ENVIRONMENTAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY 4
Inthe reflection of my love for the environment, several places comeacross my mind. These environmental locations form valuablelandscapes that influenced my perceptions about the environment. Mostof these landscapes are outdoor environments that have given me manylife lessons in terms of personal values of nature. As a result,these landscapes have formed my value system as a young person, andas I mature in life.
Oneof the landscape environments is the Han’s Royal Garden landscapesin Beijing. The environmental landscape taught me the economic valueof nature and the need to exploit the nature in a friendly manner.The garden is owned by the Dongchen or the Han’s Royal Gardenhotel. The garden is located on 20 Qinlao Hutong, Dongcheng, Beijing,in China. The garden taught me the value of nature because of the wayI observed the hotel gaining sales and revenues from the people whowant to spend time in the garden.
Throughthis location, I learnt the value of conserving the environment. Oneof the reasons I picked from the landscape is the importance of theconservation on the natural processes. The natural processes of plantlife and flower formation gives the landscape its aesthetic value.Therefore, without conserving the environment well, there is I learnthow to conserve the he natural process of plant growth and its rewardto the people. This location has a number of features that taught methis lesson
Anotherimportant lesson is that nature is a part of the universe thatrequires human beings to care for it and love it. I learned that thegarden at the hotel compound is admirable because it is taken care ofby the management. This is the reason why the garden is better thanother locations in the nearby community of Beijing. One of theimportant aspects of the garden is the small land that is wellutilized to create a lovely landscape. One of the concepts of theecology holds that land is a community that requires to be loved andtaken care of (Callicott et al, 2014). Learning this lesson fromclass was easier because I could connect with my memories of theHan’s Royal Garden.
Theinteraction between the elements of nature in the garden becomesbeneficial to the hotel, despite the hotel being a pure hospitalitybusiness. The lesson resonates with the ideas of Aldo Leopold thatsoil, water, plants, air, and animals interact with the human beingsto form a community (Gorman, 2012). In this interaction, it is thehotel that gains through the income generated from the people whocome to enjoy the garden. This is, however, a result of theconservation effort that the management of the hotel has vested inthe garden. The trees are well kept and the grass trimmed toperfection and well landscaped for the guests to enjoy.
Theenvironmental landscapes taught me a general value of conserving theenvironment. I learnt that the environment requires a positivecontribution from human beings to complete the relationship betweeneach part of the environment. More importantly, I learned thesymbiotic relationship between the various elements of nature createsself balance. Symbolically, I can be part of the environment, when Iprotect nature. This is because nature gives back by sustaining mylivelihood. This is done through the provision of air, oxygen, water,and food through animals and the plants that live in it (Gorman2012). This way, the garden environmental landscapes formed my basisof appreciating nature and understanding my own environmental values.
Callicott,J. B., McRae, J., & James, G. A. (2014). EnvironmentalPhilosophy in Asian traditions of thought.New York: State University Press
Gorman,M. E. (2012). TransformingNature: Ethics, invention and discovery.New York: Springer Science Business Media, LLC