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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Andrea C-US, Feb. 28, 2014

I am not an expert in deforestation and from my small town we have plenty of trees, but I have noticed that to expand our town we are having to destroy forests to get soccer fields or anything else we need. When I think of deforestation I think of a funny cartoon that has a bulldozer ripping through a forest. I know there is a need for change in my hometown. In my school alone we have an award for most printer paper used. There should be no award, but the person who does use the most paper does get a tree that they can plant. While this is a comical idea of a tree for paper it is not enough; trees take many years to become actual trees. This is where we go wrong we think okay we can just plant a tree, but that will not change the fact that we just destroyed more than we planted.

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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Jesse Bowers, Feb. 28, 2014

Deforestation is good and bad at the same time but i am going to discuss why I think it is bad. Deforestation destroys habitats for different wildlife in our environments. Therefore, the wildlife in our environments are lacking a safe home and eventually dying out.

Jesse Bowers
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  • Leonardo Ferrari Feb. 28, 2014
    I think deforestation can be only bad because we over use it, as we do with all the sources we have. Trees are the main sources of life we should cut them off for personal and stupid purposes.

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Discussions Discussion Earth Easy - Solutions for Sustainable Living
Rachel P-US, Feb. 25, 2014

Where we get our oil is a hot debate right now. While many people believe that offshore drilling is an easy solution, offshore drilling wouldn’t lower gas prices until 2030, and then, by only a few cents per gallon. With only two percent of the world’s reserves, the U.S. contribution to the global market could never be high enough alter oil prices. Despite this, our government is voting to increase offshore oil drilling. These votes are happening, even though Congress has done literally nothing to strengthen the laws governing offshore drilling since last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

The most effective way to reduce costs for gas and to stop sending oil dollars overseas is to improve energy efficiency. We can invest in more efficient cars, cleaner fuels, and transportation choices. By 2030, efficiency and other oil savings measures can save a total of eight times more oil than opening new areas to drilling off America’s shores or in sensitive protected areas. In 2007, Congress voted to improve fuel economy, and President Obama has started moving America down this road: he established standards requiring vehicles to reach an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

It’s time to move beyond our dependence on oil and seek alternatives such as clean energy and fuel efficiency.

http://www.nrdc.org/energy/oildrilling/
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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Ana Sofía AW, Feb. 10, 2014

Because I am so fortunate to have grown up in a place that values environmental education I often forget that this opportunity is relatively rare. My name is Ana Sofia and for the past four years I have been part of a small organization dedicated to teaching kids in Borneo, Indonesia about the devastating effects of deforestation on the world’s green house gas emissions and global ecosystems. Borneo is home to an incredibly large rainforest which is home to thousands of species some of which are only found in Indonesia. Increased logging both legal and illegal as well as the rise of palm oil plantations has greatly affected the habitats of Bornean animals as well as the lives of people. The programs goal is to bring pride to Indonesian students on an elementary to high school level and encourage them to make a difference in the future of their own rainforest.

http://www.ASRIKids.tumblr.com
Ana Sofía AW
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  • Wiebke Rahlf Wiebke Rahlf Feb. 22, 2014
    What can the people in Borneo actually do to prevent deforestation? Apart from teaching the kids about the effects etc., what does the organization do? I didn't get that from the link. And what could I do myself?

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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Dakota Donahue, Oct. 25, 2013

Despite attempts to recuperate the forested land of earth, deforestation has taken it’s toll on both local ecosystems, and on a global scale. It is estimated that 15% of the worlds greenhouse gas emission are derived from mass deforestation. Areas which are being deforested are primarily tropical, and therefore essential on a global and local scale.
Tropical rain forests are among the environments with the largest biodiversity in the world. They are being cleared for industries which rely on conditions found in these areas (i.e. humidity, and heavy rainfall). These industries would include beef, palm oil, soy and wood, varying by region. It is integral that efforts are made to replant Earth’s forests and retain only manageable deforestation, so that these environments can return to their natural state over the course of the following thousands of years.

http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/solutions/stop-deforestation/
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Discussions Discussion Climate Progress
Caroline P. (USA), Oct. 20, 2013

Before I started with this project,was very blindsided to the problems of climate change. I thought things that many Americans thought like, “This temperature change has happened before” or “If it’s really that bad, people would do something about it”. But after reading all of the statistics and learning about how all of this excess CO2 is affecting the world, I realized that people are willing to turn the other cheek because they really just don’t want to give up the luxury they have. They choose to be ignorant. This is why I really love this video, because it debunks all of the typical excuses you hear from people who don’t ‘believe’ in global warming and I think that it is worth watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF9LNuH3IpU
Caroline P. (USA)
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  • Jessica Wendt Jessica Wendt Oct. 22, 2013
    I completely agree with you, I was also completely blindsided by the problems of global warming. I knew what global warming was and I had heard briefly on the news sometimes of how global warming is increasing, but it really never hit me, on how bad it was actually affecting life, until I started the carbon footprint challenge. After doing some research and seeing the things people should give up to decrease global warming, I understand why some people might not want to do it, but I think it's really important that we give up somethings because, it's better to give up things we don't really need and decrease the carbon dioxide emissions, rather then helping it. I also really like this video because it really shows how blindsided people really are and how people don't want to emit that global warming is a real thing, that is affecting us, and also the excuses people make to discard the fact global warming is real.
  • angelo westmacott angelo westmacott Oct. 24, 2013
    This is true people do take advantage of all of the things that we have and over use them way to much.by limiting this we can help the world a lot and leave it better then we found it. By limiting how much co2 we put out we could really help out the world and make it better for everyone to live in. one this that we over use to much is cars and burning the gas which is horrible for the environment and by limiting that it would really help out the world. there are many small changes that we can do to the world and this is a good way to start.
  • Bianca Allen Bianca Allen Oct. 24, 2013
    Hello, I'm Bianca and I'm from California.

    That video made me laugh very much, it was a joy to watch especially for me whose a fan of Hank Green.

    Anyway, moving back to the subject. Global warming is alive and real and frightening. I understand where that blindsided feeling came from because I experienced it when I realised that we could be under water in the next few decades if we don't make a change.

    The climate changes happening are so drastic at times I honestly don't know where to look to see what's going to happen next.

    The amount of carbon humans produce saddens me because we produce it just by breathing. But what saddens me even more is the unwillingness of human to actually accept that this problem isn't a tiny one that people are making up. It's big and real and increasing as the days go by, That's why when I see campaigns for cleaning up beaches and things along that line, my heart soars and I feel there is slight hope.

    So I agree with Hank. Let's all accept that there's a problem on our hands and do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint and make this world a little healthier.

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Discussions Discussion Climate Progress
Caroline P. (USA), Oct. 20, 2013

Hi everyone my name is Caroline and I’m from Texas. I recently found out that my carbon footprint is well below the average of Texas, but incredibly high compared to the world. My home carbon footprint was the highest, which i think is due to the fact that lights are constantly on in my home, and my family likes to take long showers. It’s also very hot in Texas, especially in the summer, which means we have to use the air conditioner a lot in my house. I think that my family can reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the length of our showers, turning off the lights more often, or getting more energy efficient bulbs. I also think that by turning down the air conditioning in the summer and winter by a couple degrees can reduce my footprint.

Caroline P. (USA)
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Discussions Discussion My Plastic Free Life
Maggie OUSA, Oct. 19, 2013

Hi everyone I found this article with tips to use less plastic. It is full of many simple things you can do which can really lower your overall use of plastic. Here are some examples: Don’t use plastic straws even at restaurants. You can purchase a stainless steel or glass one! Another one is, make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner. And finally give up gum! It’s made of synthetic rubber which is plastic.

http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/nationalgreenweeksub/waste-reduction-tips/tips-to-use-less-plastic.html
Maggie OUSA
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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Jarod Markus-Brooks, Oct. 18, 2013

Deforestation is the silent enemy of the environment. When people think about the ecosystem, deforestation will often cross their mind. They think about how trees are being killed and how habitats are lost and that’s really sad. But then it’s on to global warming and it’s like they had never heard the word.

Forests cover over 30% of the earth’s landmass (that’s around 44 1/2 million KM^2), but are being cut down by the thousands of acres per day. While new plantations are being created, trees are dying faster than they’re growing. Rain forests will be gone within 100 years at this rate. Trees are a huge part of our carbon cycle. If this continues, we may just asphyxiate as a species

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation-overview/
Jarod Markus-Brooks
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  • chase junnila chase junnila Oct. 28, 2013
    Deforestation is definitely something that people should pay attention to. Trees emit oxygen, helping us, humans, breathe! If we cut down all the trees we can't live!

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Discussions Discussion Earth Easy - Solutions for Sustainable Living
Isabella J-USA, Oct. 18, 2013

Tonight, I took part in a fundraiser, where I was asked to represent my school and the Yellowstone trip, for a group called Ecology Project International (EPI). I have had the privilege of attending two of their trips, to Costa Rica and Yellowstone. While I was at the event I was reminded of the great things that EPI does for students and also for the environment. By taking students form around the world and educating them about different environments, they are trying to impact how we think about and carryout our daily activities, and their impacts on the environment. I was particularly struck by one of their programs, which incorporated local students in their different programs. These local people had the chance to experience their neighborhoods in an entirely new way. To me one of the best examples of this, was a boy who lived on the Sea of Cortez, but had never been on a boat. While this amazing marine ecosystem was practically his backyard, he only realized the amazing creature, such as whales, that lives there during the EPI trip. This story made me realize what an amazing program EPI has. But almost more importantly, this organization helps people conserver environments and life, not only during its courses but also by teaching its students how to live sustainably. One example of this, was when I was on the Costa Rica trip, I had the opportunity to help save Leatherback Sea Turtles, but I also learned more about suitability and what it means to help our planet though the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) and what sibyl picking up a piece of trash can accomplish.

Isabella J-USA
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