Sunday, March 28, 2010

Another view on a pressing topic....Overpopulation

Many people are lead to believe that overpopulation and our world are the least of our worries. But can this be true? Here is an article written in the view point that "overpopulation is not a problem."

Many people that believe that overpopulation is a myth tend to side with the fact that the Earth is big and we can inhabit all those once considered uninhabitable sites. For example I was reading an article today that said "we can colonize the deserts, and highlands," and it would be "primarily a matter of air conditioning/heating and water sources, which can also be used to grow abundant plant life." But was this outcry of overpopulation ever a matter of "not enough room." Or have we always known we've had enough space?

IN our fight to save the Earth some people say that "Overpopulation is not the problem," but surely global warming is not positioned solely on the back of overpopulation many problems play into the factor of overpopulation, where do you stand? What are your ideas on this subject?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Overpopulation and the Environment

The human population of the world has a huge effect on the environment. Yet this topic tends to be pushed aside when it comes around. The topic of population control is a sensitive subject; but should we be paying more attention to the forever rising population of the world?

The people of China have a one-child policy so they do not become even more crowded. Is this tactic working, or is it a waste of time? China claims they have prevented 250 million births since 2000. This policy has forced a lot of abortions, but when a poll was taken in 2008 76% of China's people supported the policy.

I recently read an article on this subject and came across a statement by Professor Guillebaud.

"It is the elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about" Professor Guillebaud said. "Unless we reduce the human population humanely through family planning, nature will do it for us through violence, epidemics or starvation."

Besides more people means more garbage, pollution, causing rising temperatures, global warming, and less resources for the rest of us....right?

What do you think of this topic? Do you agree with this side of the story, or do you favor the side that states that overpopulation is no big problem? Please comment and express your feelings. I will be posting a counter-argument to this article within the next week so enjoy!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

2010 Vancouver Olympics goin' GREEN!

The Olympics in Vancouver are said to be the most eco-friendly ever, considering the fact that they are using their great imaginations to come up with some very creative ways to help mother Earth, as well as inspiring others to follow in their very desirable (low carbon ; ] ) foot prints.
The Olympic torch is a great symbol in the Olympics, previewing for what is to come in the opening ceremony, Vancouver's Olympic torch was truly what we'd call "green". According to, 90% of the torch was made out of recyclable materials, as well as reducing the average amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere during the usual Olympics.
Say "yay" to the 2010 Olympics because that is not where the "mother Earth approved" changes end.

Electric Zambonis are used to clean off the ice

Public transit is free if you own a ticket to an event that day
The excess heat given off by the ice refrigeration systems is used to heat nearby buildings

The Richmond Olympic oval has a roof which collects rainwater and uses it to help flush toilets in the building and water nearby trees

Instead of using generators they use hydro-electric power for their energy needs

And last but certainly not least I present you with what I describe as one of the most creative ways to save the environment; those Olympic medals you see the athletes win, well have you ever wondered what they were made of? Yeah duh, gold, silver, and bronze, but have you ever asked yourself "where did they get all of that metal?" Well this year's 2010 Olympics got there metal from melted down circuit boards!

Congratulations to all of the Olympic athletes, and the very creative crew behind the scenes that made this eco-friendly Olympics possible!