Annotated Bibliography; RCP V

“Don’t Kill the Deer in Rock Creek Park”

Kirkpatrick, Jay, and Allen Rutberg. “Don’t Kill the Deer in Rock Creek Park.” The Washington Post; Washington, D.C., 3 Feb. 2013, p. C.4. ProQuest,

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In their “Don’t Kill the Deer in Rock Creek Park,” Kirkpatrick and Rutberg discredit the urgency to kill deer roaming and living in the national park. The suggestion of killing deer is something direly inhumane (Kirkpatrick and Rutberg). The deer, as the writers indicate, have existed in Rock Creek since the park’s existence, which dates back to some 120 years. There is no current “population crisis” when it comes to the animals, but even if there were, there are much safer and less violent ways of going about dealing with the situation. Kirkpatrick and Rutberg, two political specialists in the field of animals, recommend, for limiting the number of deer, using fertility control, which has been a successful method in regulating the species growth -if need be- in a natural/urban area. In totality, it would be stupid to kill off the deer first, then administer the contraceptives, which is (or was for the timing of the article release) the current plan for Rock Creek. No other national park has ever taken to this order of events; so why start now? The authors think the use of contraceptive agents is the best approach and vehemently critique any thought of actually taking the lives of deer.

This specific piece adds something to my research by showing two contrasting opinions about preserving Rock Creek Park life. It is not just one side or the other, just like how it is neither black nor white. While you have those who are entirely appreciative of maintaining the park as much in its natural element as it can be, you have those who either fear wildlife or want to take the region for themselves as well. In terms of connecting “Don’t Kill the Deer in Rock Creek Park,” I can bring the piece that talked about protecting the native greenery into relation with this one, as well as the missions and objectives of Rock Creek Conservancy, an organization driven by a necessity to protect Rock Creek and all of its components.

“Dear Future Generations, Sorry”

Prince Ea. “Dear Future Generations, Sorry.” Facebook, 20 Apr. 2015.

In his “Dear Future Generations, Sorry,” Prince Ea, a devoted poetic revolutionary, offers a collective apology to the generations to come because of the mess of world we left them to deal with. The spoken word artist makes a point to name specific components of our planet, like the Amazon forest, the native animals, the ice cap and something as foundational as trees, that we barely have now, meaning that future generations will fail to know. A powerful move was Prince Ea calling the Amazon rainforest, the Amazon “desert” because that is probably what the next generations will come to know it as. The number one reason, as Prince Ea honestly puts forward, for this careless extermination of animals, trees and natural habitats is the greed that pushes people to think of “poison[ing] the ocean” as progress instead of destruction. He relates the increasing problem that climate change is to the situation in Bangladesh, where residents had their homes washed up and taken away from them because of the rising sea level (Prince Ea). The speaker calls out Sarah Palin for saying she “love[s] the smell of fossil fuels” when thousands of kids in China have to wear face masks because of the lasting effects of pollution and contamination (Prince Ea). Even though the entire video is ridiculously eye-opening, the most influential thing about it is Prince Ea retracting his apology to future generations, for the man insists that we can still make a change today. Us. The little people. Not the politicians or the people who are constantly threatening the only planet we have. We have the power to make our footprint a garden, not a sinkhole (Prince Ea). The rapper’s words really capture the essence of our problem, how to get to the root of it, and how to change it for the better.

This video, which I watched two years ago, is the inspiration for the innovative take I want to make on my project for Rock Creek Park. I want to emphasize that “we are not apart from nature; we are a part of nature” (Prince Ea). I want to do this by signaling to the many estates, homes, and recreational centers that live nestled in Rock Creek Park. This can really be the way in which we become one with nature in our consistently shifting/evolving urban atmosphere. Of course, there are pros and cons to everything. However, I really think Prince Ea’s video can really allow me to make a point about how Rock Creek Park takes somewhat of a step forward when it comes to conserving the natural environment when everything else seems purely destructive.

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