Environmental Stewardship, Ownership, and the Frontier View

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Stewardship, Ownership,
and the Frontier View
Environmental stewardship, ownership and
  the frontier view are all different ideas
  about how humans interact with the
  natural environment.

         Environmental Stewardship

Q: Based on your previous experiences, what is
  environmental stewardship?
From Wikipedia:
n Every person has a responsibility to look after the planet
  both for themselves and for the future generations.
  Acting irresponsibly could cause damage such as
  pollution, the destruction of cultural heritage, and many
  other problems. (1)

Fisheries and Oceans Canada:
n Environmental stewardship is an ethic that embodies
   cooperative planning and management of environmental
   resources with organizations, communities and others to
   actively engage in the prevention of loss of habitat and
   facilitate its recovery in the interest of long-term
   sustainability. (2)
     Environmental Ownership

     Q: Based on your experiences, what is
       Environmental Ownership?
n   Canadians do not own wild animals or plants just
    because they live in that environment. We have no right
    to move them around or to change an ecosystem
    whenever we feel like it, even if we believe it is for the
    better good. If an ecosystem has been damaged it is
    best if we leave it on its own, it will grow, move and
    evolve without input from human influence.
    (Adapted from Nelson Science 10) (1)
     The Frontier View

     Q: Based on your experiences, what is
      the Frontier View?
n   To feed ourselves and the hungry of the world we must
    open up, clear and claim wilderness areas for ranching
    and other forms of agriculture. Anything that we need
    to do to an ecosystem to better our communities is
    (Adapted from Nelson Science 10) (1)
n   Can these views coexist or are they mutually exclusive?

n   Take 3 minutes and write down 2 examples of situations
    or activities that reflect each view.

n   For example, the Oak Park housing development
    requires changing an ecosystem to provide more
    housing in Oakville. This reflects the _________ of
    environmental stewardship. (3,4)
What viewpoint does this speech represent?

Man has a poor understanding of Life. He mistakes
  knowledge for wisdom. He tries to unveil the Holy
  secrets of our Father, the Great Spirit. He attempts
  to impose his laws and ways on Mother Earth.
  Even though he, himself, is part of Nature, He
  chooses to disregard and ignore it for the sake of
  his own immediate gain.

But the laws of nature are far stronger than those of
  Mankind. Mankind must awake at last and learn to
  understand little time there remains before he will
  become the cause of his own downfall.
And he has so much to learn. To learn to see with
   the heart.
He must learn to respect Mother Earth – She who has
   given Life to everything: to our Brothers and
   Sisters, the Animals and the Planets; to the rivers;
   the lakes, the oceans and the wind.
He must realize that this Planet does not belong to
   him, but that He has to care for and maintain the
   delicate balance of nature for the sake of the
   wellbeing of our children and of all future
It is the duty of Man to preserve the Earth and the
   creation of the Great Spirit. Mankind being but a
   grain of sand in the Holy Circle which encloses all of
                             Chief White Cloud
n   In recent years Milton has been rated as the fastest growing
    city in Canada. Milton is surrounded by very fertile farmland.
    A landowner just outside town has died and left a large plot of
    farmland in the care of his trustee. The trustee has
    instructions to donate it to a person or groups of people or
    company that makes the best case for the use of the land. To
    help make his decision, the trustee has decided to allow each
    of these people/groups/companies to make a one minute
    speech to explain their viewpoint.
n   In groups of 5-6 students, create brief profiles (a paragraph)
    of three fictional people or groups of people or companies
    that want the land. Each of these people/groups/companies
    must represent ONE of the viewpoints we have been
n   Once you have created your fictional groups, write a one
    minute speech for each group.
1.   Ritter, B., Plumb, D., Jenkins, F., van Kessel, H. and Hirsch, A.
     (2001) Science 10 (1st ed.). Scarborough. Nelson.
2.   Fisheries and Oceans Canada. (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/index-
     eng.htm). Accessed Sept. 9, 2009.
3.   Statemaster.com , Encyclopedia, Urban Planning.
     Accessed Sept. 9, 2009.
4.   Environmental Education for Kids, Wisconson Forest Poster.
     (http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/eek/nature/habitat/forest2.htm )
     Accessed Sept. 9, 2009.
5.   NGA Kids, Portrait of White Cloud.
     (http://www.nga.gov/kids/catlin/catlin2a.htm) Accessed Sept.9,

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