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Teaming Up Against Invasive Species

I am a science educator trying to get a Bloomington ordinance to instate fees for properties that have invasive species.

Shay Hak

on 15 April 2010

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Transcript of Teaming Up Against Invasive Species

Benifits of biodiversity
References McGrath, S. (2005). Attack of the alien invaders. National Geographic, 207(3), 92-117. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.

Burdick, A. (2005). THE TRUTH ABOUT INVASIVE SPECIES. (Cover story). Discover, 26(5), 34-41. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database. http://www.fws.gov/Endangered/pdfs/Why_Save_End_Species_July_2005.pdf "More than a quarter
of all prescriptions written annually in
the United States contain chemicals
discovered in plants and animals. If
these organisms had been destroyed
before their unique chemistries were
known, their secrets would have died
with them." Oposition? What if invasive species come in? It’s all part of the natural cycle for ecosystems to thrive on competition. You win some and you lose some. One day you’re in, the next day, you’re out! Is it fair to penalize people for the plants they have on their land even if it’s not their fault? No, but, eliminating exotic species is a huge job. The world is Enormous! There is no way that we can fix the invasive species problem. But for now, if each Bloomington residence is motivated to do a small part, we can make our native species community come alive again. The tax revenue could be used to help create better science education classes in school to help better educate students on invasive species. Hi,
I am Miss Shaily I am a science educator in Bloomington I am here to tell you why the city of Bloomington should instate a fee for any property that has invasive plant species
* Autumn crocus: A natural treatment for gout and a potential treatment for leukemia, autumn crocus is at risk from over-harvesting. * Yew tree: The bark is used to create paclitaxel, a widely used cancer drug (it takes six trees to create a single dose).
* Hoodia: Large quantities have been harvested from drug companies looking to create an appetite suppressant/weight loss drug.

* Magnolia: Magnolia may help fight cancer, dementia and heart disease, but over half the world’s species are threatened.
Medicinal Plants on the brink of extinction http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/2/9/medicinal-plants-face-extinction.aspx We each need to do our part!
We slowly are losing on on the biodyversity of Bloomington! We are hurting our self if we don't take care of this.
You may say that there is no harm by having invasive species. Here is an instance where this doesn't hold true Balast water from boats dumped an Asian train of cholera bacteria triggering a 1991 epidemic killing 10,000. What else was caused by invasive species? West Nile Virus. The invasive plants that come in could hold the key for the next big medical epidemic. Would you want to risk the well being of your family for the asthetic value of your home because you didn't pay a fee?
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