ScrapESbook Round 3
I have the pleasure of traveling around the country to play softball with my wonderful teammates. We were lucky enough to escape the cold weather and head down to Arizona for the weekend. In between games, we had a couple hours to relax and prepare for the next game. I convinced a couple of my teammates to come with me to walk around the trails and soak in our surrondings. Luckily, there was a hiking trail only 5 minutes away from our hotel. We walked through some of the trails and ate our lunches in the peaceful desert. As you can probably tell from my previous ScrapESbooks, I like to go hiking. Out of all the places I've gone, Arizona was for sure my favorite. The trails were so much different than the ones I usually go to because of the lack of grass and vegitation. It was really nice to be able to see the different types of plants that live in Phoenix. The cacti were really cool because it takes 35 years for them to even grow flowers and 75 years to grow one arm. However, it's hard to be a tree hugger when all the "trees" are cacti.
While I was in Arizona,I was able to see plants that I don't usually get to see in the Midwest. It was interesting to see plant life that can not only survive but thrive off the very limited water and extreme heat. This expierenced helped me learn that all plants have different needs and ideal climates. For example, the plants we are growing in class need to be waterd quite frequently and need lots of sunlight. However, if the plants that live in Arizona were watered as frequently, they may not do s0 well. I find this so facsinating because it probably explains why the things I try to grow never survive.
In this article from the Huffington Post, economic, political, and environmental experts go head to head arguing their case on whether or not the Keystone Pipeline should to built or not. From the economic stand point, this pipeline would create U.S. jobs and lower gas prices by making us energy independent. From the political stand point, the construction of this pipeline would free us from our dependence on other countries for energy. However, the environmental impact of this pipeline would be detrimental. While some "experts" try to claim it would not speed up climate change, they cannot say for sure.
In my opinion, the Keystone pipeline should not be built because we would be ruining the environment surrounding the pipeline and tapping into our emergency oil. While some people believe that the pipeline would have little effect on the environment, I disagree. While the pipeline itself might not make a significant difference in climate change, most people neglect the fact that after they separate the tar from the sand they are left with "pet coke." This pet coke has to be gathered somewhere in the U.S. because it is not something that can be used. Companies would most likely place this pet coke by product in an area they think is far enough away from people that it does not affect them. However, pet coke particles that travel though the air can be spread miles from the holding site. These particles can upset people like me who suffer from asthma. If the byproduct of this energy source pollutes the air so much that people cannot even breathe it in, it is clearly destroying our air and environment. While I recognize that this pipeline would create jobs and lower gas prices, is it really worth it? I do not believe so.
This article discusses the predictions of many environmental experts that predict 50% of the bird species alive today will become extinct by 2080. While some may argue that the birds can migrate or adapt, they already are and they are being pushed to their limit. Once they reach their maximum, they will start dropping by the thousands. If this were to happen, pests and disease-spreading insects would run ramped.
In my opinion, it is our responsibility to save the birds by reducing carbon emissions and stopping deforestation. We as a whole need the birds to keep our ecosystem intact. Without them, our world could become overrun with spiders and mosquitoes. The birds are a warning sign for us that if we don’t stop destroying the Earth. We will be next to go extinct. As Martin Niemöller once said “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” Likewise, if we do not speak up for our fellow creatures who are being murdered by human selfishness, we will have no one left to help us when we finally push the Earth past her limit.