While some argue that we need to look at the world from far away in order to see the damage we’ve inflicted, Alaimo finds that “zooming out” detaches humans from their role and relationship with non-human creatures. Maps of the anthropocene ignore “the liveliness of all creatures except for the human” (146). People observe, without being called to action. She would perhaps like Edmondson’s close observation of a specific area to track the relationships between species and disturbances. The Muckleshoot article looks at the barriers to policies that may (or may not) have helped the environment had they come to fruition.
April 23, 2018