Week # 9 How to Be Idle: (March 16th 2011)

May 3, 2011

Over spring break with the start of baseball on its way, the last thing I wanted to do was to read a book on my way down to glorious Florida.  I actually was very interested in the book and got caught up in it more than I thought that I would.  This semester which is my last semester here has been a pretty lazy one for me which is a testament of why I am turning these blogs in late.  This book gives me satisfaction in knowing that being lazy is not always a bad thing.  Hodgkinson brings up a very interesting point about how life is in need of relaxation but instead people are trying to fulfill their days with a steady amount of work.  This is because we have been persuaded that the moral of life is be successful and the only way to do so is to use a majority of our time working and doing stuff that is necessary for individual success.  But in reality stopping and taking a break is what the body needs.  People need to do things that are things of relaxation to them.  I personally love to be lazy and watch all episodes of CSI and pretty much everything that is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  But also I enjoy lifting weights.  The sensations of breaking a good sweat and the tightness that my body feels after a good workout is also very relaxing as well.  This allows me to take out frustrations on the weights and be able to create personal gains at the same times, you can’t beat it!  There are many types of ways people enjoy their relaxation. These are a few of mine.  Without relaxation there would be too much stress in our lives.  I think that one can become too idle and lose the concept of relaxation and potentially take advantage of the concept.  Therefore I would recommend this book for people who are highly stressed out because this would allow them to understand the positive attributes that come from relaxation.


Current Event Week 7

May 3, 2011

Australia Cyclone

Fierce winds and pelting rains brought by the most powerful storm to ever hit Queensland. Wind gusts reach almost up to 200mph ripped through the northern part of Australia.  The eye of the storm was reported to be 22 miles in width, with a front stretching across 400 miles, causing a tidal wave of approximately 30 feet high.  With waves this high coming in a very fast pace just washed out low laying areas during its destructive path.


Eating Animals

May 3, 2011

I enjoyed this book more that I have others in this class.  Although this book gave me second thoughts about eating meat there is no way I could give up such a wonderful gift from the man upstairs.  I feel like that would be like slapping God in the face for giving us such a gorgeous gift and no accepting it.  Throughout the book there were so disturbing issues brought up such as the producing of meats and the way animals are killed and made available for humans to eat.  The food chain is a way of life.  Therefore I do feel bad that other things have to die in order to feed my belly but at the same time I would rather not go hungry or eat something fake and not get the same nutritional value out of it.  One issue that was brought to my attention was the ways that animals are treated in the killing process. I believe that all animals should be treated with the respect that we would treat another human. They should be killed with ethical behavior and not tortured before their death.  I know that it is cruel to kill others things but it is simply a way of life that I am comfortable with.  I personally cannot do vegan stuff, I have tried and didn’t like it so, and real meat it is for me.  I think that it is a good idea for people who do enjoy vegan food to  have it available, so there is an alternative to killing animals for food consumption.  Most individuals that eat meat will continue to eat meat, but the chemicals that are put into the meat are unnecessary.  I think that the animals should be able to grow naturally and not have growth hormones injected into them therefore they are able to grow at a faster rate and produced more rapidly.  This is not safe for the humans nor the animals.  Free range is the way to go. All natural meat is what is best and the proper way for animals to grow.  Which raises the question is it unethical to place growth hormones into animals for faster food production? If more people were able to have access and read this book would they think differently about eat meat since most individuals don’t know how and what goes into the making of their packaged meat? Would this book change the minds of people after reading it?


King crab army invades Antarctica

May 3, 2011

King Crabs have begun to invade parts of Antarctica, causing serious problems for the local mollusk inhabitants. Until now, Antarctica has been an environment that king crabs have stayed away from. Why? Because it was too cold. Not anymore. The temperature int he Antarctic has risen, meaning the crabs are able to survive much better, and since there is plenty of mollusks to much on, they have taken over. According to the biologist in the article, the Antarctic ocean in these parts hasn’t seen King crabs from nearly 40 millions years. That’s a huge stretch of time to not have an animal present only to have them come now. Obviously global warming is having an effect on these animals to make them move to a habitat they haven’t lived in for millennia.

That's what a King crab looks like by the way.


Current Event Week 2

May 3, 2011

Brazil flood deaths top 800 with 400 still missing

A torrential rain fall produces a whole hillside to collapse in Brazil causing 800 deaths and over 400 missing individuals.  Rescuers are doing what they can to try and save and find as many bodies as possible.  It was reported that roughly a third of the humans that were trapped were children and adolescents.


Week # 2 Dessert Solitaire: (Jan 26th 2011)

May 3, 2011

Some of the themes I noticed throughout Desert Solitaire were that: -The desert can be cruel place for survival, it is untamed, and can be very uplifting; nature can be more than just these three descriptions but these are some of the themes I picked up from reading them. Personally I would not read the book again but I didn’t mind it the first time but would not want to read it again.  I thought that Abbey gave a good sense of understanding of place and his struggles with how societies view on nature today is declining. A quote that he used to relate his love to nature is, “Nature has a very intrinsic value” Throughout the book, he expressed his strong opinionated love for nature and he was very passionate about the environment.  He felt that he was to protect and preserve all living animals.  One day he ran into a rattle snake as in stead of removing himself from the scene or killing it, he moved it to another location so the snake was able to continue on with its life and not killed because it was in the wrong spot at the wrong time.  Can we as Americans or human life in the world make a change to start thinking more environmentally and possibly spare the lives of other living things on earth?


Current Event Week 1

May 3, 2011

BBC

Australia floods: Victoria town residents told to flee

The flooding in Victoria has cause many individuals to lose their houses and some lost loved ones. A 13 year old boy was considered a hero in a time of disaster.  He insisted that the rescuers save his little brother as their family car was trapped in a danger flooding that occurred throughout 58 states in Victoria, which is located on the south eastern side of Australia.  A recorded amount of lightning was recorded as over 7000 strikes of lighting occurred throughout this horrendous storm.


Cincinnati Zoo to add 6400 Solar Panels

May 3, 2011

Hey! Yo! Sweet! I’m from Cincinnati and have been to the Cincinnati Zoo many, many times. When I heard this article on NPR a couple of weeks ago I got super excited that a big icon in our city is finally going to be making changes to it’s energy consumption (and apparently there are already solar panels installed in the parking lots which I had no clue were there). It takes a lot of energy to clean up all that poop.

The zoo plans to have these solar panels produce 20% of the zoo’s total energy, which is great, but they won’t be able to purchase the $11 million system for a couple of years. They anticipate around 2015. Still, it’s great to see a business that specializes in bringing nature to us (however horrible that may sound), going green so well.


Week # 1 The Meadowland: (Jan. 19th)

May 3, 2011

I felt that Sullivan gave very good description on “The Meadowlands.” An example of this was on page 61.  “…the sky is the most prominent feature of the Meadowlands. The area’s undevelopability has kept it relatively free of skyscrapers and tall buildings. All over the Meadowlands, there is an uninterrupted panorama. It’s Big Sky Country East.” One of the biggest concerns that caught my eye in this book was that the community members around the area letting this place that used to be fully alive with nature go to waste but throwing trash and dumping garbage into this and turning into a place where no one can be proud of.  All of this happening and it being in close proximity to the city of New York, where many people travel, visit and live due to it being one the nation’s most prized places. Overall I felt that Sullivan’s book had an interesting approach on our class.  I was expecting this book to be on a place similar to the word wilderness that we discussed the first week of class.  But just like the word wilderness, one can interpret a place differently than another would.


Hailey Griffin Digital Portfolio

May 3, 2011

Week One:

About Me

Medowlands

Current Enviro Events

Week Two:

Desert Solitare

Current Enviro Events

Project Update

Week Three:

Nature Part One

Current Enviro Events

Week Four:

Nature Part Two

Current Enviro Events

Project Update

Week Five:

Environment and Society Part One

Current Enviro Events

Week Six:

Environment and Society Part Two

Current Enviro Events

Week Seven:

Eating Animals

Current Enviro Events

Week Eight:

How To Be Idle

Current Enviro Events

Week Nine:

Breakfast of Biodiversity

Current Enviro Events

Week Ten:

Lawn People

Current Enviro Events