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Ecology Club

Intro to Ecology Club

Tyler Abel

on 18 May 2011

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Transcript of Ecology Club

Eco Club What? The simple way to define ecology is the environment we live in, and how we live in it. So Let's talk about OUR environment... Let's start small. Here, is Monarch Fun, right?
Inspires you? ... no? well, What about this? We wouldn't have so many animals, forests, trees, flowers, rainy days or sunshine without our eco system well, and that's all grand and dandy, but sometimes... we don't do the best job of taking care of it so what do we do? First, we have to know more about the eco system and global warming Long story short... Plants absorb sunlight and CO2 from the atmosphere and use water and minerals from soil to make their own food. They create oxygen and moisture as waste, and their leaves, fruit and stems provide food for animals Herbivores eat the plants, breath in oxygen and exhale CO2. Carnivores eat some of the herbivores and each other as a way to control the population. After any animal dies it decomposes in the soil which also helps return nutrients to the soil that ultimately feeds plants. Temperate environments are cyclical in nature so that part of the year is cold and part of the year is warm. Plants and animals living in different parts of the world develop a cyclical nature (like trees shedding leaves in the fall to regrow them in the spring, or animals hibernating) that keeps them alive.
Climate caters to various plants and animals in different regions all over the world, which only adds to the complex biodiversity of the eco system. The atmosphere has a natural supply of "greenhouse gases." They capture heat and keep the surface of the Earth warm enough for us to live on. Without it we would be living on an ice planet. But everything in our lives from cars and airplanes to the power we use to charge our ipods and phones adds to those greenhouse gases. These gases—which can stay in the atmosphere for at least fifty years and up to centuries—are building up faster than the earth can remove them and creating a layer of heat around the Earth and warming it up much faster and much more than ever before So what's a little heat right?
Well, all that heat has an effect on the climate in a big way. And that can lead to
more intense storms, long lasting droughts, and rising sea levels. Which eventually can have irreversible consequences. So What? "I have my ipod and my cell phone and my car and my friends and I mean this won't effect me in my life time." but at the rate it's going, it probably will and it's not a problem that will fix itself but then the question becomes:
How do we fix it? There are a million and one ways you can help You could be the few that start
Ecology Club here at
Monarch And you don't have to want to be a biologist, ecologist, park ranger, animal rights activist, or anything like that if you don't want to. You could be the entrepreneur who saves millions when you use solar panels to power your company Or maybe you could be the designer or inventer of a new line of products made from recycled materials Or you could even just be an architect, teacher, or doctor, or actor and live a "green" life and educate the people around you. We don't have to live in an all natural hippie land forest But we aren't tied to a smog filled heated future either If we work together we can have it all now a little on Global Warming and you can be the difference that educates the students around you about the earth and how we can take care of it, even at school.
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