Our lives and present environments are products of history. Our parents and grandparents grew up in very different environments from those of today. Most of us are descendants of immigrants. Our ancestors have used and shaped their environments, often with very different goals and values than ours.
Write an essay of at least 2 typed pages reflecting on your personal environmental history. Consider the following: What kind of environment do you and your family come from? Where were they located? What natural resources sustained your families and their communities? To what extent were those environments “natural” or human-made? How have your families helped to transform their environments? Does your own ethnic and class heritage or gender play a role? How did the relationships your grandparents and parents had with their environments differ from the ones you have had in the past and wish to have in the future?
Note: This is not a family history – most of it should be about your environment.