Current Event/ Placing Animals/Project

Current Event: Coastal Cities gone by 2100?

The Washington Post reports that studies have found Antartic ice loss could double the expected sea level rise. If carbon dioxide emissions continue unabated, many coastal communities will be completely submerged underwater.

Published in the journal Nature, scientists and biologists are certain that oceans will rise by almost two meters in total, nearing the end of the century. Alone, the melting Antarctic ice could causes sea rises of over 15 meters by 2500. Another reason for the sea level rising would be sea levels triggering a tectonic shift, due to severity and speed of the antarctic ice sheets melting.

Predictions of coastal cities engulfed by water by 2100 range from Bangladesh, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. Great..

Reading: Placing Animals: Julie Urbanik

I enjoyed reading the preface because she establishes her credibility to the reader and tone in the first page, stating “inside are three cats, sculptures of elephants and so on..”This is the first book we have looked at to delve into the relationship of geography and animals, and how it intersects with our human communities.

On page 1, she says “We eat them, wear them, live with them, work with them, experiment on them, try to save them, spoil them, abuse them, fight them, hunt them, buy, sell and trade them, love them fear them or hate them.” There are too many views to count in today’s society about whether animals should be our friend, or foe. Animals have never had a consistent status in our world, because they do not have the same rights as a human being. On that note, fur farming is actually the worst and most grueling part of this book. Yeesh.

I enjoyed the farming concepts of Chapter 5, where she discusses the role of farm animals in shaping agricultural America. The geography of farming animals include modern practices, pastoral ways, and industrial tactics to obtain fur, meat, milk, eggs, and other products. This made me think of movies such as Food Inc., where it truly exposed “farms” and animal produce owners that hold unsanitary and torturous environments for these animals. Reading and then going to bed with all of these animal geography concepts in my mind has me thinking why we even need to have all of these animal cruelty rights and laws against poor farming habits. Why are people even treating animals in a cruel manner in the first place!? The lack of concern and tolerance for our god given animals is concerning. That sounded like a  bible verse.

The concept of human interaction with wild animals made me think about all of the times I have visited the zoo. We rarely stop to think that these wild animals, some even endangered, are not able to live in their natural habitat as we are. The points surrounding ecotourism worry me, because implementing humans in animal’s habitats can cause conservation issues, such as invasive species, unhealthy competition, and threatened or endangered species.

Project Update:

We are requesting some different vegan options for the Thompson store on campus. The selection is already limited, but we are hoping to add vegan (avocado) chocolate pudding, vegan wraps and possibly more options. I was talking to a food coordinator in Hamwil probably three weeks ago, and I mentioned that many of the simple dishes such as vegetables are not vegan due to butter or cheese, and I have seen a dramatic difference since. Any baby steps are progress towards a healthier campus!

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