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"California Blue Whales Recover From Whaling, Study Finds." Greenpeace Blogs RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.
Recent studies have shown that efforts to protect the Blue Whale population off the coast of California have been successful. The population was at a high risk of extinction about 110 years ago. During this time, whale hunting was legal and extremely popular. However, in 1905, after the threat was brought to the attention of researchers, a law preventing whaling was passed. Researchers then recorded the amount of whales between the years of 1905 - 1971. They found the population of whales had gone up by 97%. This was proof that the species had managed to repopulate and survive on its own without human interaction. It was an example of "a great conservation success story."
Reading this article was inspiring. It was a perfect example of how we truly have an impact on nature - both positively and negatively. The article gives the reader insight into how nature is capable of surviving and thriving without human interaction. That's a bold statement. Not many see nature in this light. The article gives a sufficient amount of evidence to back up claims. I think this was an interesting topic that more people should take time to investigate. It motivates people to want to get involved with other species at a risk of extinction.
However, the article could've given more ways to help with future complications with the blue whales. I would've liked to have been given more links to help. I also would've liked to have learned more about other species that had the same problems as the blue whales. Although the article provided the reader with an abundant amount of statistics, I think it would've been more effective to have given links to websites that gave further information on how to help.
"Which Is Greener, the IPhone 6 or the Amazon Fire?" Greenpeace Blogs RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.
Everyone who keeps up with social media or watches the news knows that the iPhone6 and Amazon Fire were recently released. I'm sure all of you have wondered which one's faster, cheaper, or more accessible - but I doubt any of you have asked yourself which one is better for the environment? Well, a group of researches did ask themselves this question and after their research, the answer was obvious. Apple was greener in every single aspect the researchers investigated. The iPhone6 (along with other Apple products) consumes a lot of electricity, as you might have guessed; however, all of the electricity used to power the phone comes from renewable energy. In addition to this, Apple removed harmful chemicals from the phone itself & its accessories. On the other hand, the Amazon Fire refused to cooperate with the researchers and didn't release hardly any information. From the information the researchers found, the Amazon Fire did not even come close to how green the iPhone6 is.
This article was extremely interesting because it is so relevant to all of us. Technology is a huge part of our world today and this article tied it together with another huge part of our world today: the environment. We are all connected to both technology and the environment in some way. It was really fascinating to see how something in our everyday lives is connected to the environment. I also admired this article because the last sentence told the reader a way to help. It suggested that we contact Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, and tell him about why and how Amazon should go green.
The only thing I didn't like about this article was the fact that it praised Apple for going green only to shut it down by saying that "greenest smartphone is the one you don’t buy." I thought this statement was a bit contradicting to the whole rest of the article. It leaves the reader with a sense of confusion. It's hard to commit to a company that's so green if the end result is still damaging to the environment. Although the statement is true and good to know, I just felt it was kind of contradicting to the overall purpose of the article.
E: Backyard Phenology!
Observing Phenology in my own backyard: 10/1/14 - 10/2/14 4:00PM
If you're like me and are more into "doing" than "reading," I ensure this is the section for you! It's easy and enjoyable. The task is extremely simple: observe. Observing can be expressed in two different ways. The first: watch! Take notice of the little things you normally would just ignore. The second: listen! Close your eyes and listen to the nature around you. I guarantee you'll hear things you've been accustomed to ignoring. Observing nature is one of the easiest -and most relaxing- ways to study phenology. Phenology is the study of how plants, climates, and animals change over time. I encourage all of you to take time out of your day to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature!
This started out as an assignment, but it ended as a new developed interest. I never knew how peaceful it could be just to sit outside in nature and look at the plants around me. I'd been in my backyard over 100 times before, but this time, things were much different. I noticed just how beautiful everything was around me. I also noticed the things around me that I normally would have ignored like the chirping of birds or the whistling of the wind. These were the things I found most relaxing. I also enjoyed looking at the brightly-colored plants. The pink flowers especially caught my eye. I would definitely do this again; in fact, I plan to set aside at least one hour of my week to devote to observing nature.
To be 100% honest, I expected to have complaints about this experience. I was worried about getting bored or feeling as if the time dragged on. However, what happened was just the opposite. I was so interested in the plant-life in my backyard. It was cool to see how different each plant was. I had never noticed just how many different types of plants there were in my very own backyard. I recommend that all of you do this and I hope that you have the same experience that I had!
E: Poverty, Inc. Field Trip!
Field Trip: 11/18/14
For my AP English class, I was given the opportunity to go to see a private showing of a new documentary hosted at the Beverly Arts Center. The documentary was called "Poverty, Inc." My expectations were very low. I expected the movie to be boring and solely informational. However, I was 100% wrong. The documentary was informative, but it was quite moving. I didn't find it hard to stay connected at all. The producers and directors did an amazing job. I was extremely impressed with all of the information gathered about poverty. I very much respected the different view the movie took.
The movie itself's main focus was on (as you can guess from the title) : Poverty. However, this documentary shed a new light upon poverty. It didn't depict the poor of Africa in a negative light; in fact, it did the exact opposite. It showed the poor as strong, capable people who we should treat just like any other first world country. The movie centered around the idea of charitable giving and how it actually is destroying Africa's last chance of evolving. The filmmakers specifically focused on Tom's shoes and how it is taking away people's willingness to work because they can get things such as shoes for free. I had never thought about this before. When I think of charitable giving, I think of love. The film focused on how our charitable giving has good intentions of love, but it is not the answer to solving poverty.
I recommend that you all go and see this eye-opening film! I'm so thankful I was given the opportunity to see it. I hope you all have the same reaction as me!
O: How Greenpeace May Be About to Stop U.S. $150 million Getting into a Dodgy Fishing Company
"How Greenpeace May Be about to Stop US $150 Million Getting into a Dodgy Fishing Company." Greenpeace Blogs RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.
Recently, Greenpeace has brought to the attention of Hong Kong's leading newspaper the issue of overfishing. Greenpeace has enlightened everyone of Hong Kong, and now all of you, how the fish stock is already declared "overfished." Despite this declaration, the China Tuna Industry Group wanted to raise $150 million to expand its fishing fleet. With this major problem in mind, Greenpeace took to action.
First, Greenpeace submitted a complaint letter to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, informing them about the recent issue. Secondly, Greenpeace alerted Chinese authorities of the problem. So, what happened next you may ask? China’s Bureau of Fisheries agreed to conduct a further investigation into CTI. After this agreement, Greenpeace proceeded by contacting Deutsche Bank. Greenpeace asks that all of us alert others of the dangers of overfishing. It's our duty to notify others of these dangers and how it affects the environment around us.
This article was extremely interesting to me. It was inspiring to see how a company like Greenpeace can make such a large impact. Greenpeace was able to land an article in one of Hong Kong's most prestigious newspapers. Millions were notified of the problem because of their hard work and dedication. I do agree that overfishing is a big problem in the environment today and that it needs to be resolved in some way. I want to do all I can to help, and you should too!
O: Best Buy is Wasting Ancient Forests, One Flyer at a Time
"Best Buy Is Wasting Ancient Forests, One Flyer at at Time." Greenpeace Blogs RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.
Greenpeace's latest study is on Best Buy. What could Best Buy have to do with hurting the environment? Greenpeace is looking Best Buy's fueling destruction in Canada’s Boreal Forest. This company has been sourcing 100 million pounds of paper every year from Canada's ancient forest to produce throw-away flyers. Moreover, Best Buy is sourcing paper from the Resolute Forest Products company which also destructs major parts of Canada's Boreal Forest.
The thing that struck me about this article was the fact that such a technologically advanced company like Best Buy was still using old fashioned techniques like flyers to promote its business. Another part of the article that flabbergasted me was that Greenpeace was not upset that Best Buy had been using paper made in the Boreal, but only upset because Best Buy was using such outrageous amounts. I thought Greenpeace handled the situation very well and were accepting and reasonable.
I thought this article was extremely relevant because our last environmental science chapter was all about biomes, and the boreal forest is one of them! It was really interesting to see something we learned about in class connect to outside reading.
O: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Begins Complete Elimination of Bee-Killing Pesticides in Pacific Region
"US Fish & Wildlife Begins Complete Elimination of Bee-killing Pesticides in Pacific Region." Greenpeace Blogs RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service has eliminated the use of harmful and proven bee-killing pesticides in the Pacific National Wildlife Refugee Systems starting in 2016. The USFW explains that the reason for this elimination of pesticides is because of "the potential broad-spectrum adverse effects to non-target species.” It has decided to take any means necessary to protect the bees.
According to USFW, pesticides are not very common on refuge lands, but the chemicals can easily drift once used and are very powerful. In Oregon, approximately 50,000 bumblebees, ladybugs, and honeybees died after landscapers sprayed a powerful pesticide. Oregon responded by banning the pesticide.
The thing I found most interesting about this article was the fact that bees are responsible for pollinating $15 billion worth of just US crops and 200 million pounds of UK crops. That's a lot of work! It's important that we let bees do their job and pollinate; however, that won't be possible if they're being killed off by harmful pesticides. It's our job to keep them safe and allow them to do what they do best: pollinate!
"BREAKING: Obama Vetoes KXL." Greenpeace Blogs RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2015.
Recently, President Barrack Obama issued a presidential veto against Congress' attempt to force construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Construction of the pipeline would've been an environmental crisis, so environmentalists are extremely pleased with the President's verdict. Obama has proven that he is listening to the ecopocentrinsts over the anthropocentrists. Many ecopocentrinsts have voiced their appreciation in a Unity Letter.
This veto is a major leap forward for environmentalists. In a society where we usually place ourselves and our needs above the environment's, environmentalists are enthusiastic to see that this is not the case here. Environmentalists are proud to say that their persistent letters, emails, and phone calls have now paid off. It's inspiring to others who can now see that voicing your opinion truly can make a difference. The Keystone XL Pipeline story is a story that will be told over and over again to inspire environmentalists all around the world.
Had President Obama accepted the bill to enforce construction upon the pipeline, major environmental hazards would be at stake. It would've had a devastating effect on our climate and set the stage for increased fossil fuel dependence for years to come. In addition, it would've increased the likeliness for another oil spill.
O: We're in a Hole - Let's Stop Digging: Prevent Fracked Gas Exports in Oregon
"We’re In A Hole. Let’s Stop Digging: Prevent Fracked Gas Exports in Oregon." Greenpeace Blogs RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2015.
It is very well known that we have already take up a huge amount of our global budget for greenhouse gas emissions and we have little room left if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change. This is why environmentalists take greenhouse gases and their traumatizing effects extremely seriously. However, anthropocentrists take their work very seriously as well because they believe that the resources that cause greenhouse gases are most important than the greenhouse gases themselves.
For example, the Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) proposal that would construct a 230 mile pipeline to transport fracked gas from the Rocky Mountains states to export from the Oregon coast at Coos Bay. Environmentalists are worried about the possible negative outcomes of the project. They understand the risks and are not willing to risk anymore than we already have. However. anthropcentists are willing to take the risk because they believe the risk is worth the amount of resources available from the pipeline.
The Jordan Cove gas export project would make a Canadian gas company filthy rich by bloating the dangerous fracking frenzy at the expense of average Americans. Even though science backs up how incredibly hazardous the greenhouse gases released are, anthropocentrists push for the pipeline to be built. One million dollars of investment in oil and gas development creates 5 jobs whereas the same amount of investment in solar creates more than 14 jobs. It's clear which is the correct choice, but environmentalists are worried society and government will once again think short term rather that looking towards the future.
O: The Risk One in Three Schoolchildren Shouldn't Have to Face
"The Risk One in Three Schoolchildren Shouldn’t Have to Face." Greenpeace Blogs RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2015.
In shocking new data the Center for Effective Government released, we learn about the vulnerability schoolchildren face from a major chemical release or explosion. One in every three children in the United States are at risk of being exposed to a catastrophic release based on the location of their school. The Center for Effective Government report found that 19.6 million children fall within a vulnerability zone that contains at least one chemical facility. A vulnerability zone is determined based on the chemicals used or stored and the quantity of chemicals on site that pose a significant hazard to public health if an explosion or chemical release were to occur. These types of facilities vary and include refineries, chemical manufacturing plants, water treatment facilities, pulp and paper mills, and facilities that store large amounts of hazardous chemicals.
It is our job to get the government involved in this issue. We need to speak up and demand to be heard. A school is supposed to be a safe environment for students and the data clearly shows that in most cases, it's not. The recent discovery is both shocking and fearing. It makes us ask ourselves if we our school is in a vulnerability zone or not. Have can we be sure? If you are unsure and curious, visit www.ForEffectiveGov.org/kids-in-danger-zones.
The risks of being in the vulnerability zones is quite clear, but we must know that these hazardous risks can be sparked quite easily. It doesn't take much to endanger an entire area. Just one mistake in a chemical release or explosion could be fatal and that is why the issue must be addressed. With hard work and persistence, we could prevent these possible chemical disasters.
O: Latest on the Arctic: Good News and Bad News from the Obama Administration
"Latest on the Arctic: Good News and Bad News from the Obama Administration." Greenpeace Blogs RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2015.
Recently, President Obama has announced proposals for an expanded protections for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the northern part of Alaska. Environmentalists are thrilled to hear such an incredible step forward - no oil drilling across more than 12 million acres of land. However, this "environmental high" was soon brought down by other news that the Department of Interior (DOI) announced its offshore drilling plan for 2017-2022, leasing areas throughout the U.S. oceans, including Alaska's Arctic seas. The good news and bad news are sending mixed messages to environmentalists across the country: how "on board" is the government with trying to save wildlife
This question has always bewildered environmentalists. The government has never fully displayed itself in a ecocentric light or a anthropocentric light. It has remained sort of neutral, but both ecopocentrists and athropocentrists are looking for answers. The conflicting actions of the Obama administration is sending mixed signals to both groups of people. Many are criticizing the Obama administration for its conflicting messages. One critic says, "President Obama can't save the Arctic on Sunday just to sell it to the highest bidder on Tuesday."
Environmentalists have not given up on fighting for Alaska's rights. They have continued to send letters, emails, and phone calls towards the Obama administration petitioning for the removal of the Department of Interior's most recent plan. Environmentalists must not lose hope because it is possible to change the administration's mind. President Obama must stop offshore Arctic drilling–starting with canceling Shell’s drilling plans this spring, and any new leases from DOI.
N: Wind Power is Intermittent, But Subsidies Are Eternal
Phillips, Tim. "Wind Power Is Intermittent, But Subsidies Are Eternal." Wall Street Journal 30 Nov. 2014: n. pag. Print.
I found this newspaper in my office under a huge stack of unorganized papers, and the title caught my attention. As a member of an Environmental Science class, you'd expect that I be incredibly mad at the fact that Congress made such a big deal out of renewing a tax that went towards wind power; however, after reading the article, I understand the upset. Taxpayers have already spent over $7.3 billion dollars on wind power in the past 7 years, but companies demand more money. It leads me to ask myself: how much more will these companies need? I also question when it will be enough money.
Taxpayers have been supporting wind power companies since 1984, yet these same companies still demand money thirty years later. Billions of dollars have already been spent on funding wind power, and another $2.4 billion dollars is expected to be spent this year alone. Even worse, some states are forced to pay taxes for wind power even though they have no qualifying wind production. These unlucky states include Florida, Virginia and North Carolina. The worst part is that instead of paying wind producers based on how much of their electricity is used, the PTC pays them based on how much electricity they generate. These wind power companies control the amount that they can make.
I understand that wind power can change the Earth for the better, but it is worsening the people living on the Earth. I know that there is a better, logical, more ethical way to go about funding for the wind power. I am hopeful that we find it soon so that more taxpayer money isn't schemed. I am confident that environmentalists and non-environmentalists will find a solution.
O: Bringing Balance to Our Oceans
Hocevar, John. "Bringing Balance to Our Oceans." Greenpeace Blogs RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2015.
As many people are aware, oceans are an extremely vital aspect of our lives. They provide for 97% of the Earth's liveable habitats and are a home to more than 700,000 species. Oceans also bestow upon us important things like oxygen, food, jobs, and enjoyment. Unfortunately, most oceans are in need of our help. Human interaction such as industrialization, construction, etc. are the reasons that so much of our world's oceans are in danger. It is our fault that they are in trouble, and it is our job to get them out of this trouble.
Helping reduce our negative effects on the ocean will in return help us. There will be less drastic climate changes and ocean acidity. These can both advocate a safer environment for us all to live around. It is very well known that we cannot afford to continue our careless behavior. Scientists tell us we are on a trajectory toward ecological disaster in many ocean areas and the collapse of major fisheries across the globe. Since we got ourselves into this mess, we have to get ourselves out of it.
It is our job to stop overfishing, polluting, and other hazardous actions that could put oceans and their inhabitants at risk. We must make the government and others aware of this in order to prevent further overfishing and polluting. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is responsible for making decisions on how we manage the ocean and its resources. It is our job to instill as much knowledge about the dangers of overfishing and polluting to this council. With our hard work, we can make a difference and save the oceans and their inhabitants.
E: Environmental Science Tree Planting
In my environmental science class, we were fortunate enough to have expert tree planters come visit our class and teach us proper tree planting techniques. Daniella and her friend taught my class the significance of trees in our environment and how much they effect our everyday life. It was interesting to learn about how important trees are in relation to our everyday lifestyle. Daniella and her friend also helped my class plant a tree using the proper technique. I never knew that there was so much planning into planting a tree. Daniella emphasized on the fact that we should never "volcano" our tree with mulch. I was thankful for this tip because it was something unique I had never heard before and I was able to take this into action at home by removing the volcano effect on the trees in my backyard.
I found this entire experience to be inspiring. I have a newfound respect for trees and the process of planting trees. I am proud that I was a part of the group responsible for planting a new tree at Marist. I hope I can come back in a few years and see the progress my tree has made. I am thankful for the experience I had planting this tree and I hope it flourishes!
E: Animal Kingdom: Kilimanjaro Safari Ride!
Over spring break, my family and I visited Orlando, Florida. While we were there, we went to Disney World. We went to all of the different Disney parks, but I found Animal Kingdom to be the most interesting. The coolest part of the park was the Safari ride. In this ride, you sit in a safari bus and drive all around a mimicked African lands filled with real life animals you would find in Africa! You are feet away from lions, elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, and hundreds of other animals. As you ride through the vast lands of "Africa," the tour guide driving the safari bus explains what each animal is and what humans are doing to put the animal(s) at risk. I never realized how much we take advantage of certain animals and how much we could do to protect certain animals.
As the ride progressed, I learned more and more and saw more and more. I had never been so close to such beautiful creatures. You don't get this sort of feeling walking through a zoo. Seeing the animals in their natural environment was jaw dropping. I was speechless at the sight of how beautiful and majestic giraffes and zebras are up close. I even chuckled at how playful elephants really are. It was an eye opening experience that I hope I am fortunate enough to go on again. I truly hope that everyone reading this has the opportunity to go on this ride and see and hear the things I did!