VCE Outdoor & Environmental Studeis Unit 1 - Term 2 ‘Humans and Nature’
What is it?• Understanding the relationship that humans have with nature?• How do we value it?• How do we use it? Why do some people use in certain ways and others in different ways.• What are the effects of this?• How can we change it.
Topics• Valuing nature • Why we think it is important• Ways of knowing natural environments • How we understand nature – the way we look at it• Access to outdoor experiences • What affects access• Technology‘s Influence on Outdoor Experience • The impacts technology has had on the way we use natural environments• Add these to your mind map!
What YOU need to do• Satisfactorily complete the tasks in your one note notebook • Most will be done in class • May need to finish/catch-up in own time. • Will be checked during term and catch up classed given if necessary.• Satisfactorily complete end of Semester Exam
Valuing Nature• “One man’s trash is another mans treasure”• What does this saying mean?• You and your mum go to Kmart. – Where do you want to go? – Where does she want to go? – The way that we value nature determines the way in which we will act in it.
Example of a natural environment• stream with rapids• waterhole before rapids• grassy green plain in front of water hole• small shrubs, flowers and berry bushes• Group of wallabies on grass and birds in the trees• Plain is only a small clearing in eucalypt forest,• mountains in backdrop.
Example• Artist – values the beauty. Wants to just sit and watch, or capture the way he/she feels.• Biologist – Values knowledge – wants to find out as much as he can.• Aborigine – values his life – will use the environment to survive.• Kayaker – values his own enjoyment – seeks adventure and goes kayaking
What are the values people may have?• Valuing environments as a resource• Valuing for recreation and adventure• Valuing for spiritual connection and sense of place.• Valuing as a study site.
Valuing for resource - Removing parts of the environment to use.• To survive.• To help your family survive• To support your community• To make money• To get rich• Can Be; – Sustainable OR eg? – Non-sustainable eg?
Valuing for Adventure and Recreation• Activities undertaken for fun or pleasure. Not usually competitive but rather for personal and/or social benefits.• Enables and provide reasons for people to visit natural environments which they may not have otherwise visited – allowing personal experiences.• Can bring impacts on environment associated with the activities and high usage.
Spiritual Connection• ‘A deep understanding and sense of belonging in a place’. No personal gain comes from using or being in the environment’• “Why would it be harder for us to have a spiritual connection with a particular environment?” Think about the activities we have done and the experiences we have had.
Typical Camp Schedule• 7:30 – Wake Up• 8:00 – Breakfast• 9:00 – Morning Meeting• 9:30 - 1st Rotation - Canoeing• 11:00 - 2nd Rotation – Low Ropes• 12:30 – Lunch• 1:30 - 3rd Rotation - High Ropes• 3:00 – 4th Rotation – Leap of faith.• 4:30 – Meet in communal area.• 5:00 – Free time in cabins/communal area.• 6:00 – Dinner• 7:00 – Free Time• 8:00-9:00 – Night Walk• 9:30 – In cabins• 10:00 – Lights Out
Questions• Write the definition for ‘Spiritual Connection’.• Write down what you think it means to be a ‘slave to time’.• Do you think you are a slave to time/technology? Include some examples of when you think this happens and use them to justify your decision.• How can being a slave to time make it harder for you to have a spiritual experience when we go on our trip this term? Refer to your definitions of spiritual connection and “slaves to time”.• When we go on our hike, what is one thing we could do to make it harder, and one thing we could do to make it easier to have a spiritual connection? Think about the things you identified that make you a “slave to time”.