Posts Tagged With: New York

Ooh, Climate Change…

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Continuing on this idea of climate change, however, I would like to focus more on the policy side of things. Ethically speaking, climate change normally affects the people of poorer nations which remain without the means to address their issues. Unfortunately, the world’s richer nation’s putt their back to nations such as those because those issues have yet to effect us. Nations around the world are experiencing a lack of drinking water, and other everyday basics, because their government lacks the means to do anything about it, whereas our country walks into other nations and bottles up their water, taking away their natural rights.

In The New York Times article “Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security,” warning the world what would happen due to warming the planet, thus needing programs to help those unfortunate nations that lack any means necessary to protect themselves, and their populations. In fact, it mentions how governments can fall because they lack any central programs to help out their people in times of need. Countries will fail, populations will move and eventually put stress on another part of the world. Yet, there are no stand out programs altering the course of climate change and its effects on smaller nations of the world. Instilling this idea of what is mine is mine and what is yours is yours. We are all innately selfish, not good.

“a growing number of policy makers say that the world’s rising temperatures, surging seas and melting glaciers are a direct threat to the national interest.”

Their is proof in the pudding, too bad there are people who are misunderstanding that cliché statement. With all this factual date emanating from daily evidence there is still people out there unconvinced about the prospect of climate change. Climate change is not happening, apparently. I just do not get it, you have the evidence and the proof… what else do people need? I mean just looking at the clean coal power ad makes me laugh, a lot. How can some people just be so ignorant about the facts. Chances are they are not even looking at the facts, especially of clean coal. Coal produces particulates, NOX and SOX amongst them, that are degrading and destroying our ozone, our forests, and our species. Why we should continue with coal? Ok, well maybe I am being a little to harsh. Yes, coal is abundant and we do need to become less reliant upon foreign fuel, but I do not think coal is the correct answer. Maybe for the short-term it is, but not for the long-term. Long term, we need to think about alternatives, renewables and new legislation and education for the masses about this potential solutions.

Potential solutions can definitely help our economy, especially now-a-days. Spending trillions of dollars on solutions will, in turn, create jobs and help stimulate the economy. Surging, the economy will reap the benefits due to the amount jobs that will be needed to maintain wind farms, solar farms, biofuel plant and etc.

We, high emitters need to change our ways, we need to stop putting poorer people in the way of the effects of climate change. It is cruel and wrong. We need to change, to become less selfish.

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Economics, Ecology Stylized.

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Homes, automobiles, movie theaters, broadway plays, masseur, universities, and the retail environment provide the good and service all Americans expect of society today. Today’s society is built upon this regiment of buying goods/services and then selling those goods/services to customers.

For example, my own ecological footprint starts off with what I consume everyday which mostly consists of chicken, vegetables, and some processed foods (whoops). Once in a while I will consumer beef or lamb, but not too often, and I never eat fish. Then it displays the influence I have on the environment based on my humble abode, which is approximately 3800-4000 square feet. Now, my home is not very green in the way of using alternative resources to supply our power needs. Supplying our needs is basic electricity which adds to my footprint. Finally, it accounts transportation, personal as well as public transportation. I am currently at school so traveling by car is not often the case, whereas taking public transit is more applicable to my current living situation. In total, I require around 5.1 Earths in order to sustain my lifestyle. In turn, this means that in order to survive I would need five Earth’s resources over the course of my lifetime in order to maintain my current lifestyle.

However, today customers are seeking a shift in the products/services they purchase, and customers want organic, home-grown products. Yet, people are not willing to pay the price for these types of products, and it makes one think… what would the price be with the inclusion of ecosystem services/externalities. What is this idea of ecological economics? Ecological economics refers to the idea of the co-evolution of our own economic systems and the natural ecosystems over a period of time.

First off, what are ecosystem services? Well ecosystem services are natural systems that provide free benefits for human-kind, like the purification of water and air/pollution, good conditions for growing food, weather moderation, and overall well-being for us humans.

Ok with that defined I want to jump into the first article, “Ecosystems Come to New York”. Overall, this article pushes for the idea of using natural systems, aka ecosystems By NYBG, Flickrand their services, to help purify/cleanse our water/air/anything else we pollute, because it is much cheaper and much better than our industrial replication. Thus, we need to spend money, less however when compared to the construction and maintenance of an industrial complex, to fix our local watersheds. Like attorney General Cuomo is allocating 7 million dollars to the Bronx river area to help clean, fix and maintain the watershed.

However, I am bit confused on that situation. Why is Cuomo giving 7 million dollars, was it a part of a case? Is 7 million dollars even enough? What is enough? When will all of it be delivered? Is it all for this area?

Next, the Biophilia article stresses the belief that everyone, from children to adults, need to be engaged, in some shape and form, with the natural environment.  The natural environment is where we humans feel best; it is where we become our optimal selves. Basically, we have deep-love, and connection, with nature. Therefore, we should be spending more time outside like the no child left inside suggests.

So is it possible to instill this idea in our culture, meaning can we include this idea in our schools, corporations, colleges, etc…? (high school recess sort of idea) Should there be laws that mandate outside sessions, or breaks?

The final article explains in great detail the effects of our wants and needs on the ecosystems of the world. Our world is telling us we need to find an answer, we need to protect our ecosystems; and since we caused these problems I’m pretty sure we should start finding the solutions. Just by reading the article and seeing all those staggering statistics broke my heart. I know that things like eutrophication and invasive species, loss of genetic/bio diversity, erosion, and etc. are all major problems of the environment but to read and see the graphs really did help to put things in perspective. For example, tons of world’s population is moving towards dryland; in fact, 2/3 of the them leave there. However, this dry land barely gets any waterfall/does not have much in the way of stored/underground water. Thus, water is shipped, soil is being degraded, and water in that area is being lost. These areas also need timber. So, timber is being shipped in from everywhere else. That means degradation to world’s forests.

Us humans need these systems and the author knows that, and the author suggest ways economically how we can go about that. How we can fix our mistakes, but we got to make sure that our mistakes do not happen again. Therefore we have to make sure to continue checking on our watersheds, and maintain them. Fix our mistakes is what we need to do, and viably, we can do it and honestly it could even help our bottom line.

This does pose some questions, like how far is too far? When will we stop? What can show Americans what is happening? Education could be a great tool, how can we use that tool? Maybe we can include this concept as a mandatory class in today’s high schools?

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Introductions are in Order…

Hi, let me introduce myself: my name is Connor Farrell and I am a Junior at Fordham College, at Rose Hill. I am a visual arts major, with a concentration in architecture with a minor in environmental policy. I grew up on Long Island, New York, in Sayville which is a town located in Suffolk county filled with tons of state parks, gardens, and wetlands; and growing up on Long Island was a great experience, and still is. I can remember spending hours in parks walking my dogs, laying out on the National Seashore, and exploring the wetlands of Nicoll Bay/Great River.

These explorations played a big role in creating the man I am today, because ever since I was young I have been surrounded by nature, and I cannot seem to escape. Escaping from nature is not an easy feat in the household I grew up in –mostly because my mother is professional landscaper and an avid gardener– thus, my life has been filled with greenery, plant talk, anti-pesticide talk, and a general-green-thumb-attitude. Proving to be enough persuasion for me, I started taking up an interest in protecting the environment globally and in my own backyard.

This interest, combined with my love for architecture, started to define me. Everywhere I went I would stare at building envisioning how I can improve it aesthetically and environmentally. I became obsessive.

In 2010, as I was awaiting to receive my high school diploma at graduation, I officially decided to major in visual arts, concentrating in architecture. However, I did not just want to become an architect, but a green architect. I love the environment and architecture, and both of which are parts of who I am today. I want to protect/change the Earth, one house or building at a time.

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