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Monday, February 22nd, 2010 | Author:

On Thursday, I went to the showing of whale wars. It was such a crazy show! I have seen it before, but the one that we saw on Thursday was quite an intense episode. Although I was not able to stay for the discussion, I really wanted to give my input on how I felt about the Sea Shepard’s and how they go about saving the whales: I must first commend the people who go out to the arctic and risk their lives to save the whales. They are much braver than I. They use methods that are a bit extreme, but it seems to get the job done, at lest a little bit. The tact of the Sea Shepard’s is to get the medias attention by doing drastic things that may even put themselves in danger. It is actually quite frightening to watch some of the things these people do in almost blatant disregard to their safety. I believe that this is a really good tact, I have to say. Because, the more media attention the whale wars people get, the more attention the whales get, and more people to (hopefully) back their crusade against the killing of these animals. Again, I think these people are really cool and I commend them for going into the icy waters to battle the Japanese whalers, but I have to wonder to myself as I watch all this craziness happen on the screen if there could ever be a diplomatic way to end this civilly. I understand that now, there really is not but perhaps in the future whale lovers will not have to throw stink bombs on whaling ships, because there may not be any.It is unbelievable that the Japanese can justify killing almost 1,000 whales a year for “research.” I think it is sick.

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Thursday, February 18th, 2010 | Author:

On Tuesday, we had an exercise where we were assigned different aspects of the government or people of Haiti in response to the earthquake. I am writing about this now because I found this exercise to be very intriguing. My group was assigned to be “park and natural resource officials.” This was one of the more difficult groups because our main focus was not necessarily on the present, but the future. It is really unfortunate because if there had been more trees to begin with in Haiti, then the earthquake may not have been as horrible… Anyway, our group essentially wants to preserve the natural resources of Haiti. This is a very hard thing to think about at the present time, and something which tends to be put on the backburner, but it is a very important aspect in the long run. Overall, as we all know, Haiti has lost much of its natural resources. With the depletion of trees due to deforestation and the recent earthquake, there is even more of a chance that there could be large landslides in Haiti. For this reason, and many more, the Haitian people need to begin protecting what is left of their trees and natural resources. This will be very difficult because of all the displaced people who are being transported to rural parts of Haiti to live in the aftermath of the earthquake. So many people in the rural areas may be inclined to chop down what is left of the trees in Haiti. To me, the future of Haiti seems pretty grim; unless they start saving their ecosystem and natural resources now; they will have no way to live. There could be possible warfare on neighboring countries such as the Dominican Republic just so they could obtain the resources to survive.

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Friday, February 05th, 2010 | Author:

So, I know we have talked a lot about the Aral sea, but I really wanted to express how utterly horrified I am that people could make a conscious decision to completely change it in a way that would kill thousands of creatures and hurt thousands of people. I cannot get over how people can do that to our world with no real regard. These people are the ones who know what is going on with the world, yet they do nothing to help it, they even hinder it!

And that is what scares me the most; the fact that people know what they are going to do, and what their actions may cause, but they still do it. That is why I question if people want the earth to be saved. I know that many need more education on the subject, but how can educated people, like the politicians who knew what would happen to the Aral Sea, do such a thing when they know the repercussions’?

I also wondered to myself, after we did the exercise in class, whether there really is a solution to this problem? I feel like the only way out of something as bad as this is to completely get rid of all the people living in the area, just completely relocate them. That way, nature would have a chance to possibly recoup. And, after a few decades, the people could return….But I am not foolish enough to believe that something like that would ever happen, at least in this lifetime. So, honestly, how do we solve such a problem? I favor just letting the rivers run their natural course again and let people try and make a living as best they can, but they would definitely be getting the short end of the stick for a long time to come…

There is also a really interesting blog I found on the Aral Sea called Infranet lab

-Kristina

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Wednesday, February 03rd, 2010 | Author:

This week we read about a bunch of past civilizations that ended up not being able to sustain themselves due to environmental and/or social problems. During each of the readings, I became increasingly saddened by the fact that many if not all of the civilizations going through these harsh environmental catastrophes did not try to stop their actions. The Easter Islanders saw that the trees were dwindling and the adverse effects it had on the environment, yet they did nothing to stop it. They probably thought that their gods would not let them suffer, but they were wrong. Due to their thoughtlessness in regard to their ecosystem, many people died needlessly.

That is what worries me about today’s world. In many cases, people know what they are doing to the environment; how the world is slowly going into a downward spiral do to over taxing our resources’ and many people not doing anything to stop it. For example, I happened to stumble upon an on-line comment blog about the show “18 and Counting.” It’s a show about these people who have 18 children (19 now that another has just recently been born), and who are also religious fanatics who teach their children that they should also have as many kids as they can possibly have…Anyway, the point I was getting at is that on this blog, half of the people were praising this couple and were encouraging them to have more children; but the other half were very unhappy with them and the fact that they have a TV show to boot. Many people wrote that they should stop having children, that there are plenty of homeless children that need adopting. But, the biggest argument that I found was people were upset that this couple are mass reproducing when the world is already so overpopulated as it is. They mentioned the dwindling resources and the fact that there is always adoption to consider.  What I am trying to get at here is that people know that the world is in trouble due to many factors including overpopulation and only about half seem to care enough to do or say anything about it. There is always the fact that many of the people may not be educated enough to understand the repercussions of such things, but that is why people need to be educated for the greater good.       

-Kristina

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