Category Archives: Environmentalism

Three Ocean Articles

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Here are links to three environmental articles on the ocean.  As part of the discussion I am hoping to start, I have shared my own thoughts below, but I think it would work best if people read the articles and brainstormed their own thoughts BEFORE reading mine.  Enjoy!

http://www.bbc.com/news/28583945

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28372468http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28372468

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/otters-the-picky-eaters-of-the-pacific-49760786/?no-ist=

My Thoughts:

While I have always been more interested in terrestrial life than ocean life, my concern for the environment has inevitably led me to the ocean.  I feel like this happened because in many cases, the ocean and its inhabitants are getting the worst of humanity’s effects on the environment. Based on “UK’s Deep Sea Mountain Life Filmed” and “Antarctic Fur Seals Feel Climate Impacts,” for instance, the ocean could possibly be the habitat most negatively affected by climate change. By now I am pretty sure there is nothing we can do to stop climate change. We can only slow it down. I’m not sure, though, which or how many species of animals, plants, and other life forms we can save by slowing down climate change. Some might already be doomed, especially ocean inhabitants. We must all do our best to save all the life forms still on Earth, though.

While “UK’s Deep Sea Mountain Life Filmed” focused mostly on coral and other life forms living in the deepest parts of the ocean, the other two articles really opened my eyes to a hard truth about marine mammals: The ban on hunting them ultimately won’t do anything, not even if the law is rarely broken, if we keep on polluting our oceans and speeding up climate change. Marine mammals, as well as other ocean animals like sea turtles, are facing all kinds of threats nowadays, like being hunted and getting caught in fishing gear. Even if those threats are lessened, the ocean will keep getting more and more polluted and more and more affected by climate change if we don’t do something fast. This is why, even though most marine mammals are not technically endangered, I consider all ocean animals somewhat endangered, because the ocean itself is. It’s sad, but true.

As discussed in the article on sea otters, much of our waste (human, pet, household, industrial, etc) ends up in the oceans, whether it was intended to or not. I’d really like to know more about what we can do to stop this from happening. According to “Otters: The Picky Eaters of the Pacific,” one thing that might help those poor otters off the coast of California is ceasing to flush cat litter down the toilet. I’m sure there are more environmentally friendly ways to dispose of cat waste, and I will definitely look into those when I get a cat, which I’m hoping to do someday. Even though it would make the cat owner’s house less stinky, toilet training a cat obviously wouldn’t help in this case. I am sure there are more actions we can take to stop waste from being dumped in the ocean, and I would like to learn more about these actions and start taking them soon. I will encourage other people to do so as well, before it is too late.

Happier Notes:

Hearing about deep sea mountains being explored makes me very optimistic. Learning more about our natural environments is one of the most crucial steps in saving them. Hopefully shedding light on the deep seas, which we still know little about, will help us be more mindful of our impact on them.

I had no idea otters hid stones in pouches under their arms!   How cute is that?!

Sermon Poems

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Today I wrote three poems inspired by the sermon at my Unitarian Universalist church.  Here they are:

Think of the World

The world is full of boys, girls,

Women, and men,

And there are more strangers

Than family and friends,

So think of the world

And the places you can go,

And think of people you don’t know.

Think of how you can make others smile,

Sometimes that can take just a very little while.

Helping Others

Helping others is the way

Help somebody every day.

Share your time,

Spread the wealth,

But be sure to let another help himself.

Source Gone

Close down factory,

Source gone, pollution gone, too.

Never that simple.

Building and Freshening Device

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This is a response to an exercise that can be found at http://www.build-creative-writing-ideas.com/free-creative-writing-prompts-science-fiction.html.  It is Bryan Cohen’s Science Fiction Exercise #3.  As my response touches upon briefly, I got the idea while brainstorming futuristic fairy tale retellings.

            In a world greatly enhanced by new technologies, which are being developed every day, I have come up with a world-changing device.  It is a strengthening machine that can make any given material suitable for architecture.  This device would change life as we know it because it would allow us to use all our trash to build houses out of, thus making landfills unnecessary.  It would also allow us to spend less money as well as less non-renewable resources on building our houses.  We can even build houses out of food, an idea I got from “Hansel and Gretel.”  Some of the newer versions of this device even have mechanisms that keep food edible in  making it strong building material.  These versions of my device can be used to make rotten food fresh again as well as keep food fresh.  In this way, my device can also help end world hunger.