Imagine that you are a resident of Ashfordton, a community whose characteristics are described below. You have come together with your neighbors for a special meeting to devise a management plan for helping the community become more resilient and sustainable in terms of its food production by 2050. A community that is resilient is able to recover quickly from events like drought or storms. By increasing its own food production, Ashfordton can also reduce its food miles—the distance that imported food must travel. By making its food production more sustainable, Ashfordton can help ensure that its residents’ food needs are supplied for generations to come, without placing undue harm on the local environment in the process.
Fortunately, you have all attended the meeting with the knowledge that you have gained from your readings in this course. Now it is time to put your thinking cap on and get to work! Your ideas should consist of one or more of the following elements (some suggestions may apply to both categories):
Food resiliency measures (e.g., building vertical farms in the city center to ensure that urban residents can have access to fresh, organically grown produce).
Food sustainability measures (e.g., phasing out use of organic pesticides in favor of companion planting and other organic methods).
Post at least two separate and entirely original ideas. Do not duplicate ideas already posted by your peers.
Include your full name for each one.
Post at least six different pros and six different cons for your classmates’ proposed ideas (12 in all).
Please use the following information on Ashfordton as you complete this assignment.Population: 32,434hPopulation Growth: +4.7%Elevation 56 ft. above sea levelAvg. Low Temp (Jan.): 25oFAvg. High Temp (July): 64oFAnnual Rainfall: 71 in.Annual Snowfall: 80 in.Sunny Days Per Year: 86Drinking Water Source: groundwater and riverUrban Area: 14 sq. mi.Main Power Source: natural gasAverage Commute: 15.6 minutes% Taking Mass Transit: 5.3%Top Occupations: public administration (23.8%)health care (12.3%)educational services (8.1%)retail trade (8.7%)Overview:The community of Ashfordton is located at the base of a mountain, on a secluded ocean inlet, surrounded by rugged, forested land covered with spruce and fir trees. The only access to the city is by ferry or plane; no roads connect it to other communities in the region. Winters are wet, mild, and long, with limited sunlight due to its location so far north. The city serves as the capital for the state of New Grammarly. The city is renowned for its scenic beauty; tall mountains capped by glaciers can be seen from the downtown. Tourism is a significant source of revenue. Fishing is still important to the community, although it is an occupation for only a very small fraction of the city’s residents.
Define the term thoroughly, in your own words.
Explain the importance of the term using evidence.
Discuss how the term affects living things and the physical world.
Suggest two specific actions that can be taken to promote environmental sustainability in relation to the term.
Explain exactly how those actions will aid in safeguarding our environment in relation to your chosen term.
Provide detailed examples to support your ideas.
The Sustainable Living Guide Contributions: Sustaining Our Atmosphere and Climate paper
Must be a minimum of three paragraphs in length (not including title, any quoted text, or references) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.)
Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
Must use at least two scholarly sources in addition to the course text. To receive optimal credit, use at least one scholarly source from a peer-reviewed academic journal. To aid you in your research, and particularly in locating scholarly sources via the Ashford University Library or using Google Scholar, please review the following Ashford videos and tutorials:
Scholarly and Popular Resources (Links to an external site.)
(Links to an external site.)Database Search Tips (Links to an external site.)
(Links to an external site.)Research, Keywords, Databases: An Overview (Links to an external site.)
Accessing Full text and citation in Google Scholar: SCI207 – Google Scholar (Links to an external site.)
Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.
Observe: Once you are outdoors, choose a comfortable spot where you can stand or sit quietly for at least 1 hour of uninterrupted solitude. Turn off all electronic devices. Quietly take in your surroundings. What do you notice? Use your senses of sight, hearing, smell, and feeling to take the world in. Be as still and quiet as you can.
Please note: You should plan to complete this step no later than Week 4.
Write: Either while you are outdoors or as soon after your return as you can, set aside at least a half an hour of uninterrupted time to write about your nature experience. It should include both what you directly experienced during your time outdoors and your feelings and reflections on the experience itself. In your writing, consider this question: Are human beings a part of nature, or apart from it?
Please note: You should plan to complete this step no later than Week 4. It is not necessary to share your journal work with anyone, but taking the time to write about your experience will provide you with valuable raw material for the next step.
Create: Choose a creative means of sharing your nature experience, and what you learned from it, with the class. This could take the form of a series of photographs with captions, a poem, a song, a brief personal essay, a work of art, the design for a board game, a video of some kind, or any other creative avenue you can think of. The work should be entirely your own product.
Please note: You should plan to start on this step by Week 4 at the latest.
Share: Share your completed creative project with the class by uploading it to the Nature Experience Project discussion board by Day 3 of this week. If your work is entirely visual or auditory (e.g., fine art, photography, music, etc.), please include a brief statement of 100 to 200 words that (1) relates your work back to your original nature experience; and (2) relates your work to the question of whether you feel you are a part of nature or apart from it. Upload visual or auditory content to an online repository that allows you to share a link to the content with others.
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