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Permaculture Gardening

The purpose of permaculture gardening is to produce the most growth and product for the least amount of effort. That’s what I was told at least at the permaculture gardening club gardening party by a student that was leading the group in pursuit of a certificate that psu gives to students that fulfill its requirements in permaculture gardening. Permaculture garden has many attractive and creative designs that you may have seen. There is a student run garden in-between Neuberger hall and The Smith Center. Some of the designs there include the keyhole garden a horse shoe shaped garden that allows you to access everything planted in it from the center, as well as a herb spiral an impressive rock and dirt spiral structure that had herbs and strawberries planted in it and they also have 3 raised bed gardens wood boxes that allow you to build soil up off the level ground about 6 inches. We spent our time pruning lemon balm in the herb spiral, aerating and adding compost to the soil in the raised beds and planting several things in them, including spring greens, lettuce, radishes, carrots and beets. It was very fun and I would recommend the club to anyone who likes to garden. Here I am pruning lemon balm

Logan Taylor

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we are losing 137 plant, insects species every day according to experts. Why? Most rain forests are disappearing because of bulldozers, chainsaws and fires for its timber value. Is it really worth killing off species to make a dollar? There has to be a better way for our society to create the items that come from destroying the rain forests. This article has a lot of really interesting facts about the rainforests and how destroying it is affecting all of us.

~Cody Males

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Water companies

I thought that it was interesting that we talked about privatization of water with concentration on bottling companies. I think that the water that we get straight from our faucet should be addressed, most of us have water bills that are either billed separate or included in our other bills. I think that it is really important that we realize how companies that treat our water and provide us with water, could potentially be owned by and employing people like us. Here is an article that shows some of the things that companies managing our water have tried to do to be more sustainable.

Logan Taylor

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The Cove Movie Trailer

I can say that I have never seen anything like this video. It is about people in Denmark, and once a year they herd up as many Whales and Dolphins as they can to slaughter. This has been a tradition for the people of Faroe Islands since the tenth century. If you think about it, hunting Whales and Dolphins with a canoe is a hell of a lot different than herding them up with power boats. I feel that tradition isn’t a strong enough reason to slaughter as many Whales and Dolphins as they, and the manner they do it in.
This movie is really graphic and you might not want to watch it.

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Flammable Water

The sight of flammable drinking water is affecting a Colorado couple. The couple says that a nearby natural gas well has been leaking into their drinking water well. This is causing their drinking water to be flammable. Stories like this one are on the rise as water becomes increasingly polluted. This event should bring light to the United States drinking water problem. The problem is that as companies pollute the environment around them, they also end up polluting a valuable resource, water. A resource so valuable we can’t live without it, yet we continue our progress towards polluting our nations water supplies.

Sam G.

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Raising Awareness of Water Privatization

The possibility of raising awareness about water privatization was brought up as we discussed options for next term’s project.  I would be interested in doing some volunteer work, or creating a campaign to draw more attention to this subject in the Portland area.  It is not ethical for companies such as Nestle to be taking the world’s water and selling it back to people who should have access to clean free water anyways.  These types of companies are weakening the water quality and leaving millions of people with a contaminated water source.  A point was brought up about a future possibility to sell air in a plastic bottle, since that is essentially how many people chose to consume their water… in a plastic bottle.  If we could create a campaign of some sort around this topic, I think that would be fun and make a difference around the PSU campus.  We could even start a petition to ban the sale of water bottles on campus, and somehow get more hydration stations around.  A fundraiser could help complete that goal.

-Erica Nickerson

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Coral Castastrophe

Coral reefs, not only a home for hundreds of organisms living symbionicaly, but also essential to the safety of our oceans. Coral reefs are extremely sensitive organisms that are affected by temperature, pH, and the fishing and harvesting by humans. Coral reefs have been killed and used for centuries for bathing and now in fish aquariums. Because coral reefs are located toward the surface of the ocean near to land, they are especially important to echinoderms, molluscs and over 25% of the ocean’s fish.

But how do these coral reefs relate to the world of sustainability? Coral reefs are built when the polyp absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and water and produces a hard outer shell, calcium carbonate. When these coral reefs are destroid by humans or parrotfish, the carbon dioxide is then released back into the oceans.

Another reason coral reefs are inportant to the study of sustainability is because they are so sensitive to the temperature of the water. As the oceans started to heat up due to the accumilation of greenhouse gasses, the coral reefs started to die. Errosion of the beaches causes sand and algea to cover the coral reefs and stop the absorbance of carbon dioxide and kill the reefs as well.

-Tanner Kewley

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Sustainable future? If not now… when?

I’m not sure if anyone has posted a blog about this already… as there should be close to 200 blog posts from 1st term alone…

But! Here it goes…

A sustainable future is what we are striving to achieve and a great place to go to learn about what we can do is here. This site is a great resource to use in our venture to a better planet and a sustainable future. A ton of the stuff we have learned about regarding population growth and renewable energy sources. Check it out!

-Eric Gietzen

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