While this class focused a lot on the environmental factors, the artifact that I have chosen to reflect on is my reflection on our City As Text assignment in Irvington, Virginia, in which we directly interacted with the citizens of the town to understand the effects of how living on the Bay and near the oystering industry effects how they live.
First, I never knew how unhealthy the Chesapeake Bay was. As learned in class and through talking to seasoned waterman Captain William Saunders, we learned that the oyster population, along with other specie populations are dwindling as an effect of the human-caused pollution creating red zones, or algal-blooms, that create areas without oxygen that are increasing in size each summer. Not only this, but overfishing and improper technology also lead to the decline in population. After all, the oyster population is only 3% of what it used to be. I never would have known all of this, or really felt the impact of the information that I have read, had I not been avle to see the problem with my own eyes.
In writing this reflection, I realize that my actions, while they may seem initially harmless, can matter to others.