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Environmentalism for the 21st Century

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Environmentalism for the 21st Century

Curated by Samantha Rowling
Environmentalism is a broad philosophy, ideology and social movement regarding concerns for environmental conservation and improvement of the health of the environment. Environmentalism advocates the preservation, restoration and/or improvement of the natural environment, and may be referred to as a movement to control pollution. Already at this early stage in the 21st century, unique challenges and issues are associated to protecting the natural environment. This learning group is dedicated these issues and the impact of human made pollution on planet Earth.
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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Davide A, May 24, 2013

Deforestation is a real problem, lots of trees fall down because of human actions we do. In 1990 the deforestation was big, Nowadays is decreasing but some countries keep on destroying the environment. The most deforestation is in Southern America, Eastern and Southern Africa; on the contrary in Europe and north America the problem of deforestation is less incisive . In my country (in the north of Italy) a lot of trees fall down because there are lots of ski resorts and most of people use wood for heating.

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  • Alex M-USA Alex M-USA Oct. 2, 2013
    I agree that forestation is a massive problem that today's world must face. In my country, which is the United States, we were ranked by Food and Agriculture in 2005 as the one of the nations with the highest losing rate of primary forests. The main cause of this loss of old-growth forests is the logging industry and the fact that the US is a top consumer of forest production in the world market.
  • Sam T-USA Sam T-USA Oct. 7, 2013
    I think this is a major problem, especially in the Amazon rain forests in Brazil. I think it's truly tragic that people have no idea and no care that the largest rain forest in the world is being destroyed without regard for its importance. The Amazon rain forest provides about 20% of the oxygen that exists in the atmosphere. One of the most saddening aspects of this loss of habitat and resources is the uses of the land. Instead of creating sustainable industries in place of the natural forests, the land is often used for grazing or plantations. This destroys the soil, stripping it of nutrients and leaving it unusable after a short time. This then necessitates that more land be cleared - a cyclical pattern is formed. I think if people were better informed about the importance of maintaining such an important piece of the natural world then they would act to save it.
  • Kestra R Kestra R Oct. 19, 2013
    I live in California, and often travel to the Redwood forests along the Northern border. Although the effect is not as large as it used to be, there are still major logging camps in some areas. In the 1940's, huge sections of trees were cut down and still have not grown back. I agree that deforestation prevention should be centralized around areas such as South America and Africa that have huge forests that are rapidly being shut down, but people need to also realize that they may have a larger impact on the protection of forests in their own area if they truly want to make a change.

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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Zoran M, May 22, 2013

I’m Zoran, I live in a small village in the north of Italy, the deforestation in the world is a big problem, i think to solve this problem we must follow the example of Ingvar Kamprad, founder of Ikea that for every tree cut he makes plant two

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  • Sidonie O - USA Sidonie O - USA Sept. 30, 2013
    I think that is a fantastic idea! Planting tress is definitely a good way to combat deforestation, but one problem with simply planting trees are that they take a long time to grow (if they are large trees, as many of the ones what corporations cut down are!) I think that it is a good idea though because by planting twice the amount of trees that we cut down, we will always have trees. We should try to reduce the amount of trees that we cut down though.

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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Elisa T, May 16, 2013

Deforestation is a big problem that concerns the whole world. It causes:
- Landslides and floods
- Changes in the climate of the region
- Extinction of plant and animal species
- Greenhouse
I think that for every tree that you cut you have to plant more trees to avoid the total deforestation and that the most developed States should govern more the cut of trees.

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Discussions Discussion Nukes post-Fukushima
Caleb C-USA, May 2, 2013

Nuclear power is good if you can control it. Scientist are tying to find a way to dispose of radioactive waste. When a meltdown occurs, it becomes very hot and the fuel rods start to melt. This may lead for countries to not use nuclear energy. However, there are some reasons that are good. For example, nuclear power plants don’t release any pollutants in the atmosphere. It’s just steam. Nuclear power plants also don’t cause global warming.

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  • Brian S-USA Brian S-USA May 2, 2013
    I agree. Have you ever heard about Chernobyl? The nuclear meltdown was so bad a nearby city, Pripyat had to be evacuated. It was never inhabited again.
  • Anthony Cortes Anthony Cortes May 15, 2013
    The only problem with the nuclear power plants is that, while they give off a fantastic amount of great and clean energy, in the event of a meltdown it can easily take hundreds of thousands of lives and also make huge cities uninhabitable.
  • Chase N-America Chase N-America Oct. 14, 2013
    We should not be using Nuclear energy because of several reasons. One is the fact that it costs up to 9 Billion dollars to build one. Then the amount of energy that it would produce would take years before it actually would even be close to breaking even. It always is a source of a potential terrorist attack as well. If the Nuclear power plant down near Oceanside CA were hit, it would affect up to 20 million people and kill thousands if not more. People would not be able to live in that area of southern California for years after.

    The waste that they produce has to be stored in a salt cave in New Mexico and deep caverns in Nevada. The potential threat is great and the more of them that they close the happier i will be, and safer. The chances of an accident happening are to great to ignore, and if one goes off, any other ones nearby will have to be abandoned and if something isnt turned off when the workers are all leaving then that will just result in more chaos and more destruction.

    I think that even though Nuclear energy is much more powerful than any other source of energy, it is also that much more dangerous
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Discussions Discussion Nukes post-Fukushima
Jason Hodin, April 30, 2013

if you thought the Fukushima crisis was over…

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/30/world/asia/radioactive-water-imperils-fukushima-plant.html?hp&gwh=96592FCD9385F51FE5390A0D12C89FFB
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Discussions Discussion Life on the Reef: Amazing World of Coral Fish…
Christina Craner, March 5, 2013

Hello, My name is Christina Craner and I am a senior at Oakland High School. I live in Oakland California, and am apart of the Environmental Science Academy at Oakland High. This Academy focuses on the environment and the affects we have on our world. Being apart of ESA has motivated me more to become a Marine Biologist. I want to help save coral reefs from pollution. This is my dream career and goal. I plan to attend Hawaii Pacific University and peruse a degree in Marine Biology so I can help save these beautiful marine ecosystems. I want to help make a change in our world.

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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Dylan McDonald, Feb. 12, 2013

Trees in jungles are being cut down in order to maintain the worlds population. We use too much wood for many thing such as houses, benches, warmth, etc. It’s amazing how much wood we use in our day to day lives in america. Also deforestation is destroying animals homes and driving them out of their homes and even to extinction.

http://rainforests.mongabay.com/0908.htm
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  • Desiree Price Desiree Price Feb. 12, 2013
    Lol. Coming to a store near you: rainforest relaxation CDs. Now with saws and jackhammers added in the background!
    Maybe promote the usage of recycled paper? Like for notebooks, etc.?
  • Mai VB Mai VB May 13, 2013
    Definitely wood is a big part of our lives, however animals are too. In my opinion animals are more important than our necessities with wood. Therefore we should find an alternative to the wood so that we can reduce the amount of wood consumption and provide animals a home.
  • Anashe B-USA Anashe B-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    I really enjoyed this article! I find it very unnerving that our trees are being cut down in order to make way for new housing developments and the “improvement” of society. It is ironic at how humans believe they are doing what is best for their kind by creating more apartment complexes and hoping that the world population will be sufficed. The irony expounds because the earth is what sustains us. Without our natural resources, fresh water, and oxygen-producing trees, we would be in a much worse state than where we are now. I think that humans should take a step to stop deforestation, to protect the creatures that we share this planet with, to protect our environment, and to protect our lives! Let's start cutting down on wood products as much as possible! Instead, walk an extra foot to the recycling bin to recycle your papers, double side your papers, and try to unsubscribe from any extra mail that you have been receiving! These simple steps can have tremendous impacts for the welfare of our world!

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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Christopher Chan, Dec. 13, 2012

This might be undermining the cause, but it’s a question worth asking.

I happened upon this blog post which [probably] settled my long-standing animosity towards the issue. Now, in the world of science there’s always room for clarification, but it does conclude that paper towels, relative to air dryers, are the more hygienic, reliable, but [financially] costlier and slightly more [carbon footprint]-significant way to go.

On an unrelated note, this still doesn’t help the cause for the low ceiling air dryers some of these newer Taipei apartment bathrooms have; I’d rather a [*coughnotpapercough*] towel (if they ever get dry enough).

As to what extent daily buckets of used paper towels in school (including weekly “accidental” toilet clogging) contribute to deforestation, I’m not yet equipped to say. / Have a read.

http://conversableeconomist.blogspot.co.il/2012/12/paper-towels-v-air-dryers.html
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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Cole D-USA, Nov. 26, 2012

Hi im cole and I live in the US. I agree with Evan that the US does pollute and destroy the earth a lot(even though they have acts and laws that they have been put in place to protect and save our earth) and that each person can use less harmful materials. I believe that each and every person should do something or change something in their life so that the Earth benefits from it. the only thing is that we humans are always looking for a better quality life, and in that search we tend to overuse and abuse our finite environment. So its up to us to figure out the balance between human health(quality of life) and the environment.

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Evan V, Nov. 15, 2012

Hello everyone! I am Evan and I am from the United States. I feel like out of all the nations, America produces the most pollution and destroys the environment the most. I think we all can produce less pollution by using less energy consuming products and switch to more energy efficient resources. If we do this we can greatly affect the environment we live in and make a greener planet.

Evan V
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