Saturday, September 24, 2016

9/20 Diverse Voices Lecture

In Sudha's lecture, she descriptively explained the role of environmental justice in Seattle, Washington. Like many other major cities, the discrepancy between where people of low socioeconomic status live and where the wealthy do is huge, and brings to light some serious environmental inequality. In Seattle, areas of high poverty often contain much higher levels of pollution in the atmosphere and in their water. Unsurprisingly, the majority of the people here are people of color, and this is partly due to the extremely large income gap found in the city. Sudha's job is to come together with community leaders who represent people from all over the metro, and figure out the real problems the people are facing, and make them aware to everyone. The official environmental leaders in our country are often apart of the wealthy white class. Sudha want to makes these problems more accessible to the general public, especially when many of the problems trying to be fixed are affecting them the most - the most effective solutions will not be found if these voices are not heard.

9/13 Diverse Voices Lecture

Carbon offsets are incentives for companies to lower their carbon emissions, and in turn help fund their projects and other energy-sustainable practices. That being said, one of the major issues with this idea is that companies spend their offsets elsewhere and continue to be unsustainable - regardless of being more expensive. If I was a senator of California, I would work on trying to create the most ethical project possible, while keeping California at the top of the world in terms of sustainability. While this project may be very efficient for the government to implement, only large corporations have a say in what is happening, leaving the general public out of loop. Additionally, nothing is being done to relieve areas of California with high pollution (usually people in poverty), and the areas that need the cleaning up the least are getting it. I don't believe the bill that requires California to lower their emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 is feasible, because the state is still debating on a method that would be most effective to achieve this. The REDD offsets program has received lots of backlash from the public, keeping it from its full effectiveness - when the public does not agree, it is very difficult to make progress with something.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

09/20 Lecture Diverse Voice

Today's speaker is Sudha Nandagopal who is the new program manager for Seattle's environmental justice initiative. From the lecture, I learned more about the goals of the initiative and the presence of environmental injustice throughout the country. The three goals of the Equity and Environmental initiative are that all people and communities benefit from Seattle's environmental progress; that communities most impacted by environmental injustice are engaged in setting environmental priorities, designing strategies, and tracking environmental progress; and that people of color, immigrants and refugees, people with low incomes, and limited English proficiency individuals have opportunities to be part of, and leaders, in this movement. According to Sudha, in order to gather all the people impacted by environmental injustice, they must make them trust the government and their leader. They must take part in all the environmental projects and make a change. Without their help, then the movement will not be successful. I am glad to see that there is such a strong project happening from the opposite side of Connecticut, all the way at Washington.

09/13 Diverse Voice Lecture

REDD stands for Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degradation. It is an international offset project that claims to preserve forests in tropical countries. From the lecture and the articles, I believe that REDD should be kept out of California. California's top offset buyers are the state's most profitable oil companies and big corporations. They will not make emissions reductions on site, which will only threaten California's most vulnerable communities. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable communities consist of 62% people of color compared to 38% of whites. REDD also gives governments an opportunity to control and profit off of indigenous people's forests. These indigenous people will not be able to continue their cultural practices. There will definitely be violence and fights over the territory. Lastly, REDD clearly will not result in less emissions. Even when a government pledges to "avoid deforestation," it can turn around and cut down that same forest. REDD will not benefit California at all.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Collecting the Silversides

Ashley Ceravone
Environmental Leaders

On Mnday, July 18th, the Environmental Leaders set out to complete part two of our experiment: collecting fish samples.
We made our way out to the Quinnipiac River, meeting up with Zosia and Lynne, to collect 10 Juvenile Silverside fish.  But, before collecting any samples, we had to record the water temperature, oxygen levels, and salinity.  Then, we finally were able to suit up and head into the water.  With multiple attempts and no fish caught, we tried a third time and finally caught a vast amount of Silversides.
Once we were done, we packed up and head to the other side of the river to repeat the same process, but this time being more successful than the first stop.  And lastly, the team made our way to Long Wharf to collect samples.  This time, I took a break from recording data, and joined the team in the water.  In less then no time, I managed to trip and fall in the water.  But other than my wet clothes, the experience was one I wont forget.

july 21 Aisha Sharhan

On Monday the 18th we went fishing for silverside fish. At first it was we didn't catch anything but shrimp which was really cool. Me along with the other environment leaders wear wafers and went in the water of the Quinnipac river and long wharf. We entered the water with a beach seine that had a thicker each in the middle to collect the juvenile fish. It was really interesting and fun to see how we caught the fish and how they looked, also the experience of going in to the water. The rolling day on Tuesday the 19th Ivette brought her boss in,rick, to talk to us. he was very energetic and interesting to listen to. Yesterday on Thursday the 20th we had two guest speakers come in and talk to us about GIS and how to map the sites that we placed the poles and collected the silverside fish. That was a really cool experiene and now i know how to GIS and I'm glad the guest speakers had the time to come into our class and teach us about how to do that.

July 21st Dante

On Monday July 18th Me, Aisha, Ashley, Lynne, Jesus, and Zosha went fishing in the Quinnipac river in hopes of finding Atlantic silverside to test for mercury accumulation in the fish. We caught a lot of shrimp at first but as time went on we became much more efficient at catching Atlantic silversides with our huge beach seine nets. The following day our content leader Ivette Lopez not only introduced us to what she does at the USFWLS but also to her charismatic boss Rick who gave us insightful tips on his job,birds,and how important it is to treat the environment with respect. Yesterday we had two librarians (Miriam and Carla) teach us how to properly research for information that is accurate. Also we learned what GIS was and how essential it can be in the next few years.