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By: Allyssa Rizzo

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To begin this school year as an environmental science student I decided that there is no better opportunity to truly understand the subject of which I am currently studying than to observe the beautiful outdoors as my experience for first quarter. Right behind my house there is this little creek, when I was little me and my friends would climb the trees and jump across the water during hide and seek, but it has been a long time since I actually appreciated the creek that has been behind my house since the day we moved in. Because I was curious about the way nature was both during the day and at night I decided to visit the creek at around dusk so that I could almost compare and contrast the events of nature throughout this time period.
I first started at about 5:45pm, which is what time I got home from practice, and then me and my sister brought our backpacks and just sat by the creek and did our homework on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of last week. I brought my sister because I was a little scared to go by myself. Of course you are probably wondering how I observed the creek if I was focused on doing other things, but one thing I noticed is that you don't always have to see something to observe nature, sometimes if you just sit and listen you'll hear the birds chirping and then once the sun sets you'll hear the crickets. It was actually really funny, me and my sister were just sitting there and then all of the sudden she screamed because a frog was sitting right next to her, so as you can see above, I grabbed my phone and took a picture of it! After our third visit I took time to reflect on what I had seen. There are so many beautiful things in nature, and I know everyone says that, but if you just listen to the flow of the water and the leaves of the trees being blown by the wind you just find an inner peace that is like no other. One of the days, as you'll see above, it was raining when it got a little darker, so me and my sister just sat there with our umbrellas (as you can see in the picture) and just calmly sat there as the rain fell, and then when it started to stop all the little bugs came out so we went inside. To be honest, after completing this experience I have come to both appreciate nature and also to appreciate a time in the day to just sit and listen away from all of the craziness of school and society, maybe Henry David Thoreau wasn't that crazy!

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"For Ideas on How to Live Greener, Think Mobile"
By KIT EATON
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/technology/personaltech/for-the-greener-life-think-mobile.html?_r=0

Although people think technology may be killing the environment with all of its plastics, metals, and chemical batteries, Eaton explains the positives of using technology to give us ideas to help save the environment and help us to keep track with the use of clever apps that teach us the values of protecting the environment, and simple ways to help even for everyday people with busy schedules. Her excitement about apps about things like recycling, carbon control, and green tips makes the reader intrigued to find out more ways that they can help the environment with the tap of a finger. Although the idea of technology scares some eco-friendly people, Kit Eaton helps the matter by stating that there's no stopping technology, so we might as well use it to our advantage to make the world an eco-friendly place.
Because Marist has recently turned to Team Ipad, I thought an article on the relationship between technology and the environment would be appropriate. This article specifically relates to our Mod G Environmental Science class because we use technology daily both to watch informational videos, to answer bell ringers, and to look up important facts on Google. Obviously there is no stopping technology, so the fact that we are using it to our academic advantage basically verifies Eaton's point of positives. Although technology COULD be a great thing, it is also a bad thing because it is often not used to look up recycling facts, but rather it keeps people inside their houses playing games instead of being outdoors enjoying nature, which is a problem. The topic of technology vs. basic living is a constant debate that does not have a definite answer, but there are definitely pros and cons for each side of the argument.

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"Deforestation"
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation-overview/

The constant struggle to keep out forest intact grows greater everyday. Environmentalists complain daily that we are destroying a very important part of our world. So why do we do it? Is it intentional? How can we stop this? Truth be told, no one actually WANTS to cut down any trees, it a matter of HAVING to cut down the trees "in order to plant crops" or "in order to build more houses", but those both sound like excuses if you ask me. Deforestation is a major topic because this disaster cause climate changes and takes away valuable oxygen for us to breathe. Although deforestation does occur through many natural causes like wildfires, there are many ways we can prevent these animals habitats from being destroyed so another hotel can be built.
Obviously deforestation relates directly to environmental science because it harms the environment and we study the environment, but this topic also relates directly to our phenology project. It states right in the National Geographic article that "Deforestation also drives climate change. Forest soils are moist, but without protection from sun-blocking tree cover they quickly dry out. Trees also help perpetuate the water cycle by returning water vapor back into the atmosphere. Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts." and these statements explain the importance of trees and we are currently studying the life cycle of trees, which we will one day not be able to do if deforestation continues. Climate change also has a major effect on the life cycle of trees, which we are trying to prove, so it is very interesting to find out that climate is so greatly affected by deforestation. I will definitely take that in to consideration when reviewing the results of my phenology project.

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Great job Allyssa! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your experience! 50/50