Do you think identifying nature as a resource separates us from it? Is there another way to frame our role in nature that might be possible?
This is a subject that is near and dear to me is similar to that which has happened in Ohio sadly years ago. Beautiful coastlines of Lake Erie, were just seen as a great catalyst for the industrial revolution. The pollution destroyed the land and now it is a barren waste land. It is known as the Diamond Alkali/Shamrock site. This could mimic the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if drilling is allowed on the area.
In are reading, our character Uncle Charley thinks of the land in a money sense, what can the environment give to himself in gold pay offs. His thoughts are clouded of the thoughts of vast riches and this is what we must guard against in our lives, greed over the overall picture in life, the beauty around us. This is especially true of the environment, as nature is fragile and susceptible to the abuses that mankind can inflict upon the lands with mechanized tools of destruction and poison agents of pollution.
The narrator at least writes of the beauty and value of the land, which is in contrast of Uncle Charley’s vision of worth. Beauty is far more that the worth of the land in a monetary fashion. Though, wise use of the land may in many ways can be self sustaining such as correct forestry practices. Sadly, oil and gas exploration are considered non-renewable resources and them thusly will run out, and that is it. The damage on the land is all that remains, a long lasting scar on the face of the planet to mark human greed in excess.