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Friday, February 22nd, 2013 | Author:
An American alligator and a Burmese python struggle to prevail in Everglades National Park. Pythons have been known to kill and eat alligators in the park.Photo by Lori Oberhofer, National Park Service.

An American alligator and a Burmese python struggle to prevail in Everglades National Park. Pythons have been known to kill and eat alligators in the park.
Photo by Lori Oberhofer, National Park Service.

Photo Link to National Geographic


We have learned so much over the past years about the environment and our effects on it.  We need it to survive, but yet there are so many people that feel it is more of a problem that gets in the way of the future than actually being our future.  While reading Resilience Thinking I read the thought that author James Carlos Blake had about the everglades, which was ” If the Devil ever raised a garden, the Everglades was it,”   Such a sad mindset I thought.   I find a place that holds so much diversity to be beautiful and peaceful, even if the bugs that are produced there irritate me.  The population is rising, while animals are declining and so is our wetlands and forests that we need to keep the environment in balance.   I am glad that they realized the problems that came along with destroying wetlands and that things have been put into place to now protect them.   We talked about CERP, which having a parent that lived in Florida for a while, I had only briefly heard of before.  Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, has a website for all to visit and learn more about what is going on and how you can help.  We also talked about how more phosphorous is in the area there and pushing the saw-grass out and growing cattails.  Changing the main vegetation can in turn change the animal life, which can be devastating.  I thought about other invasive species in the Everglades and  “of the known and thriving invasive animal species introduced into south Florida, four are amphibians, 32 are fish, 12 are birds, 46 are reptiles, 17 are mammals, and approximately 79 are invertebrates, according to the South Florida Water Management District. One high-profile example in the Everglades is the Burmese python. ” ( I also found more detailed information of invasive species now present in the everglades.  A lot more than I had even thought.  Resiliency is for people, animals, ecosystems and is the ability to bounce back to original state after a disturbance, and I as I am thinking of the Everglades, its unclear if it can bounce back.  It has not been completely changed yet, but still isn’t what is was, and is continuing to change.

-Terra S



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Friday, February 15th, 2013 | Author:

Its a little hard to see i think but the black on here are ladders, and two people trying to get the pieces back


Last week was my turn to write blog posts, but I have been thinking more about the National Park, and realized that it is already protected, being that its a National Park… but yet since the discovery of oil, potential money for Ecuador government, it is being threatened.  There aren’t any doubts that this particular area is one of the absolute most biodiversified areas on Earth, and keeping our Earth “balanced”, as much as it can.  Not only does oil being brought up out of the soil hurt the ground, they have to cut down the trees, which is harmful for everyone.  Yes, deforestation can lead to desertification, soil erosion, and then to toxins, salinization, change in regional and then global climate. It also effects our atmosphere greatly from removing our oxygen… well not removing it but not producing it.  The plants around the world keep us alive!  It is pathetic to me that everything in our world now comes down to money, money which is a man made thing, that does not have actual meaning in the eyes of our planet.  I know that kids movies are meant to entertain, but they aren’t so far fetched in some cases.  Some people are just now learning about deforestation and problems with our environment, and many still deny that there is anything wrong!!  How can they be so blind?  Unfortunatly, the ones that I know personally that do not feel that there is a problem, are people that can afford two or three of my houses, and pay other people low rates to do “dirty” work.  If they only thought about what they learned of photosynthesis, and thought about how they are going to have no air to breathe one day.  Sicknesses, asthma on the rise, and selfishness has grown exponentially. I just watched a video that was in this article, and it was great.  I honestly didn’t think about it, but America hasn’t even really paid fully for the oil spill that they are still cleaning up I believe in Ecuador, and how did they find that there was that much oil there in the park- oh thats right, they have already done some forest clearing.  Does anyone else remember watching FernGully, the Last Rainforest, as a kid??  Or reading the book by Diana Young?  That was in 1992.  How about The LORAX, that was originally written and published in 1971!  Some people feel that environmental issues are a “new” thing, but that simply is not true.   – Terra S

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Saturday, February 09th, 2013 | Author:



this was for 2005, and i”m sure its changed by now, but I liked how it presented the information.

I missed some of the class time talking about the second case study of Brazil.  But what I did get to hear and be apart of was finding out about the rainforest being a part of what we may term “blackmail”  I can understand where they are coming from in asking for money so they don’t use the “reserve” under the rain forest, but whats stopping all the other oil reserve places to stop their supply and hold it ransom?  Its really unfortunate that we all the share the same planet, but are so very selfish. But I feel that the selfishness is coming from a base of fear, survival.  It is hard to know that the world is demanding oil, and that if you tap into it and sell it, your country would much better off, have much more money, but then you would damage the rain forest, kill of species, and probably do irreversible damage in the end to the planet itself.  The people want to keep the forest the way it is, and improve it a little bit, not destroy it.  Once again, it all comes down to money, which is a made up thing anyway!  Peoples first question for things sometimes is “how much can i get for it”?  It has always made me sad to think of people who do not have a home, or food while others are living in billion dollar homes with all the luxuries and more.  I have also wondered, who would I be if I had all that money?  What would I do and would I be the person that I am today and want to give give give?

But should we be apart of the blackmail on the rain forest?  I think its more of the uncertainty that lies behind it all right now, like how do we know what the money will actually be used for, how long will they not hurt the reserve, whats stopping them from asking for more… and I’m thinking that if others who are providing oil right now think about it, they would decide not to stop the supply and ask for money ,but just up the price a lot.  I know that the other day I was set on not giving in to supplying them money, but I feel that once it came down to it really I might actually do it, if all questions had answers and laws were set into place. Also, no one wants to give money without knowing that it will actually be used responsibly.  I would like to see them (and everywhere) implement more renewable resources.

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Saturday, February 09th, 2013 | Author:

We have recently been talking about the collapse of civilizations and and environmental degredation, reviewing those mistakes that were made in the past to try and prevent it from happening in the future.  Right now however, we are seeing similar patterns in places and are maybe unable to to stop it.  It was somewhat obvious that the people of the soviet union at the time never thought too deeply about the consequences of diverting the river water, the supply for the sea.  It wasn’t too long after that they saw the effects and people today are trying hard to reverse those effects.  That poor sea (Lake) is less than half the size it originally was, and now is more salty.  Unfortunately to fix the problem there would be a great need of an excess of money, of which the people do not have.  Besides the money, the way that would probably fix the issue the best would be to divert the rivers back to that area, which would cause trouble for the people still using the rivers.  But also, the lake wouldn’t be brought back the exact same because the land there has already changed so much, they don’t really know what would happen.  Some people feel that a solution could be to just move the people that are still living there, whose families used to survive on the sea, but moving people just doesn’t solve anything at all.  For when the areas that those people move to become over crowded, and the sea is gone, where are the people going to extend to?  Not only that, but the populations are growing too much as it is, the resources everywhere are being depleted, just moving the people to an already populated area would just make use the resources there quicker.  I even really worried about the toxic winds that are blowing around. It has been proven that the dust and chemicals travel much further than we had ever thought about before.  I found a “foundation” website for the Aral

Desert plant that helps keep the sand and chemicals from blowing around

Desert plant that helps keep the sand and chemicals from blowing around

sea, i’m sure its not the only one, and as much as I would like to help out, there are today just too many places that need the help I can’t give.  The vegetation that they can grow there can help keep the dust from spreading around more, but I don’t feel it is a solution that is actually fixing the bigger issue.  But sometimes small steps are all we can take.

Aral Sea foundation site.

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