Environmental Geography Course Blog Updated for Fall 2014!

July 30, 2014

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Digital Portfolio

May 6, 2014

DIGITAL PORTFOLIO

personal introduction

Readings

W2 01/21/2014: Sullivan The Meadowlands
W3 01/29/2014: Abbey Desert Solitaire
W4 02/02/2014: Coates Nature (part I)
W5 02/10/2014: Coates Nature (part II) My post kept deleting, something went wrong with the blog…
W6 02/19/2014: Robbins et al Environment and Society (part I)
W7 02/26/2014: Robbins et al Environment and Society (part II) [presented by myself)
W8 03/05/2014: Robinson Eating on the Wild Side (had dinner @ your house and food for class)
W11 03/25/2014: Foer Eating Animals
W12 04/02/2014: Humes Garbology

Current events
W2 01/21/2014: Current event; Sustainable Agriculture
W3 01/29/2014: eco friendly Homemade home
W4 02/02/2014:Destroying Ivory
W5 02/10/2014: Electric cars; are they really saving the environment?
W6 02/19/2014: Organic Food is Bad for the environment?
W7 02/26/2014: Train derailed in Delaware!
W8 03/05/2014: China Emmissions
W11 03/25/2014: Chemical spills not reported
W12 04/02/2014:Whales

BABY PIGS!!!

Project postings

First project proposal- failure…

Second project proposal- Floating wetlands

Presentation- Floating wetlands

 


Garbology.

May 6, 2014

This was a good book. I just thought it was interesting that the largest “mountian” in ohio is an old land fill, not many people know that. The whole idea of hiding our trash is one that cracks me up. Although everything can break down and go back into the cycle of things our new inventions (maybe not so new) like plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose. There is a park in morrow county that has different trash items in metal cages with the date they were put there and approximately how long it takes for it to decompose. My cross country team used to run there once a year and it was always interesting to see no change in  the tires or plastic bottles… Trash is going to continue to be a problem until we find ways to recycle items in a more productive and less expensive way. When ever I think of Trash, I think of Toy story 3 at the end when the toys are about to be incinerated. i know that a lot of trash just gets piles up or left on the side of the road but there are people who are trying to make it better. The book was very good at really explaining what happens to trash and education is the first step to a better world.

 

 

 

 


Digital Portfolio – Jonathan Valentine

May 6, 2014

Readings 

1. The Trouble With Wilderness/ Meadowlands

2. Desert Solitude

3. Nature Part I (presentation with Chris Mondon)

4. Nature Part II

5. Enviroment and Society Part I (no notes)

6. Environment and Society Part II

7. Eating on the Wild Side (had food)

8. Eating Animals (no notes)

9. Garbology 

Current Enviro Events 

1. Week 1 

2. Week 2 

3. Week 3 

4. Week 4

5. Week 5 

6. Week 7 

7. Week 10

8. Personal Introduction

Project Postings

1. Project Ideas

2. Original Project Proposal

3. Final Project Proposal (with Chris Mondon)

4. Final Project Presentation (with Chris Mondon)


Garbology

May 6, 2014

This was one of my favorite books to read all semester. This is due to the fact that I have a large interest in where our trash goes. I believe that our current ways of disposing trash is not good. We are burying them in landfills and dumping it all over the world. I thought it was interesting to read how the landfills work and where exactly the trash goes. I also thought it was interesting to see how much trash we as humans actually produce each year. I also agree with the book that we need to find better and more sustainable ways to manage our trash. 

 

 

 


Final Blog Posting

May 6, 2014

Week 1: W January 15

Personal Introduction

Current Event

“The Trouble with Wilderness”

Week 2: W January 22

The Meadowlands by Robert Sullivan

Week 3: W January 29

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Current Event

Week 4: W February 5

Current Event

Project Update

Nature by Peter Coates

Week 5: W February 12

Current Event

Nature Part 2

Week 6: W February 19

Current Event

Project Proposal

Environment and Society Part 1

Week 7: W February 26

Current Event

Environment and Society Part 2

Week 8: W March 5

Current Event

My Presentation: Eating on the Wild Side: Fruits

Week 11: March 26

Current Event

Eating Animals

Current Event Update

Week 12: April 2

Current Event

Garbology

Week 15: April 23

Presentation: The Olentangy River: Change over Time


Garbology

May 6, 2014

I found this book to be a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. I grew up driving past a pretty awful landfill on a frequent basis. Every time I go home I’m amazed at how much it has changed, but at the same time, how little it has too. I think that the author is right, we have a garbage problem. As someone that grew up practicing recycling and burning our garbage I didn’t ever really think about my impact on the environment, but now I see things a little differently after four years here at OWU. In nearly all of my geography classes, there has been a project done about trash, or recycling, or composting. College students here are much more aware of their effects on the environment around them, even if they do nothing to lessen that impact.

The author made the point that we accept products that are meant “to be disposed of rather than repaired or upgraded” and that is absolutely true (258). But will that change, no, I don’t think so. The rampant consumerism that has evolved along with capitalism will never allow for a change like that to be made. Perhaps that is just my own cynical view, but probably not…


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