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Boredom

This is a new post on boredom. The question being asked is boredom going to cause trouble.I personally think it does not always lead to trouble.

 

In the article “Is boredom bad “ by Steve Taffee he states that boredom in small doses is not exactly a bad thing. Boredom and being constantly stimulated by something can both be bad things if it happens too much on either side. Boredom can be used to collect thoughts or to meditate on the day. the problem with boredom is when it happens more than it should. This is when  being bored can lead someone into trouble. So boredom is not always going to get someone into trouble if they know how to use it.

 

Alex

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Sports Green

This is a response to the article “Sports Rally Around Green Projects” by: Ken Belson which first appeared in the New York Times. This article is about how sports teams are starting to go green by revamping their stadiums to being green. The Arizona Diamondbacks have recently put a solar panel canopy over their chase field. Even hockey teams are jumping on the green savings. For example the NJ Devils have installed dehumidifiers to keep the ice on the rink up to code.

 

I personally like sports teams and stadiums to start going green. They use so much energy, if solar panels and recycling bins offset this a little bit it sounds good to me.  Sports is huge in every country with die-hard fans that would follow their team to the ends of the earth and back. so if that team promotes the green movement then maybe the fans will follow. This is another way going green can snowball into something huge.

 

Alex

How am I Significant?

This is a response to the article “Why Bother” by Michael Pollan which appeared in the New York Times. In this article he asks the simple question “Why Bother”, and what am i alone going to do to change this world with my going green.  He states that you alone against the world may not do the amount that’s needed to save the earth but your actions could have someone else go green as well with their actions. And with that chain reaction the world could snowball into going green.

 

I think that this is the reason to go green on a single person level. You probably can’t do a whole lot by yourself to change the world, but if everyone does the same thing then going green could have a huge effect on co2 and global warming and ice caps and all of that. He talks about making your own garden and providing for yourself. I think that is a great idea and more people should have a garden for themselves. you may actually have a neighbor or their kid that one day could make a difference. So why not try to make some of your own food and maybe make a difference.

 

Alex

This is a response to the article seen in Time Magazine called “The Coming U.S.- China Solar War” by Bryan Walsh. This article states that recently China is starting to undermine the U.S. solar panel industry. China is able to make panels cheaper so they can sell them cheaper here. It is also believed that China is boosting its sales and that is not fair to other panel manufacturers.  It is possible for these panels to be taxed heavily to preserve the industry here in the U.S.  The only fear of this is that taking the cheap panels and taxing them will make the growing solar energy switch in the states take longer from the price of it.  

This could be a big issue. I’m a proponent of made in America and think that there should more thing made here. The only problem would be the fact of how expensive everything would be. Which is the basic premise of the article. If the cheap solar panels were taxed to be equal price to the expensive ones, it would close the market on them and who could buy them. I think solar and wind energy are very useful alternatives that were used in the past and should be big sources in the future. Getting there is the big question however. More people need to look at everyone, not just themselves.

 

 

Alex

In the article “Going, Going, Green” by Eviana Hartman from The Washington Post is an article about 12 different ways people are going green.  The mini articles are on things like biofuels and plastics made from plants. Some of them sound like they’re meant for the public and could really take off and help the world. others are less broad and are specific companies  doing green things.

This article is extremely helpful to someone who is just learning about going green. A greatest hits of green practices if you will. One i liked most was the trees made from plants. This makes the plastic biodegradable which is nice for landfills and people who for some reason don’t throw trash away. Another cool thing is Cradle to Cradle. This is making products kinda like nature makes products, nothing is wasted. So things made out of metal can be re-used and fabrics are biodegradable. These ideas could realy change the world.

 

Alex

The Fear Inside

shows what part of the brain is in charge ofIn the article “Searching the Brain for the Roots of Fear” by Joseph Ledoux, he talks about fear and where it is believed to be in the brain. Every animal feels fear.  Anxiety is a after effect of fear. Its like the fear of being scared.  This is much greater in humans.  This article then describes the difference between anxiety and fear.

This article is very true. You can see it in your own life so it makes it easy to connect to it.  When i was in social psych class there was an entire unit on fear and anxiety in nature.  Animals don’t only work like this in fear they can also be trained to do things with this principle. If a fear scared you once you could see the place again you could still be scared.

Going Green with Sunflowers

In the article “The Green Industrial Revolution” by Jeannie Choi. Going green appears to pertain mostly to middle class white people than the poor class of minorities living in cities. green products are very expensive for those who may not have jobs that can afford this luxury and the produce is either not there in big cities or is overpriced as well. This article talks about the vacant lots in Pittsburgh that can be turned into sunflower fields. The flowers can converted into bio fuels by local residents of the area.

Sunflower field

This idea is very seems very green. It creates jobs, its helping the environment and it has an alternative energy aspect that can help the world if it was used on a country wide scale.  I do agree with the slight racism of going green.  I don’t believe its intentional though.  I believe most if not all the reason there seems to be racism in going green is because of how much going green actually costs to be.

Alex