Scrapesbook 2nd Quarter:
E: Walt Disney's African Safari. October 22nd, 2014. 10:00-11:00 A.M.
This past fall, I was given the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World in Florida, something that seems to be a commonplace for children and adults of all ages when searching for a vacation. It's probably because of the atmosphere, where everything is seemingly so bliss - so happy. When people think of happiness at Disney, I assume they think of the Rockin' Rollercoaster, Soarin', or even the little pin huts that you can spend ridiculous amounts of money in. What is often placed aside for leftovers is the Animal Kingdom.
Walt Disney World has attempted to preserve nature in their Animal Kingdom, specifically the parts of the world most threatened. These include the animals of the Savannah, things that Disney has brought to us here. A wooden embellished truck themed as a safari became my escort for an hour, to guide me through the bumpy backs of the dirt roads, catching a few glimpses of zebras drinking or giraffes grazing. The truck would occasionally feel as if it were collapsing - a truly remarkable touch added to the ride. We crossed a staged bridge that leaned heavily to one side, another probably common sight in the actual wilderness of Africa. I specifically remember crossing an antelope at the beginning of the tour that simply grazed as we toured. It didn't react, it didn't flinch, nothing. It had become accustomed to humans. Unfortunately, I feel that this gives the image of being the African Wildlife, but not the actual thing. Any real African animal would have ran, right?
I like to believe so. Even though my personal beliefs did intervene with the tour a little, I feel that the intentions Disney has are truly amazing. To preserve our natural world in a way that is safe to us. It inspires emotions from beauty in so many people, making people want to preserve such a gift of peaceful unison together: coexistence.
O: Palm Oil Companies Putting Deforestation "On Hold"
Rahmawati, Annisa (2014, September 19) Palm Oil Companies Say They'll Put Forest Destruction On Hold. But What Happens Next? Retrieved September 20, 2014, from greenpeaceblogs.org
Some of our world's biggest palm oil companies have been ravaging through forests to make plantations for crops. There is a light in the world, though, and that is Greenpeace. They've talked to this company, as well as many others, about taking on the "High Carbon Stock Approach", which is considered a standard for companies today in order to prevent deforestation. Many large corporations have already taken up this philosophy, but other companies aren't as content with the idea. "The Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto Group" is an organization of companies that say they are doing research on deforestation, yet refuse to stop their own. After being pressured by many companies in addition to Greenpeace, the group finally ended their destruction.
Or did they? How long will it be before they begin again? What about their suppliers?
Anyway, I think that the determination of Greenpeace and allies is admirable. They failed, yet refused to take no as an answer to such an important issue. They stuck to their will and eventually paused the stubborn companies while they research alternate methods for business.
Because of Greenpeace, many people are trying to run their business in ways less harmful to the environment. Unfortunately, I believe that this truce will be similar to those of siblings - temporary. Nevertheless; the environment has been helped as of now, and any aid is better than none.
U.S Creates Largest Protected Area in the World, 3X Larger Than California*
Howard, Brian Clark. (September 24, 2014). U.S. Creates Largest Protected Area in the World, 3X Larger Than California. Retrieved September 30, 2014, from the National Geographic website:http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/09/140924-pacific-remote-islands-marine-monument-expansion-conservation/
Recently, Barack Obama has decided to establish a protected area known as the Remote Islands Marine National Monument. It is enormous; covering 490,000 square miles. That is 3x the size of California. That's a lot of fish friends!
In the protected area, commercial fishing, dumping, and mining is strictly prohibited. In accord with Obama's other environmental changes, he attempts to provide safety to the natural animals of the habitat,including: manta rays, seabirds, sharks, corals, and sea turtles.
Obama had originally had this 6x as small, however, he decided to vastly increase the area because the ocean's need to be protected just as land does.
Unfortunately, as with all acts, there is a negative side. The fishing companies are very SALTY over his no-fishing policies. Hah. Get it?
I'm proud of Obama to take such a big step towards protecting our environment. People are so focused on the land, because it's arguably what we use the most, but they forget that the oceans cover a majority of our planet. For every depth of the ocean there are thousands upon millions of unique species that seem to be fading further and further away as our technology grows and grows. Obama decided to place his focus into the environment even while America is currently struggling. An interesting choice, but to many, it's the right one.