is a concept that describes the quality of people’s relationship with a place. However, you will develop a definition of sense of place that most resonates with you. Some questions you may consider include: Does sense of place include a connection to the natural world separate from people? Does it include people? Does it include a local sense of place or global? Do you define your sense of place as one of economic positioning, social class, geographic location, and/or connection to community and people? Do you define it as very particular spot that holds special meaning to you? Does your connection to land shape your identity? Do you feel rootless or disconnected from community and/or place?

Writing a Personal Sense of Place Essay: Write a personal essay that incorporates elements of nature writing in order to answer one of the essential questions. The essay must demonstrate how you define sense of place and reveal your personal environmental ethic. This assignment can blend fiction and non-fiction but must show a command of the elements of nature writing we study in class. Remember: Show, don’t tell!

Abstract:
Your essay must include an abstract that explains how you are defining sense of place according to the categories of sense of place (what type of relationship and/or community attachment do you show in the essay) and what your environmental ethic is. Your abstract should include a quote from your essay that best shows both of these components.
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