Hiking in the Appalacian Mountains
Recently, my travel softball team and I played a tournament in Roanoke, Virginia. During my free time, I decided to go hiking with my teammates in the Appalachian Mountain trail. It took us about 20 minutes to make it to the top, but it was totally worth it. The view from the top of one of the mountains was breath taking. My teammates and I all agreed that is was a life changing experience. Seeing the nature of beauty really puts our life as human beings into prospective. We are so insignificant compared to the vase size of the mountains. This experience really showed how great and beautiful God's work is.
Hiking in the Appalachian mountains relates to Environmental Science because during the time I spent hiking, I was observing nature. For example, I noticed that as we got higher up the mountain side, the temperature dropped and the landscape slightly changed. Towards the bottom of the mountain, there was an abundance of flowers, grass, and animals. As we moved up, the grass thinned into dirt and flowers were scarce. Rocks outnumbered the flowers and animals we saw down below. These types of observations are the kind that environmental scientists conduct to gain more knowledge of the world that surronds us.
Our destination for the weekend
Code Blue- Saving Our Oceans
Time Magazine (http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2020806_2020805,00.html)
"Code Blue” by Bryan Walsh was a story about a woman named Sylvia Earle featured in Times Magazine. Earle is an oceanographer with a desire to save the oceans from deteriorating. This article outlines the immense negative effects humans are having on the oceans. For example, factories are overfishing and this causes some species to become extinct. Walsh states, "...many scientists estimate that we've lost at least 90% of large predatory fish like sharks and swordfish..." We cannot continue on this path unless we want to wipe out all of the oceans. Earle's goal is to help halt this current path to destruction. In order to do this, she needs to spread the word about what it currently taking place, and she is doing just that. Earle is outspoken, persistent and forward thinking; all the things you need in a leader. She is talking to political figures and the general public on how we can work together to stop this destruction.
While some may say that our economy depends on fishing, I agree with Sylvia Earle that there are better ways of going about it. Some close-minded people are blind to the truth; we are destroying our oceans. People today are unaware of the horrendous activities that the government allows to occur. For example, states are allowed to dump garbage into the lakes and oceans if necessary. Also, fertilizer runs off into oceans causing them to be polluted. To fix this epidemic, we need to educate people. That is exactly why this article is outstanding and should be read by all. Personally, this article showed me things that I didn't know were going on. When I am older, I am going to be a politician. Articles like these enlighten me onto things I wasn't aware of. In turn, I will be able to pass laws and regulations to stop these horrendous things from happening.
"Code Blue" has many advantages but only a few disadvantages. Saving our oceans from overfishing and pollution will improve the lives of the creatures that reside in them. Species will be given a chance to repopulate and escape extinction. If our waters were less polluted, humans would greatly benefit considering the fact that we depend on the water for survival. The one downfall of overfishing regulations would be the damage to our economy. By telling companies that they can no longer trap as many fish would cause their profits to go down. As a result of the financial loss, companies would raise the price of fish to offset the loss. However, this would hurt us (the consumer). In my opinion, I would much rather pay two dollars more for a fish and know that our oceans are being conserved.
In this article, readers learn about the increase of deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest. Deforestation was declining from 2009 until now. From August of 2012 to July of 2013, deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest increased by a whopping 28%. Everyone in Brazil is point fingers at each other and not taking any responsibility for what has happened. Environmentalists are saying that it is the governments fault because the passed a controversial reform of the forest protection law. However, the Brazilian government is denying these allegations and saying they are doing all they can to stop the problem. Thankfully, politicians will be meeting later this year to discuss how they can fix the issue.
In my opinion, the Brazilian government is doing a lot to try and stop this upward trend of deforestation. Although they may have passed some controversial reforms to the forest protection law, they have also been cracking down on deforesters and shutting down their operations. On the contrary, I can understand where the environmentalists are coming from. They feel as if their voices are going unheard. In some ways they are. Deforestation is thought to be a cause of climate change and needs to be held to a minimum. However, it seems as if politicians and the general public have turned a blind eye to the issue. As the Native Americans used to say, "When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money."