Week 4: News Event- SP

January 31, 2015


So many people to feed, and yet most of our food doesn’t even reach peoples plates because it goes bad in transit or people buy too much food and throw it away. Its ridiculous how carless most Americans are with their food and how much they throw away. We live in a throw away society–it’s disgusting. In most cultures, if you were to catch a fish, you use the whole thing. My dad spent a lot of time doing work overseas and got used to the way of life in Asia. Now, dinners at dads house are always the same- using the whole animal and respecting it. It hard to believe how much is thrown away before it even reaches the shelves. If we stopped wasting so much food, we would not waste our resources as much ( the amount of water, labor, and fuel etc that goes into the food making process, not to mention- the 3.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. Apparently, if we stop wasting as much food as we do, we will be able to feed 2.5 billion more people in the next 35 years. First of all, we don’t need anybody else on this planet, but it is good to know that we could possible sustain that many people. The United States takes plentiful food for granted, and I wish we could learn to not throw everything away.

Project Week 2 and Environment Article

January 29, 2015

This week I have continued thinking about which projects I find to be most interesting. I would prefer to focus on the “ban the bottle” event and the reusable containers for Hamwil.

  • Ban the Bottle
    • Work with WCSA about adding more hydration stations on campus. If we are asking students to use reusable bottles there needs to be convent clean water they can fill their bottles with.
    • Find out what ChartWells agreement with the school is on water bottles.
    • Looking into cost figures for OWU
    • Look at other Universities and how they accomplished their goal


      I like the idea of making a statement with empty water bottles . Something that would draw attention to our cause. I liked these fish I found.

  • Reusable container
    • At this stage I think it is most important to figure out what the biggest road block is for moving forward
    • I am going to start looking into the costs of getting the proper dish washer in Hamwil
    • Further investigation to why it hasn’t been done already and if there have been previous plans

Environmental event 

I have been interested in reading about a fungus that was discovered in the Amazon that “eats plastic”. Students at Yale are currently breading the fungus and observing it. Plastic eating fungus They are currently discussing how this fungus could be applied to the growing amount of plastic in the oceans. it can survive on “polyurethane alone and—even more surprising—do this in an anaerobic (oxygen-free)”( How ).

News- Research shows loss of pollinators increases risk of malnutrition and disease

January 28, 2015

No scientific studies had been done to actually claim how much pollinators affect our health. Well a study has been done by the University of Vermont and Harvard University that connected what people eat in developing countries to the pollination requirements for the crops that provide food for them. A big take home from this article is that pollination really affects the health of humans, really with talking about vitamin A deficiencies. Scientists around the world have noticed a bog decline in many pollinators and fearing the decline in the world’s food supply. The new research showed that in countries like Mozambique, women and children are malnourished and the decline of pollinators could push others over the edge to malnutrition as well.


Desert Solitaire Thoughts

January 28, 2015

Desert Solitaire Thoughts

Edward Abbey’s experiences as a park ranger left a great impression on him. His time in isolation out in the Moab desert made him feel a more intimate connection with the environment around him. Being alone and exposed to the desert for such a long period of time allowed him to experience nature at a more organic level. I can relate to this feeling because I went backpacking in New Mexico for a week when I was a boy scout and it was an extremely intense experience. Abby argues that the tourism industry has inadvertently contributed to the decline of nature. By actively bringing people into the wild, he argues there is invariably a negative effect. While the tourism industry advocates environmental friendliness and is generally well intended, it invariably brings with it a host of things that are have a negative effect. For example, the building of roads and accommodations scar the landscape. The presence of people means the pollution from cars, waste, and noise. Because his experiences were relatively free of the problems of tourism, he was able to see wilderness and all of its challenges as paradise. I can understand this, and felt the same way when I was in New Mexico. Although I was in an unfamiliar place that I considered to be wilderness, there still was a “touristy” feeling and so many people had done the same trek before me so it didn’t feel entirely unique either. It was still an incredible experience but I never felt truly alone in the wild.

Overall, I feel Desert Solitare was a decent book. I enjoyed the descriptions and I felt that it was an easy read. I could tell of Abbey’s true love of nature. I thought it was amazing how much tine he spent in the wilderness and his “moments of bliss” that he experienced. I think he is a good story teller, and because of this I was usually always interested continuing my readings.Whenever I was reading it made me want to go explore the true wilderness like he did, but at the same time if I go there then am I perpetuating humanities impact on these places.

Desert Solitaire

January 28, 2015

This is Edward Abbey. I think this image basically explains the whole book.

I didn’t feel like I was reading this book.  I felt like I was watching it. It was so profound how you almost felt as though you could touch aspects of this book. Edward Abbey, very grumpy but also very lovable at the same time. These are my notes for presentation: my own rambles. Desert Solitaire:

  • ·      Background: Edward Abby was living and working in Monuments National Park, which is near Moab, Utah.
  • He’s living in a small trailer alone. Seems to run us through his daily schedules when alone
  • His writing is very poetic. You feel as though you can touch and see exactly what he is doing.
  • He wants to stop giving into the “personification of the natural”
    • Yet, I liked how he then discussed himself turning on the generator and using the electricity and the light bulbs. This helped me to understand that it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing scenario. It can be both sometimes. He’s not asking for the extreme.
  • I loved the quote on page 25, “They do not sweat and wine about their condition, they do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins.. “
    • He says these animals tend to seem like they have awareness but is that because we give it to them?
  • Abbeys ideas on wilderness:
    • Untouched by humans. He thinks that’s what makes the wilderness pretty and wild. He also feels that he projecting on to things is wrong. I.e human things to non human creatures
    • He doesn’t understand why people don’t think of deserts when they think of wilderness. .. anyone have an opinion on this?
    • I got lost in the story about the snakes. I loved that in order to get rid of one type of snake he brought in another. I loved that he basically made it his pet and then let it go. Beautiful sentiment about company.
    • He also makes an very interesting point about needing wilderness without even having to visit it. Yet, the release is knowing the freedom exists.
    • Freedom = wilderness, this was Graham’s point on the first day of class.
    • Needed for life. Necessity not luxury
  • He isn’t a fan of main stream culture
    • I thought his distain for daily routine was interesting since he has one.
  • Other topics:
    • Discussion of the undeveloped. The park is suppose to be natural but he sees all these human features and can’t understand how it is believed that it is undeveloped

Caitlin’s Semester Project Progress (Week 2)

January 28, 2015


As an extension of the work done on this project so far, I would like to create small native plant life gardens to benefit and encourage wildlife on campus. This week I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about where on campus these gardens would be most effective, but I’d like to know more about the University’s openness to this sort of addition before moving forward. If there are places we could put in these native gardens without too much resistance, I’d like to focus efforts on those areas first, and then expand the program from that point. If it seems the University is seriously opposed to this sort of project, I’d like to hear all of their concerns and focus my efforts on building a case for native wildlife gardens on our campus.

From there, the next step would be to establish which wildlife species to focus on, and then what plant life would most directly benefit them. I have found a few sites with good catalogs of native Ohio plant species, but choosing which species we’re trying to attract and available sites will definitely help narrow down the options.

Additionally, I’d like to use some web/social media platform or some other community forum to increase awareness of wildlife on campus. I think encouraging knowledge of and appreciation for wildlife around us would be a great way to reinforce the benefits of the Shelters project.

Olivia’s Project Progress

January 28, 2015

Ban the Bottle Update

So in the Transcript this week there was an article about the new student leaders, Emma and Jerry, in WCSA. One of their initiatives actually is to limit the use of disposable plastic water bottles and hopefully rid the campus of them. As a start, they’ve ordered I think 6 new hydration stations which I think is fantastic!

I’ve contacted them and am hopefully meeting with Emma next week. I know I wouldn’t be able to execute a project like this on my own but maybe with WCSA’s help I could get the ball rolling.

Professor Krygier actually suggested that I maybe use some sort of art or performance event to raise awareness. People have had recycled fashion shows but I think just one person dressed like this in Hamwil could spark conversation:


… okay that last one is a little crazy and I know realistically this would take a lot of time. Maybe I can talk to someone from the art department? I think just one person dressed like this would be fun and could raise awareness.

Overall, I’m pretty sure I’d like stick with this project.