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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
Jasmine J-France, Oct. 6, 2012

Good morning every one! The subject of the deforestation, is something which affects me a lot cause trees are also alive and we had to take care of this biodiversity. Let’s take an exemple , In the bresil, we cultivate of numerous bit just for fields and it’s really bad , cause trees are important We would be lacking of cO2 without them and more bit decreases more the air will be missing, and the fauna and the flora will decrease. Here in france we take really care of the bit , beacause it’s really necessary . We should make video, actions, demonstration for reduice these deforestations perms which degrade our earth.

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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Stephanie A-USA, Oct. 5, 2012

Deforestation usually happens because large corporations need the trees to mass produce something. Deforestation takes away homes of many species. There are many that eventually extinct since they are not able to survive. I watched a video in AP Bio and not only do wild animals live there, but people still do as well. Examples of people still living in this kind of environment are in Brazil and New Guinea. These people could be largely affected by deforestation.The video was called Jungles: People of the Trees

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Emily F-United States, Oct. 5, 2012

Hi again! I am a high school cross country cross country runner and I run anywhere from 4-12 miles a day. I’ve found that I prefer running on trails and in parks to cities and sidewalks. For a while I thought that it was the softer impact and the more peaceful environment, but the other day I was running down a fairly busy street, I realized how my breathing was heavier than usual. Running around towns is significantly more harder on my lungs than running in parks. The emissions from cars, stores, gas stations, etc really do effect me in a negative way-no wonder I prefer the trails!
This leads me the interesting problem I wanted to point out: as “smog centers” expand and air pollution increases around the world, runners, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts are at a greater risk being exposed to air pollution. It is unfortunate, an frankly unfair dilemma to put at risk those who are working their bodies, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and strengthening bones, muscles, joints. Have we done so much damage to our environment that healthy habits have become unsafe?

Emily F-United States
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  • eva de la iglesia eva de la iglesia Oct. 20, 2012
    This is a good job, you're the best!!!
  • eva de la iglesia eva de la iglesia Oct. 20, 2012
    sorry, I meant work .fault of google translator
  • Meredith D-UnitedstatesofAmerica Meredith D-UnitedstatesofAmerica Oct. 10, 2013
    I play field hockey and my school is in the middle of Houston. When we run laps we can smell Chinese food and What-A-Burger. Not only is it distracting but i agree with that it does make it harder to breath. There are certain places on our complex where there is more pollution released and you can smell and breath it in.

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Discussions Discussion Nukes post-Fukushima
Sophie V-USA, Oct. 5, 2012

Hello!

On the one hand nuclear energy seems the lesser of many evils because of its “clean” nature as opposed to gasoline, which emits carbon. Ultimately though, I am opposed to nuclear energy because of the danger it presents.

However, the issue of nuclear energy brings up the larger issue that we are pushing the Earth to extremes in order to continue living in a materialistic and consumer society. It proves astonishing that we do not recognize when we “crossed the line” and need to realize that if we are pushed to use substances that could destroy the world so we can continue driving to the mall then our culture needs a major change.

We need to buy less, reuse more, such as clothes (thrift stores!), and use mass transportation

Sophie V-USA
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  • Emily F-United States Emily F-United States Oct. 5, 2012
    Sophie - I agree that pursuing nuclear energy would not be wise. You brought to light an excellent point about our culture. How we seem to “cross the line”. I think this also reveals that humans are inclined to take (or in this case, use) whatever is in front of them. If we are going to continue existing on this planet in a healthy way, we are going to have to start planning ahead and avoiding these dangerous options all together. Reusing and down-sizing is a definite must!

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Emily F-United States, Oct. 5, 2012

Hello all! I find it particularly interesting that environmental climate change is being uncovered concurrently with discoveries surrounding the human genome. It makes me wonder how exposure to daily emissions, such as unclean air, is biologically affecting humans. And even more so, will we, ourselves be able to see the effect of climate change on us, or will it should up in the genomes of our children and grandchildren. Check out this link (Ghost in Your Genes) which looks at epigenetics, biological changes that occur without changes in our DNA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6cQSR3mPm8
Emily F-United States
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  • Ry  W- USA Ry W- USA Oct. 5, 2012
    This is creepy…informative and interesting but so completely creepy and scary. See ya in the morning carpool buddy! Yay to reducing our carbon footprint.
  • eva de la iglesia eva de la iglesia Oct. 20, 2012
    This is good work, you're the best!!!

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Discussions Discussion Nukes post-Fukushima
Laura K-USA, Oct. 3, 2012

For the US, I do not think we should pursue the idea of nuclear power. As stated, it is just too dangerous! There are many other ways to create energy such as wind power or solar power. I think putting lives at risk is not at all worth it. Its is a countries duty to protect their people against threats and adding nuclear power would only create a threat. I do not believe nuclear power is a bad idea, just for the US I do not think it is safe enough.

Laura K-USA
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  • [S]TEVE[N] [W][U] [S]TEVE[N] [W][U] Nov. 6, 2012
    Basically, I agree with your point. Putting lives at risk is worthless, especially in the US. The US is the top 1 country in the world. If the nuclear power plant explodes, hundreds of thousands of people lived nearby will be dead or badly injured by radioactive substances. So using nuclear power is extremely dangerous. We can use solar energy, wind power, hydroelectric power, and geothermal energy instead of using nuclear power. One advantage of using nuclear energy is that a relatively small amount of uranium produces a large amount of energy. In addition, a well-run nuclear power plant does not pollute the air, the soil, or the water. If we really need to use the nuclear power, we’d better place the nuclear power plant in relatively safer places, such as in the middle of Pacific Ocean or even build it in space.

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Discussions Discussion Nukes post-Fukushima
Justin Yu, June 20, 2012

I think that nuclear powerplants should be completely redesigned allowing it to withstand accidents like fukushima. There shoud be better equipted response teams and more effective prodicals for the new powerplants.

Justin Yu
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  • John Haarr John Haarr Sept. 24, 2012
    i really dont se the problem…
    most of nuclear powerplants are very good observed and have a high level of security. accidents happends all the time
  • John Haarr John Haarr Sept. 24, 2012
    i really dont se the problem…
    most of nuclear powerplants are very good observed and have a high level of security. accidents happends all the time
  • John Haarr John Haarr Sept. 24, 2012
    i really dont se the problem…
    most of nuclear powerplants are very good observed and have a high level of security. accidents happends all the time

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Discussions Discussion Life on the Reef: Amazing World of Coral Fish…
Maddie D, May 9, 2012

So I’d love to visit here to explore the beautiful coral reefs depicted, but that doesn’t look very possible.

I wish that Indonesia’s government would try to help with the growing number of illegal fishermen who use explosives and cyanide to kill and stun their prey. Do the fishermen even realize what they are doing to the underwater landscape? Do they realize howthey are affecting so many more organisms than just their prey and coral?

Action clearly needs to be taken against these fishermen and their crimes that are changing a once-beautiful travel stop.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/travel/2018030049_webindonesiacoral20.html
Maddie D
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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Jack T, May 1, 2012

Deforestation is an important issue as it devastates south American habitats and ensures that things cannot grow back as it rips nutrients out of the soil. I feel like many people are passionate about this subject, but don’t fully understand the serious effects of it.

Jack T
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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Jack T, May 1, 2012

Deforestation is ripping apart the soil of south America which not only destroys wildlife habitat but ensures nothing else can grow there. I feel like a lot of people join the protest against deforestation to jump on the bandwagon without examining the issue, but it really is an important issue.

Jack T
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