Environmental Geography

Environment and Society- Textbook notes

The section on lawns brings up a great point on property values. A pretty, well-manicured lawn will attract people who have money to tend to lawns. They are probably mild-mannered, which creates a sociability aspect to create the suburbs of your mildest dreams.

 – Water bottles as a concept is something that will always be near and dear to my heart. The plastic waste builds up more and more as people continue to use them for their replicability, convenience, and implied cleanliness that is better than tap. I am from Toledo, and we recently had issues with our water in 2014. Algal blooms created toxins that were not filtered out properly for human consumption. City-wide panic struck and there was no water for several hours’ drive. After those few days, I would hear fellow residents talk about how they do not trust Toledo water. I think about this a lot in context of Flint, and others who have to fight for their water with environmental issues, including the Lakota tribe in South Dakota. Sure the bottled water is safe, but it is safe at the cost of being made into a commodity, rather than a necessity.

-Wolves. This is an issue that I had no idea that was a topic for environmentalists. I just had a conception of wolves being a problem in the olden days of yore. It makes sense that I had this idea, because as it turns out they’ve been mostly eradicated. With their reintroduction changing the food chain, there has been a massive effect in the way that the ecosystem of Yellowstone. The 8 wolves they started with increased their population, as well as the populations of beavers, eagles, and beetles. Willow trees grew healthier and the elk population decreased. It makes sense that people fear them. There is a lot of power in that.

-Potatoes- As a concept, potatoes are just a force to be reckoned with. They have ancestors who are poisonous, and yet they have become a staple in many diets (enough so to start a famine). And in popular culture, potatoes mean so much in diet and symbolism. We eat fries, chips, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, and generally value carbs. So it makes a lot of sense to me that we are having a kind of fry crisis. 

-Tuna- I don’t like tuna, but if we’re killing dolphins over it, I will actively hate it.

Project Update-

Last week I went with Janelle and Dustin to the area next to Merrick and we staked out a shape for the bioretention cell. It was a lot of fun to do. I also called Oak Brothers Farm and requested the native grasses and sedges that I had planned on, but to no avail. They did recommend I try Scioto Gardens, which didn’t have exactly what I wanted, but it’s nice to know I have options. We have a concept drawn out thanks to Dustin!!

Bioretention Cell Sideview Braden.jpg

Environmental News-

A tree canopy on Pearland’s Main Street? That’s what this project will provide

They are planting a lot of trees in Pearland, Texas. A city just outside of Houston, Pearland has been expanding a lot in the past couple of years, with land increases on their main street and new sewers and lights installed too. The multimillion dollar project will beautify the area, while providing some fresh air too.

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