By: Colin Greeley

Overview

Environmentalism: The act of protecting the environment from destruction, the philosophical movement that environment is more important then heredity in growth. The definition, here, shows an example of what environmentalism is. I wonder how many people in my school even know the definition. The modern thinking of environmentalists, is that they are a group of people that believe in helping the environment, or even the environmentalists themselves believe that themselves. Really, if that is the case, then they are just people that want others to stop polluting, and plant trees.

Water Pollution:
http://library.thinkquest.org/26026/Environmental_Problems/water_pollution.html
http://symonsez.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/beyond-bp-oil-spill-water-pollution-problematic-41-yrs-after-river-caught-fire/
The oil spill years ago from Exxon Vladez was seen as very tragic. In reality, billions of gallons of polluting materials, 14 billion, are spilled into the ocean each year. They only spilled about 5% of all the polluting materials spilled that year. Ever since the 1980's, at the Exxon Valdez spill, many activists have come to protest against oil spills and pollution towards water sources. Now for an example on water pollution. Cuyahoga, a river in the United States, had sewage spilled in it by locals everyday because nobody cared about water pollution in the 60's down, maybe even more. When the fire happened on the river in 1969, still no one cared what was happening in their water. They had no idea they were killing the water, and making it a sewage dump that could catch on fire, and spread disease. It is proven that one out of six people in the world does not have clean water that was polluted by spilling polluted items into their water source.
Energy Crisis:
http://planetforlife.com/
Now that we know that oil is causing many water shortages, water pollution, and air pollution, we can look elsewhere for alternate choices of energy. This reminds me of my alternate energy project with Mr. Teddy, where I researched the effects of groud energy, and how clean it was. Facts are, is that energy from the ground does not have to be polluting. Using underground steam for fuel is very efficient, and doesn't need much maintenance. When the steam, or water goes back into the ground that was used, it will scrubbed until it is deemed clean enough to go back into the ground, showing that it is a safe process. We all know from a younger age that oil can not last forever. Even though our entire country is mostly based on oil energy, oil prices are going up, and production is going down. Now is the perfect time to invest in solar, thermal, wind, water, and very likely is coal and natural gases. Oil is estimated to only last 42 more years when natural gas is up to 61 years, and coal up to 133 year's! Oil isn't the cleanest, longest lasting, and easiest to manage resource in the world, so switching might bring prosperity for the world.
Japanese Whaling:
http://www.coolum-news.com.au/story/2011/06/14/be-prepared-to-paddle-out-for-whales/
Another issue for enviromentalists, and regular people all around the world, is the Japanese whaling campaign. Since 1960, many of the humpback whales within American waters are protected, marked at about 20. Only 42 remain since then, not a large increase but still is successful at keeping a species alive. On Saturday, June 25th, 172 flowers were released by locals at Torquay Bay to represent the 172 whales slain by the last campaign of the Japnese hunting season. Many Americans and other countries were happy to hear that the Japanese did not reach their quota for killing hump backs this season of 985. The event of paddle out for whales definetly signifies the disgust of hunting down, and killing off an entire peaceful species. This was thought to be a small wake up call for all activists, from all over, to stand up against whaling in the entire world.

Source Annotation

http://library.thinkquest.org/26026/Environmental_Problems/water_pollution.html
Summary: Showed many facts, and most of how the beginnig of the environmental business happened. Tells historical, and recent/modern facts about we are putting in the water today.
Assess: The author was very thurough on the research of how much sewage, and polluting items are spilled into the sea each day. Looks very reliable for any future projects/references about the pollution of water, and pollution due to oil.
Reflect: When I first read how many gallons of waste and polluting substances are poured into our water sources each year, I was extremely surprised. This was because I heard that most of the pollution is cause by oil spills and of BP. I learned that it is mostly from sewage substances poured in by locals everyday that builds up every year, like a floating garbage dump in the water.
http://symonsez.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/beyond-bp-oil-spill-water-pollution-problematic-41-yrs-after-river-caught-fire/
Summary: A really well researched website, which was my personal favorites to visit. They even gave you a real life example back in 1969 about a river fire due to all of the sewage the locals were pouring into the river! I mentioned that in the overview.
Assess: The author of this website made it very easy to read, organized, examples, facts, data. A very well researched man that knows what he is talking about when it comes down to water pollution.
Reflect: I remember going like YES YES YES!!?!! when I reached this site since it had so many examples and data. My favorite one by far of all the other ones I researched.
http://planetforlife.com/
Summary:Very nice detail in his information, nice facts and data, was well researched in the field of alternate energy, and how we use oil today.
Assess:The author had very good info. on this site. I learned a lot about how we use energy, and how it will probably be used within the future.
Reflect:When I found this site, I knew it was exactly the one I was looking for due to all the data and the graphs it had set up about our energy today and tommorow. I found it interesting how they estimated that coal could last up to 133 years, oil 42, and natural gas up to 61 years.
http://www.coolum-news.com.au/story/2011/06/14/be-prepared-to-paddle-out-for-whales/
Summary:Talks about the Japanese whaling, and about the natives to the area set up an event to show the many slaughters of the hump back whales this year.
Assess:They definetly knew what they were talking about, and it was an organization, not just one author, or a few who knew what was happening with the whalings today. The data of how many the Japanese wanted, and how many they had was helpful to know, to show that hump back preservation societys might be working.
Reflect: It was very saddening to see how many whales were murdered by the Japanese, but was a little heart warming to know they didn't even get close to how many whales they wanted to kill.

Reflections and Conclusions

This was an eye opening experience to know how much sewage is being poured into the ocean, how many people can't even drink their water, how many whales and how many the Japanese wanted to kill, how many different ways you can make energy, and how long that energy can even last. It was also scary to see oil isn't the leading cause in water pollution, but it is our sewage. I conclude that oil can not last forever, there is different energy sources we can invest in today, whale preservation societys are gaining momentum, and most of the pollution in water today is our sewage, not oil.

Multimedia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMk6KvXyNDE
A horrible video of a Japanese research of whales ship, harpooning two whales and pulling them dead, aboard. This mostly proves that the Japanese have bben lying to us that they were researching whales, and not killing them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIU5fFmDeSc
A video about alternate energys that could possibly replace fossil fuels in the future, which the future could be now! (They say it a lot in the video!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqNUTlY5foQ
A video on storm water pollution, and how we can affect it.

Works Cited

Water Pollution. (n.d.). Water Pollution. Retrieved June 14, 2011
http://library.thinkquest.org/26026/Environmental_Problems/water_pollution.html

Symon, B. (2010, June 22). Beyond BP Oil Spill: Water pollution problematic 41 yrs after river caught fire « Symon Sez. Symon Sez. Retrieved June 14, 2011
http://symonsez.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/beyond-bp-oil-spill-water-pollution-problematic-41-yrs-after-river-caught-fire/

World Energy Crisis . (2010, June 28). World Energy Crisis . Retrieved June 14, 2011
http://planetforlife.com/

News, r. S. (n.d.). Be prepared to paddle out for whales | Travel | Coolum & North Shore News. Coolum news, sport and weather QLD | Coolum & North Shore News. Retrieved June 14, 2011
http://www.coolum-news.com.au/story/2011/06/14/be-prepared-to-paddle-out-for-whales/