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What I am most interested in discussing is how big of a role politicians, journalists and the media have in swaying the public's opinion and their knowledge of climate change. This is truly a deadly combo of forces because of how big of a role politicians and the media have on their audiences' perspectives about anything having to do with global climate change. With a few simple words and some data to back it up, audiences can easily be convinced that climate change does not exist and that there is nothing to worry about. It's also astonishing how the mass public believes that there is dissensus amongst scientists about whether or not climate change exists. Professor Greer touches upon this point in her presentation and explains how the majority of scientists know that global climate change exists and is currently taking place. I feel like this is a topic that is worth discussing and educating the public about. People in our society cannot have an informed opinion or make informed decisions if they are being told lies about what is happening to our climate and the adverse effects that it is having elsewhere.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2015 on Climate Talk at Jolly Green General
I would love to discuss how the Everglades has faced drastic changes and extreme deterioration in the past few centuries. Sugar production has played a significant role in the degradation of the Everglades after these wetlands were transformed into an agricultural region. This is an issue that I care a lot about, especially as a Floridian. Kahn touches upon this issue in Chapter 17, pointing out how the excess nutrients from sugar plantations and cattle ranching led to a degradation in water quality in the Everglades. In addition, many projects were initiated in the early and mid-twentieth century with the purpose of constructing an elaborate system of canals, road, levees and water control structures. One of these projects that drained a large portion of the Everglades includes the Central & South Florida Project (C & SF Project) which was initiated in the 1950s. This project was modified under the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Although it may sound like it will be beneficial to the Everglades, it advocates pumping 1.7 billion gallons per day into the Everglades, which will more than likely cause damage to the native life there. There is also research that shows that CERP is an attempt to increase urban development and economic growth, rather than to enhance the wellbeing of the Everglades. There are a whole lot of factors that are at play in regards to the degradation of the Everglades that needs to be discussed.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2015 on For Thursday at Jolly Green General
One of the most fascinating and thought-provoking points that the paper made was how the economic value of some environments haven’t been determined yet in various areas around the world. This, in turn, has formed an inherent knowledge gap for the native people, tourists, managers and, most importantly, policy makers. I feel like some assume that people in other countries—and even the United States—don’t care about the environment that surrounds them. However, this disregard for the environment can be attributed to the fact that many do not know the true value of these areas or the vast amount of support that the environment provides to other ecosystems and organisms. The paper states that this lack of knowledge stems from the fact that there has been no attempt to determine the economic value of these environments through non-market techniques. One of the examples that is provided is about the reefs in Barbados. Although some people realize the importance of these reefs to both the environment and tourism, coastal managers and policy makers are not completely aware of the reef’s economic value. These points and examples make me think that there needs to be a stronger emphasis on the determination of the economic value of environments. Subsequently, this value needs to be stressed to people—especially, those in power—to better educate them so that people can begin to fully realize how the environment is key to humans’ well being and the health of the organisms that rely on these environments.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2015 on Reading for Thursday at Jolly Green General
I completely agree with what Caroline Hutchinson said in her post. I found Garrett Hardin’s The Tragedy of the Commons to be extremely profound and intriguing. After reading the entire piece, I feel like I have a broader understanding of the message that Hardin is trying to portray to readers. Overpopulation is increasingly becoming a problem for societies all over the world. Many economists, scientists and scholars have argued back-and-forth about the ways that we can combat this ever-growing issue. Hardin provides readers with another degree of understanding about the issue while providing solutions to the problem that society is currently facing. One solution he posed was how we should—and need to—eliminate the freedom to procreate with one another. Even though this solution would have the desired results, I do not feel like it is the best way to go about solving the problem of overpopulation. For one thing, I feel like it would be extremely difficult to force people not to breed with one another and it would take time for this policy to be fully implemented. Since humans respond best to offerings or some form of encouragements, I feel like it would be best to provide people with incentives. This would serve the purpose of convincing them to slow down the high amounts of procreations that are taking place in society. If people were told that they would be rewarded a certain amount of money if they agree not to propagate, I feel like there would be a relatively large amount of individuals who would agree not to do so. In addition to providing people with incentives, we should also make sure that they are well educated on the subject of procreation and its effect on the ever-growing populations. This would hopefully get them to see the bigger picture as to why it is vital for reproduction amongst societies to slow down because overpopulation is becoming more and more of a problem. The more people that are educated about the dire effects overpopulations have on society, the more people would be willing to compromise for the well-being of others, our society and the planet we call home.
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2015 on Readings for Thursday at Jolly Green General
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