Callan Yanoff (Projects,Current Envi Events, Reading)

Project Ideas:

  1. Beekeeping at the Stratford Ecological Center. 3 years ago, Stratford began to set the foundation for an ambitious project; to set up a working Apiary whose mission is to increase awareness and education about the ever important role of the increasingly threatened pollinators that we all depend on for so much of our food.
  2. EWaste on campus: OWU Cell-phone recycling project. Seems costly, but completely doable to send old, used cell phones to electronic recycling companies. I don’t know about everyone else, but I have a few old droids collecting dust in my drawer.
  3. Meek center retention pond native plantings: Meek natatorium should be reconstructed and have new plants implemented to make it better for wildlife, cleaner, and more aesthetically appealing.

Current Events:

Genetic engineering (GE) has given rise to a whole new branch of technology in science, ranging from genetic modification of humans, animal organs, and food. The current trending topic is GMO-free foods, but us environmentalists know many clean eating hipsters don’t fully comprehend the concept of genetic engineering, and that it has major detrimental effects . Genetically modifying organisms has more ill impacts to our human health than benefits of genetically enhanced food produce. GE involves the transfer of different genetic traits of one organism, into a completely different organism. In today’s warming climate, people are believing that using genetically altering technology will preserve crop species to live through global warming, when in reality the crops will adjust and adapt to thrive in their environment.


I remember sitting with a friend at lunch one morning, and attempting to explain how her absurdly large banana was a hybridization of the actual produce. She had a hard time comprehending that before humans wreaked havoc on natural organisms, they appeared quite different. Before GMOs, they were actually half the size and width. Not everyone realizes the modifications made to every small food they eat, because our environmentally polluting population barely recognizes a scary, miniature banana, with the seeds on the outside.


The Meadowlands: Wilderness Adventures at the Edge of the City is an impactful novel highlighting the marsh area that many quickly speed through in an attempt to avoid. The wasteland of dumping and dredging outside of New York City’s Limit, New Jersey has been degraded, killing off native wildlife species and altering water quality, ridding the local birds and destroying their breeding habitat. In particular, as industry and residential areas continue to expand, duck and crane populations will begin to dwindle. These migratory game birds require waterways and environmental protection, which growing populations of human interference begins to interrupt the aboriginal, annual migrations.

Half way through reading about this catastrophe, I recall of times leaving Manhattan’s Meatpacking District and heading South to Maryland. Past the Manhattan skyline, I was extremely disappointed to see the amount of litter and debris that this marshland held compared to Maryland. There were dysfunctional tires, wires, plastic barrels (almost literally representing toxic waste) and a plethora of plastic household items. New York City was at one point grass fields, and exuberant wildlife roaming contrary to popular belief of today’s elderly hipsters.

I became fascinated in Sullivan’s chapter of “Treasure,” where Leo Koncher purchased a canoe to make extravagant explorations within the uncharted territory. The reader  is led to believe Leo is a bit of a loose cannon, predicting that the pirates accidentally left loot in the burrows of the marshland. It all made symbolic sense when he pointed out the cemetery on the top of hill of the lands is where his wife is buried. Not only does he find adventure within this area, but sentimental value. There is a constant love struggle with the Hackensak river, because of the tormenting environment needing TLC and the industrial waste area it has become. Besides the attraction of Metlife stadium, bringing in Jets and Giants fans from across the country, the increasing population of visitation to this area continues the addition of fossil fuels, garbage present, and general disruption of indigenous species.

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