ScrapesBOOK for 3rd Quarter

          This quarter I decided to experience the Brookfield Zoo! During the Christmas season (December 27th, 2014 to be exact), the Brookfield Zoo is filled with lights to surround all of their animal attractions. When my family and I arrived, we went straight to find the monkeys obviously because that is my favorite animal. When we found them we watched them for about 15 minutes then decided it was time to look at some other animals. The worst part about this experience is actually the weather, it was freezing! Because it was freezing a lot of animals weren't out for people to see. I was very surprised to see a seal out of the water though to be honest because I figured it would freeze! Going to the zoo was a fun and amazing thing to do. I love animals and it was really cool to see all of the different kinds of animals with all of my cousins, especially because I haven't been to the zoo in a while.

        It may not seem that obvious how the zoo relates to environmental science, but it does in many ways. First of all, the zoo is all about educating people about the different types of animals in the world. By educating people about animals the people can find more ways to save them. Education on living things in the world is exactly what environmental science is, so everything I learned was a form of environmental science. Also, we often debate in class about what the right thing to do is as far as supporting the animals, so it really is great to be educated and understand the needs of these animals so we can one day make a difference.  

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In America, we often get so caught up in our lives that we do things without even realizing it, like throwing away perfectly good food. Throwing away food is a very selfish act in many ways, including economically and environmentally. Economically, throwing away food is wasting money because, as the article explains, a third of the food people buy are not eaten. As far as environmentally, food waste contributes to growing environmental problems like climate change, experts say, with the production of food consuming vast quantities of water, fertilizer and land. The fuel that is burned to process, refrigerate and transport it also adds to the environmental cost. Also, the food discarded by retailers and consumers in the most developed countries would be more than enough to feed all of the world’s 870 million hungry people, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. This relates to our class in numerous ways, including the fact that the article compares the effects on developed versus developing countries, which we've spent a lot of time talking about, but also this article explains the negatives of wasted food and the unproductiveness of it, whereas in class we are using the food we do not eat to experiment on decomposition, so our class is making good of the food that would otherwise be wasted!

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The above article is quite and interesting one! It's always intriguing to hear about environmental problems that affect your everyday life, like a plastic bag you buy your groceries in! Jacqueline Conciatore is a science writer for U.S. National Science Foundation that has been researching alternatives for the plastic bags that end up in landfills and/or the open ocean, which is terrible. In this article she introduces the audience to bioplastics, which are made wholly or in part from renewable biomass sources such as sugarcane and corn, or from the digest of microbes such as yeast. Some bioplastics are biodegradable or even compostable, under the right conditions, but through the use of these bioplastics, the world may have a lot less plastic grocery bags in landfills and oceans. The growth of these bags in constantly increasing, especially in Europe. Although we do not directly talk about plastic bags, we talk about all kinds of environmental issues in class and often try and brainstorm way to fix them, so I thought I would share this article that suggests a solution to a very intense problem. Hope you liked both the articles Mrs. Coy!!

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I did! They sounded so interesting. I love the one about the food waste for sure and the plastic bags are something we should talk about in class! Plus the zoo looked really fun too! Great Job Allyssa! 50/50