Today, I will answer the following questions:
How doThoreau’s descriptions of the non-human world fit into Cronon’s discussion of wilderness (or wildness)? Do you agree with Cronon that Thoreau demonstrates a “stern loneliness” in his experience of “wilderness” at Walden Pond (and elsewhere)? Does he find “wildness” while walking (without entirely leaving civilization far behind)?
In both Thoreau’s “Walking” and Cronon’s “The Trouble With Wilderness”, similar topics, such as ‘Walking’, wilderness, and preservation are discussed. In his paper, Cronon seems to provide edits to Thoreau’s opinions and statements, acknowledging him as a fellow environmentalist. Both writers have similar opinions about the wilderness and it’s history with humankind, and both boldly state their opinions to any reader.
Living in a more modern time, however, Cronon takes a more modern view on preservation and the wilderness. Whereas Thoreau identifies the world’s beautiful destinations and backyards, Cronon talks about a more recent idea: An environmental brand of social justice. Rather than preserve faraway natural beauty, Cronon advocates for preservation of areas that directly affect people’s lives, such as inner city groundwater or purity of the air. Cronon argues that ecosystems near people should be protected just as much as ecosystems surrounding natural landmarks. Due to today’s culture of justice and inclusion, Cronon’s opinion is more updated, but the basis of Cronon’s and Thoreau’s beliefs are rooted in the same principles- preservation all nature to the fullest possible extent.