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Our environment

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Joshua Oden

on 12 November 2014

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Transcript of Our environment

Josh, Haley, Brenda & Zulema
Water Symposium
September 30th
Dr. Nick Norwood's Poetry Reading from his collection: Gravel and Hawk

Pic of Nick Norwood from:
Will Allen
The World Around Us
The World Around Us
Library Book Club: The Good Food Revolution
*Dr. Norwood's poems covered a limited amount, however, a large portion of his poetry reflected his naturalistic views
*Many of Dr. Norwood's poems reflect his own personal experiences and childhood as well
*Dr. Norwood incorporates the theme of nature into all of his poems
*He expressed environmental issues such as the preservation of our wildlife and hunting problems
*Dr. Norwood was once a Texarkana Native
*He enjoys spending his days observing bird wildlife and different bird species.
This event, although short lived, was successful in assisting those that attended to dig deep in to what Mr. Allen was saying and what he intended for everyone involved in his good food journey.

A majority of the time spent at the book club was a lot of us expressing how we felt about Allen's book and if it affected us in anyway.
Dr. Richard Primack
Earned his undergraduate at Harvard University
Graduate school: Duke University
For the last fourteen years him and his colleagues have been studying the impact of global warming on birds, animals, and plants in Massachusetts
Dr. Primack wanted to reach a wider audience so along with collagues wrote a textbook
Mr. Allen presented a 1071 slide power point showing us all the effort that went into Growing Power.

Thankfully, a majority of the slides were pictures, but these pictures were able to convey to the audience the reality of all the work put in.
Global warming causes:
Rainfall patterns
Sea level rising
The increasing level of carbon dioxide
Water Reuse
James Brown
- Educate the public on water reuse
What We Did
Dr. Primack Findings
Old records:
We should care about global warming because every day we are losing animals and plants that are important to America's heritage
At the book club, we were first asked to describe Allen's whole book in one word. Surprisingly, many students were able to come up with some very touching words, such as, persistence, perseverance, change, community, and family.

We were then asked if we actually enjoyed his book and many to all said yes. The reason so many of us enjoyed the book is because everything that Allen goes through, we can relate to, therefore making us a part of his story.

The main stressful factors on water consumption are:
Population growth
Increasing demand for energy
Dr. Primack and his students went to their to town's library and found old data and photographs that showed when certain plants and animals usually appear in the town around certain seasons
"The Technology is already there!"
His inspiration:
Many times Dr. Primack discuss Henry David Thoreau who was an author and a scientist. Thoreau kept a detailed record of plants and animals in his area in 1850
Stressed the importance of the availability and cleanliness of our future water sources
Water Quality
Dr. Ken Banks
-Improve surface water quality through watershed protection plan

Dr. Kati Stoddard
-Express the health risks of pharmaceutical waste in water
More effort and time should be spent towards the actual quality of our water instead of just the quantity
The final thing we talked about was a specific moment in the book when a man who had to wear an ankle bracelet was speaking about the good that Mr. Allen had brought to his life. Through this passage, we are able to see that Mr. Allen really cares about the people that are helping him and how it is an honor it is to have a positive affect on someone's life for the better.
Technological innovations for water reuse
Distill urine/sweat
Evaporation control
Proper drug disposal
Management and regulation of groundwater
Flood control
Watershed protection plans
Even water distribution
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