Land Acknowledgment Discussion Assignment
“Life on the Planet has sustained itself for billions of years by continually regenerating itself. Our modern industrial culture has interfered with these natural processes to the point of causing massive extinctions of species and threatening our very survival. This [incites]… the important discussion of the worldview and value system we need to redesign; our businesses, economies, and technologies — in fact, our entire culture — so as to make them regenerative rather than destructive.”
Fritjof Capra, author of The Web of Life, coauthor of The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision.
Part I. Land acknowledgement
Write a land acknowledgement recognizing the first peoples of South Florida. Here is an example: https://nativegov.org/our-story/the-land-we-are-on/
Research the land in your region (South Florida): Ecosystems (terrestrial and marine), cultural and heritage sites, natural resources, local flora and fauna, and protected parks. Create a visual with text that illustrates your local ecosystems, first peoples, and heritage.
For example: “The biome of the Sahara Desert, for instance, includes a wide variety of ecosystems. The arid climate and hot weather characterize the biome. Within the Sahara are oasis ecosystems, which have date palm trees, freshwater, and animals such as crocodiles. The Sahara also has dune ecosystems, with the changing landscape determined by the wind. Organisms in these ecosystems, such as snakes or scorpions, must be able to survive in sand dunes for long periods of time. The Sahara even includes a marine environment, where the Atlantic Ocean creates cool fogs on the Northwest African coast. Shrubs and animals that feed on small trees, such as goats, live in this Sahara ecosystem” (“Ecosystems”).
In addition, include threats to our ecosystem (at least 5 examples), and most importantly, what are possible solutions for these systems to rebound.
(Resources: Local ecosystem / the biome you live in)
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