Planetary Challenge - Fall 2015

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by ABenRejeb on December 13, 2015
Migratory birds “[rely] on many different geographic locations throughout [their] annual cycle for food, rest and breeding” (par. 7). They require protection along each of these steps during their migration cycles. The issue discussed in “Few Migratory Birds Adequately Protected across Migration Cycle” is that not only this protection is not assured, it is not constant even if present. This is explained through the difference of environmental protection programs in different countries.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by atherrien on December 7, 2015
         The alarming decrease in vegetation in Pakistan’s deserts led the country’s government to institute the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, a series of measures specifically aimed at minimizing biodiversity’s ongoing loss. “By safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity,” Pakistan hopes to bring “close to zero the rate of loss of natural habitats,” a noble, ambitious target. The measures are mostly directed towards the protection of a variety of plants. The project also has a cultural depth, as 3,000 species of indigenous trees are covered by the laws.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by DGaudio on December 7, 2015
Biodiversity is “the resource upon which families, communities, nations and future generations depend. It is the link between all organisms on earth, binding each into an interdependent ecosystem, in which all species have their role. It is the web of life” (WWF). As humans we rely on certain resources such as water and air to keep up alive, although biodiversity is still a very important factor in our life which means that if there’s a biodiversity crisis that our health will be affected and/or in danger.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by DGaudio on December 7, 2015
Biodiversity is “the resource upon which families, communities, nations and future generations depend. It is the link between all organisms on earth, binding each into an interdependent ecosystem, in which all species have their role. It is the web of life” (WWF). As humans we rely on certain resources such as water and air to keep up alive, although biodiversity is still a very important factor in our life which means that if there’s a biodiversity crisis that our health will be affected and/or in danger.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by DGaudio on December 7, 2015
Overfishing is classified as fishing so much that the fish are unable to sustain population anymore. The main cause of overfishing is the equipment being used when fishing. In the article below it is said that fishing fleets are two to three times as large as needed to take present day catches of fish. On a global scale we have enough fishing capacity to cover at least four Earth like planets. Not only is overfishing bad for fish, it is bad for every other mammal that is in the food web.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by DGaudio on December 7, 2015
Climate change has already started to impact and transform life on earth which should be alarming to all of us human beings. We depend on the planet to give us resources such as water and air, although it seems that climate change can be affecting these resources in a negative way. Not only are our resources at risk, there are also plenty different species of wild life that are being endangered due to climate change. An example of a species of wild life that is beginning to become endangered is the polar bears.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by AKrauth-Ibarz on December 5, 2015
Original title: One of the Best Urban Development Sites in the Country to be Transformed into New Walkable Neighborhood in Center of Downtown Cleveland

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by A.Diodato on December 2, 2015
The guardian claims that sustainable development is a vague terminology being bent like a rubber band. At the moment cities are taking resources from outskirts and giving nothing back.  Natural resources continue to diminish because of cities’ increased energy and resource consumption.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by BBayliff on December 1, 2015
In the article “Just How Far Will Urban Sprawl Spread?” by Dave Levitan, he explains the impacts of explosive growth in the cities we live in. According to Levitan, “in 1990, 40% of the global population lived in cities, in 2010, we reached the 50% threshold, and the percentage is projected to jump all the way to 70% by 2050. The rapid Increase in population in cities will mean more cities, bigger cities, and of course more sprawl according to Levitan.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by coreyhoperusso on November 30, 2015
Human beings have become an increasingly powerful environmental force over the last 10000 years". Humans all together have changed the composition of the planets environment and atmosphere. We have made the land we live on suitable for our needs but neglected everything else that lived there before us. The amount of people on the planet has increased a lot during a short period time and most of the population is moving from the suburban areas into more urban areas. It causes a conflict because it makes places more crowded and makes living for wild life impossible since it is taken over by humans. This problem of more people moving to urban areas cause the demand for expansion in certain regions which means more conduction and less area for animals to live. The increase in population in urban areas is due to the fact that immigration has increased and the people who migrate to the urban area bring up the fertility rate in this region. People migrate to urban areas mainly due to the job opportunities available to them, more school and services like health care and entertainment are a lot more accessible that in rural areas. The environmental effects of urbanization are a serious matter because the people use too many resources within that area which leads to more waste and pollution and makes the quality of life poorer for people. This means that they are more prone to sickness and disease. “In china during the 1970's, the urban populations consumed more than twice as much pork as the rural populations who were rising the pigs”. Since people in rural areas tend to grow and raises their own food it leads to a healthier diet and therefore healthier people but, the urban population tends to have a poor diet which usually consistent mainly of fast food since its more convenient for people to find a restaurant nearby in the city. Moreover, the urban population is more likely to have more electronic goods and a higher quantity of them then people in rural Ares. This means that in urban areas we consume more energy than we really need just because of how easy it is to get a television or even 5 televisions in these areas as a pose to rural areas where cars and electronics are less popular to have. Urbanization also effects global warming due to the amount of Co2 and fossil fuels we use every day to sustain those kind of living conditions. This also causes more air pollution less snow fall because of the heating of that area. Intern, many of these unhealthy living conditions can cause serious health issues in these regions ad increase the is of infections and illness and the chance of it happening to a denser population. Overall urbanization is not good at all in terms of the planet and its longevity because it takes a lot of energy to maintain the services and to keep up with the demand of the growing population which leads to the use of more carbon emission and fossil fuels being used. Urbanization: An Environmental Force to Be Reckoned With. (n.d.). Retrieved November 27, 2015, from http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2004/UrbanizationAnEnvironmenta...

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by SRZaouali on November 27, 2015
          In the article “Urban 'Heat Island' Effect is Only a Small Contributor to Global Warming, and White Roofs Don't Help to Solve the Problem, say Stanford Researchers” by Louis Bergeron, the author presents a new perspective to urban development. The purpose of this article is to establish a relation between urban heat islands and global warming. Based on new scientific researches done by Mark Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering who led the study, it was found that urban heat islands only had a minor impact on the overall global warming.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by ldesroches on November 27, 2015
New Delhi’s ministry of urban development are presently developing a new project based on the principle of the “Smart City”1.  This project, which will touch 25 cities in India, has for objective to enhance the energy supply and its infrastructure. Plus, “at the Smart City Proposal Enhancement Workshop, the ministries of petroleum and natural gas, power, new and renewable energy and department of electronics and information technology made detailed presentations on various schemes that could be converged under smart city development for better results” (Sharma, 2015, para. 3).

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by MVillanueva on November 27, 2015
The article UN officials say good urban design key to ensuring sustainable, inclusive cities emphasizes, as the title suggests, the major role of urban design while building sustainable, socially integrated and prosperous cities. According to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of United Nations, good designs can help to reduce climate change and make cities safer and cleaner. Furthermore, Mr. Ban said that a New Urban Agenda is being discussed in order to inforce urbanization designs for common good.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by katelynncoull on November 27, 2015
"Half of the global population already lives in cities, and by 2050 two-thirds of the world's people are expected to live in urban areas" (Leen)says the National Geographic. When one thinks about how crowded our cities are now, its hard to imagone how bad itll be in 2015. In the National Geographic article called "Urban Threats" the threats and possible solutions of urban development. Not only does this list the environmental impacts but the social impacts such as poverty.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by KLefebvre on November 27, 2015
In the radio interview analysis on BBC News diffused on November 20th, 2008 Mukul Devichand looked at urban development of London, Delhi and Mumbai. He contrasted cities across the planet to understand why cities are repeating the same odd choices and architectural model. He came to the conclusion that “cities are competing for economic supremacy and globalised services” (Devichand, 2008 para 3).

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by MLeung on November 27, 2015
Andrew O’Connor’s article on ABC reports about a new law to help protect endangered animals. A new biodiversity law has been presented to Western Australia’s parliament with the assurance of protecting endangered species and habitats. Environment Minister, Albert Jacob, says the law will help protect biodiversity in WA’s South West, a recognizable threaten area.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by epelletier2 on November 27, 2015
The article "How Cities Around the World will Sprawl in the Next 20 Years" published in The Washington Post by Brad Plumer presents the consequences of the urban development that will happen by 2030.   Plumer begins by giving statistics about the percentage of the population living in urban areas, including the United State with 82%.  He then proceeds to state some information given in a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  This paper claims that the amount of urban land will considerably increase by 2030 and could have impacts on the Earth environment, as

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by THuang on November 27, 2015
              The news article "Sustainable urban development: it's time cities give back", written by Fiona Woo, questions whether architects, building investors and urban planners should keep constructing edifices with sustainable urban development in mind.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Mdavid on November 27, 2015
 The April 21st 2015 article ‘The Future of Cities: Crowdfunding can tackle urban density & issues of inequality simultaneously’ by Rodrigo Niño focuses on the how a different way of financing is needed to support projects related to the rapid growth of urban areas.  The main idea of this article is that traditional financing for urban development is insufficient and a new way called crowdfunding is needed.  

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1 year 9 months ago

Hello OldElPaso_MuchoFunTonight

First off I would like to applaud you for you alias it is simply amazing.

Now to the subject at hand, I appreciate that you took the time to address an issue that hits close to home. Given that this effect the quality of the water we all consume I think it is very important that we gain an understanding of what is going on around us.That being said I also disagree with all the commotion that is being stirred up in respect to Nestle and their contracts. what people have to take into account is the economic standing having Nestle present has.The packing facility generates lots of jobs and provides a service to the people. Therefore, even though this has negative environmental outcomes it can be argued that the social/economic outcomes are more beneficial.

1 year 9 months ago

Hi, I really liked your article! Not only is the topic relevant, it helps bring awareness to the Aboriginal peoples needs and where conflicts may arise. One thing you mentioned that really struck me was 'Humans cannot drink oil'. Now I know that's fairly obvious but, in today's economy and society we act as if oil is as vital to our survival as water is. The fact that this conflict is even occurring shows that, to some extent, it is. The extent of oppositions governments face to pipelines is not something that should be overlooked and yet, governments continue to act like the people who are affected by these developments are non-existent.
With that being said, you mentioned that First Nation support is also possible for certain developments. We know there's a duty to consult Indigenous people prior to any development but for the most part, does it really matter whether they support the development or not, seeing as how the government often times chooses the path that's most beneficial to their economy vs. the people. However, that doesn't mean that Indigenous people should be passive about this by any means. I think that the peaceful protests occurring at this moment are necessary and vital. Things would change tremendously if Aboriginal people were treated with the same significance as economic development was given.

1 year 10 months ago

I highly agree with the view that there needs to be a more empowering stance in respect to educating children on the options that they have in life. I find it interesting that the STEM is aiming to challenge gender norms and create a strong independent new generation. My question for you is do you personally feel that the toy you and your peers played with as a child affected your current view on you socially role?

1 year 10 months ago

Hi there,
Your article did a really good job at conveying the discontent many people may feel by being an onlooker or observer of a different culture. You're also right to say that you wouldn't want to travel somewhere where racism is so prevalent and acted upon and your tone shows your general disgust with this misconduct. Racism in today's society is a touchy topic for many people so I'm glad you brought this up. In South Asian communities, there is a degree of colorism that is prevalent and is not something to be proud of. However, I may even go as far to say that Asian communities, Black communities, etc., also have varying degrees of colorism. All this shows is that the problem lies not only within the community but, within society in general.

Unfortunately, it isn't something that can be resolved overnight since a lot of these behaviours have been ingrained in societies since colonization. I think education could be one way out of many to address these issues of prejudice.

1 year 10 months ago

Hi Leo,
I found your post to be insightful and entertaining! Your passion and knowledge on the issue of ocean acidification is conveyed clearly and I think it could even be a source of motivation to the audience to make more environmentally conscious choices. For example, the amount of shellfish consumed by people in America alone is quite significant and even though some people don’t consume any shellfish that doesn’t stop them from being negatively impacted by other creatures. Thus, even though not everyone directly contributes to the issue that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care about it!

In that way, society carries quite an anthropocentric view about the environment, which could result not only in degradation but in rehabilitation of the environment as well. As you mentioned, there are numerous practical ways we can reduce our fossil fuel emissions however, that may not be enough. There should be a deeper systemic shift in how we view and value the environment and it’s attributes. Realizing the environment has intrinsic value, regardless of the things it provides for us, would result in more stringent environmental laws and regulations. Furthermore, people should be making environmentally friendly choices simply because it’s the right thing to do and the alternative is not a viable option when considering the environmental and social impacts.
You did a really good job on this topic and I found it to be really informative and educational.

Leeann

1 year 11 months ago

Hey, I found your post really engaging and I feel a lot of the contempt and mistrust as you do regarding the issue of air pollution. First Nations have been overlooked for so long that there has to be a fundamental shift in Government and First Nations relations. It would seem like common sense to stop any activity that has so many negative impacts, but for economic reasons it continues which still does not justify it. You're right about the media playing a vital role in influencing people's values, which can be both a blessing and a curse.

1 year 11 months ago

I really enjoyed reading your post! You made a lot of great points. As someone who has a passion for sustainable architecture it really is a shame that more houses aren't utilizing energy as efficiently as they could. There may be the perception that people would have to make some trade-offs in order to obtain this efficiency, however that's not always the case. Incentivizing energy is a good starting point but maybe people need personal motivations as well to make the shift.

1 year 11 months ago

I really enjoyed reading your post! You made a lot of great points. As someone who has a passion for sustainable architecture it really is a shame that more houses aren't utilizing energy as efficiently as they could. There may be the perception that people would have to make some trade-offs in order to obtain this efficiency, however that's not always the case. Incentivizing energy is a good starting point but maybe people need personal motivations as well to make the shift.

1 year 11 months ago

Hello Jacob

Thank you for your insight on the gender inequality in the workforce in respect to wage. I also would like to thank you for your acknowledgment of how males no matter how empathetic cannot truly understand this gender inequality. I agree with your statement argument that there is an issue when women enter the workforce. As you also stated ““around 42-43% of women believe that their gender would have no effect on their future employment and only 42% believed that their gender would not effect the progression of their chosen career”” this shows that there are more individual concerned for their future job security. I personally am a female who works seasonally as a labor on a golf course and I personally have felt this gender inequality. I make less than most of my male colleges even though I have been there longer and have more training. Therefore as a person who has personally experienced wage inequality first hand I once again would like to thank you for your opinions. I would also like to ask if you can think of any ways to help amend this issue.

Andi

2 years 5 months ago

Yes, the media has enormous impacts on people’s interpretations and opinions. I believe that it impacts especially issues such as terrorism and war. The influence of medias on terrorism and war is due to the fact that these issues are controversial and not well understood by the majority. Since the media is most citizens’ primary source of information, people forge their opinion based on the information and interpretations presented by it. Unfortunately, as it is explained in the documentary, some information is falsified or modified to be used as a tool for propaganda. However, I think that in situations such as the war in Iraq, the media was also somehow manipulated. The Secretary of State of the United States, Collin Powell, made a presentation to the United Nations to prove that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. It is difficult for the media to question the validity of the information presented by the American Government since it has a high position of authority. No one would have doubted that the Secretary of State of the United States was presenting false information. In other words, the media sometimes divulges false information without necessarily being aware of it.

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