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As you may already know, I have a soft spot for bats. A
really big soft spot, actually. I’ve been a bat advocate since I was kid, I
managed to become a finalist for a big scholarship at my college with an essay
about bats, and Viridorari’s first animal of the month was the golden-capped
see bats as a symbol of Halloween and creepy things, but many don’t know what
an important roll they play in our global ecosystem, and in particular, our
agriculture. Insect-eating bats are crucial for controlling pest populations
that would otherwise demolish our fields. Fruit-eating bats are essential for
pollinating fruit plants, much like bees.
I was very
saddened to learn that recently, the Pipistrelle bat went extinct. They used to
live on Australia’s Christmas Island, but now these tiny, adorable bats with
the coolest name ever are gone for good. The Australian government failed to
offer aid to scientists and the dying species until it was too late. The loss
of any species is a terrible thing, especially when the cause of their death
was caused by human related activities. Why is it that we think it’s okay to do
as we please on this planet, without any regard to the other life forms that
Today I am happy to have my new found college friend, Aama Harwood, on Viridorari to talk about the problems with having genetically modified organisms (or GMOs) in our food. In her article, Aama provides a very impassioned and convincing argument against GMOs. If you have an opposing viewpoint to hers, be sure to leave a comment. While I personally do not support GMOs, I know the importance of comparing viewpoints so everyone can understand the full story. Also, feel free to comment if you agree with Aama. Comments are just awesome in general.
Now, to introduce Aama, here is a short bio she provided me about herself:
I am a Neuroscience
and Psychology major at Ithaca College. I love to hike, bike, backpack, and do
yoga. My biggest passions in life are healthy food and helping others. I am a
strong advocate for the things I believe in and hope that my ideas and opinions
encourage you to ask questions.
Aama's article was published earlier this year in the Durango Herald. I was able to republish it here on Viridorari with her permission. You can find her article here on the Durango Herald's website. If you have any questions about her article that you'd like to ask her directly, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s starting to get chilly here in
New York, so today I want to provide you with a way to make a fashionable
winter scarf out of an old, unwanted t-shirt. This will make a great project
for young girls, and when their friends ask them where they got it they can
proudly claim that they made it themselves.
t-shirt (keep the color in mind. Do you want a bright color? A pattern?
Something more plain?)
old/broken jewelry, beads etc. (optional)
Staples is offering an incentive to recycle your old, worn-out binders. Instead
of throwing them away, take them with you to a participating Staples and turn
them in. For each old binder you recycle, Staples will give you $2.00 toward a
new binder that you buy from the store. Not only does this offer an outlet for
binder recycling, but it allows you to save money on new office supplies! Keep
in mind that the $2.00 credit can only be applied to one new binder. So, if you
turn in two old binders and buy one new one, you can’t have $4.00 toward that
binder. It’s $2.00 per new binder. Go to this webpage to find out more on the
you use your office supplies for as long as you can before buying new ones. I
am currently reusing my binders from my senior year in high school for my
freshman year of college. They were still in usable condition, so there was no
reason to discard them for new ones. The same goes with folders and unfinished
packs of loose-leaf paper. I had enough loose-leaf paper left over from my
senior year of high school that I didn’t have to buy new paper for college.
Always keep in mind how you can reduce your consumption of goods, and
subsequently, your money expenditures.
Viridorari I am excited to have my Ithaca College residential hall RA, Rachel Gray,
on the blog to talk about the floor that her and I both live on. Our floor is
designated as the Sustainably Conscious Community, and unlike normal
residential floors, we partake in special activities and programs to learn how
to live sustainably. We are also required to do community service, and at the
end of the semester we’ll turn in an essay about our experiences. So far I’ve
had an amazing time living in the Sustainably Conscious Community, and everyone
here is friendly and welcoming. But, before I give too much away, I’ll turn you
over to Rachel and let her talk about it.
Mom have an old yoga mat she’s planning on throwing out? Don’t let her! There are
many fun ways to repurpose a yoga mat. My floor RA showed me this awesome page featuring twenty ways to repurpose a yoga mat, and I picked two to display here
on Viridorari. Be sure to visit the page to see many more creative projects!
My experience at
an interactive zoo in Oklahoma this past summer inspired me to declare the
tiger as September’s Animal of the Month. At the GW Interactive Zoo, I had a
unique opportunity to see some of the world’s rarest tigers and hold and interact
with two tiger cubs. To read about my experience and see pictures, check out
this free write post.
While tigers are perhaps one of the
most well-known animals on earth, revered as majestic, and the subject of many
literary and poetic pieces, as a species, they are on their last legs. There
are six subspecies of tiger, all of which are endangered. This month, rather
than focus on one subspecies, I will touch on all six. Here is an overview of
15 Ways for College Students to be Greener in their Dorm and on Campus
As a first time college student this semester living in a sustainably
conscious residence hall, I am acutely aware of my impact on the planet
and my ability to have a greater control over that impact, especially
now that I'm living on my own.
it, Freshmen. For the first time in your life, you have complete control over
how you live and how you spend your money. That means you can have more control
over how sustainable or unsustainable you are.
today’s Ecofriendly Economics section, I am providing fifteen ways that
college students, like myself, can be more green in their dorm and everyday
habits. Ithaca College students: look for the bold sections to see information that specifically relates to our college and the Ithaca area.
In high school, I
took the crazy route and decided to become an International Baccalaureate (IB)
diploma student. IB is a rigorous academic program available in many schools in
America and around the world. For those of you who have never heard of it, the best and simplest
way I can describe it to you is Advanced Placement on drugs.
At the end of a
long two years in this program, our school’s IB coordinator, and also the
senior year history teacher, took me and the other five diploma students on a
relaxed field trip. This field trip was to Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester.
That might sound creepy to those of you who haven’t been there, but the place is
full of history, which is appropriate for a field trip coordinated by a history
teacher. Mount Hope is the resting place of Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel
Rochester, and Susan B. Anthony, to name a few. To see a more complete list of
“notable burials,” click here.
On August 12th, I found
myself doing something that I never thought I would do. I was in Washington
D.C., six hours from home, sitting beneath the beating sun outside of the State
Department building, and risking arrest with about sixty other people.
We are the people! Two! You can’t ignore us! Three! We will not let you build
this pipeline!” My voice was growing ragged, but I persisted.
was holding a sign that said “Another person who grew up playing outside
against the pipeline,” and everyone else risking arrest with me was holding
these signs, each personalized to suit their reasons for protesting.
front of us was a crowd of about 100 people supporting us, and a swarm of media
with their cameras and notepads, running about like a colony of ants. At one
point, I looked into the crowd and saw a boy about my age holding up a sign
that said “Thank You Climate Heroes.” I almost cried. I typically would
consider Bill McKibben or Rachel Carson climate heroes, but today, some thought
I was a climate hero.
a couple days before the protest, I was scrambling to get everything together
and be on my way. My parents were struggling to swallow the fact that their
soon-to-be-college-student was running off to D.C. all by herself, staying at a
stranger’s house, and that there was a possibility she would be arrested. And
if she was arrested, they couldn’t come get her. They would simply have to
leave her there in jail, because that’s how peaceful protesting works.
While visiting my family in Texas from July 20th-24th, I had the opportunity to visit the world’s largest animal rescue park, The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoo. My Aunt Jane, a frequent visitor of the park, generously drove us three hours from her home to Wynnewood, Oklahoma, where the park is located. She is always eager to introduce her friends and family to the park for the first time.
As we entered the park, I saw a sign that informed visitors that the cost to run the park and care for the animals for one month was $60,000, and that the park was entirely reliant on visitor donations and entry fees. As we traveled through the zoo, I saw countless signs hanging on animal’s enclosures asking passerby to sponsor them (starting at $25.00 a month).