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This has been a good experience

Well, I do not know if Dr. Findling is going to keep this blog open or close it and then open it later for future students but I thought it would be interesting if you guys could share what you have learned and experienced in this summer class. The first weeks of this course I was like what is this? I hope this course does not make my summer boring. But in my opinion, I have learned and improved lots of things. The way I interpret information about nature and the relationship between the environment and man is more broad now. I judge things with a wiser perspective. Besides this, I also learned things that I did not know about global warming and climate change. I did not actually believe in climate change (like most people) before this course, but after all the things that I have read from the books infinite nature, emerson’s “nature” and thoureau’s “walking,” what we know about the climate change and all the articles online, I can say that this has totally changed the way I think. Another thing that I have learned is how to critic a film, which is something that it is more important than we think. I used to post online about movies without caring about what I was saying, but it is nice to learn things from the book “a short guide to writing about film” and know how to organize and think about what you are going to post. Screening the Anthropocene has been a really good experience to me. A pleasure to share opinions and information with you guys and Dr. Findling. Take care all of you and have a good rest of the summer. Good luck for this semester.
-Luis

Offshore wind farms!

While I was working on my paper and researching about new alternative energies, I found offshore wind farms.  Offshore wind farms are situated on the sea, where the winds are generally stronger than the land-based wind farms. In places like UK or Denmark you can see that there are offshore wind farms and they work perfectly. The US has recently accepted to invest in those and they are working on building them. One of the good things about this renewable energy is that it does not hurt the environment nor the species that they live on the sea. The process of making electricity is completely clean and safe and it does not emit pollution. In this video you can see how the build a windmill on the sea. I think is pretty interesting. You should check it out!

-Luis

Why are people nicer in places like Kansas, Missouri, Colorado…?

Well, I know this has nothing to do with nature but I thought that human relationships are interesting and I always wondered why people are so much nicer in the Midwest that in places like the coast, anywhere you go. So, I come from Spain, Europe, long ways from here. Some people that I have talked to say that generally people in Europe are rude, and honestly, it is true. I have been to Portugal, France, Monaco, Italy, Spain, and England and usually people do not wave or smile at you. When I first came to the States, to Florida and Illinois, I was a little impressed because people were nice, but there were some similarities and common things with people from the coast from where I live and other coasts that I have been in Europe. However, when I transferred to Newman University, and I started visiting places (Wichita, Derby, Kansas city, Oklahoma city, Denver, Winter Park…etc.) And I saw that most people just wave and smile at you and they are very nice. They helped me so much when I used to have language difficulties and problems with things. I am very happy with this, it makes life so much easier and joyful. I learned that human relationships and morals are so important, and I am glad you guys have kept it that way. Although, I have a question, why do you think that in places like in the coast (wherever) people tend to be more rude than people in the inside like the Midwest?

-Luis

Facing the consequences of our lifestyles

In my paper I will talk about and include in my introduction that it seems that we have come to a point where society does not even include “environment” or “nature” in its vocabulary anymore. I will follow this by presenting the problem that people think that a world that uses the ground resources, such as oil, which moves lots and lots of money, does not need green energy. That is the indeed the main problem. Oil has become the main natural resource used in this world. It does not matter if it hurts the environment or not, because it moves money.

However, green energies do not move enough money and companies are not willing to make the investment on those, because it is not worth the cost. Money is a thing of the present; it does not see a future. This capitalism world only cares about material and money, not nature. I will also present a discussion of how we have gotten comfortable with this lifestyle with the use of vehicles, factories, massive production and other oil uses and we have not seen or experience any big changes on Earth yet, but future generations will. People do not see the advantage of using green energy, they only see the sacrifice that we would have to do, such as short showers, public transportation, reduction of the use of electricity…etc. Finally, I will finish conclude my paper with the proposal of using green energies and what it would mean to society, which would be used to satisfy human needs and stop hurting the environment. However, big companies use and control oil and they move enormous amounts of money, and money governs the world. Money does not care about future.

Thesis: facing the consequences of our lifestyles by not taking measures such as stop using oil and the concept of using green energies.

Resources:

First source

Copland, S. (January 19, 2012). The Drum Home ABC. retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3776760.html. This source from ABC titled “the war against renewable energies” from Simon Copland talks about the consequences of the rise of new companies that are using green energy against oil companies.

Second source:

Geographic, N. (July 26, 2011). National Geographic Daily News. Retrieved from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/07/110726-nsf-oil-impact-lipid-video/ Here “National Geographic Daily news” mentions and explains the impact of oil spills on the environment.

Third source:

Heinberg, R. (2006). The Oil Depletion Protocol: A Plan to Avert Oil Wars, Terrorism and Economic Collapse. Clairview books. A book from Heinberg in which he discusses a plan to prevent oil wars and economic consequences of the massive use of oil.

Fourth source:

Walker, C. (October 28, 2008). National Geographic. Retrieved from National Geographic News: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/10/1028_041028_alternative_energy.html From National Geographic’s website, Cameron Walker discusses and analyses the different renewable energies.

Fifth source:

C2es. (2011). C2es.org. Retrieved from http://www.c2es.org/energy/source/oil This article from the website “C2es” explains everything about oil: price, impact on the environment, spills, availability…etc.

-Luis

Into the wild, interesting ending…

This movie directed by Sean Penn in 2007 is about the life of Christopher McCandless, a promising 22 year old college kid who decides to leave his wealthy family and his known identity trying to forget the “material world” that he was in, in order to live adventures and find the meaning of freedom and nature. The history of this character is divided into 5 chapters: his born, adolescence, adult, family and the path to wisdom.

Sean Penn achieves in this “road movie” to put us in the skin of every single character in the movie. The acting from the cast did a good job because they expressed themselves very good. Facial and body gestures made the movie seem very realistic. Emile Hirsch was capable of connecting with Chris McCandless’s soul, who was very involved in his role, to the point where sometimes we could think that she was Christopher. The movie had a lot physical and psychological “transformations.” I also thought that Hal Brook did a wonderful job with his facial expressions and how you can just interpret so many things by the gestures and faces he does.

There is also something that we need to mention about this movie. The incredible soundtrack from Eddie Vedder made the narration of the story even more interesting, catching the spectator’s attention to understand the character’s personalities, and making the movie more personal and emotional. Sean Penn wanted the vocalist of Pearl Jam to become the inner voice of the characters and he accomplished it. Along with the pure and good music, we could also enjoy the wonderful job that Eric Gautier did with his photography and filming, achieving to transmit the emotional states of the characters.

I had some questions at the end of the movie. For example, he said that he really loved his sister but he did not even say anything to her before leaving for his journey. Another question that I had is what was Chris thinking before he was going to die? Did he regret of what he did or was he happy about everything he did? It will be a mystery to interpret…

-Luis

You should watch “after earth”

I went to the cinema last night with my brother and his girlfriend to watch “After earth.” The movie is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and the main actors are Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith. I am not going to be a spoiler and tell you everything about the movie but there is one thing that I want to say about it, and its that the movie has an important ecological message and I wanted to share it here. The movies starts talking about how we ended up destroying the planet because we ended with it’s natural resources, with the consequence of big floods, massive storms, dramatic change of temperatures, earthquakes…etc. So humans had to find other planets to live in, and they did, but they were not alone. Aliens almost ended with the existence of humans but they figured out how to kill the aliens. Aliens were blind, but fear from other species could allow them to see. When the commandant Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and the apprentice Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) are about to arrive to another planet, a meteor shower gets on their way and they cause a fatal accident and only Cypher and his son are the rest of the survivors on the ship, which crashes in a planet where during the day the temperatures are very warm and during the night everything gets frozen (extreme temperatures). Cypher found out that the planet that they were in was Earth, and it was categorized as level 1 of danger, because every specie evolved to kill humans. However, in the middle of the movie, a bird saves and dies for Kitai because he was about to get frozen at night time during his journey to go to the tale of the ship to send a rescue message. After the movie I was thinking, what if we in reality have a similar ending? what if we have to abandon Earth because we get really close to destroy it? And even if most of the species hate us there are still some that show that we can cohabit with them if we show care for them. It has an important meaning of how we were not born to create destruction and madness. I hope you guys end up watching the movie if you have not yet and share your thoughts. Thank you.

-Luis

Newspapers: anything about climate change?

Well, I have been thinking about this topic for the past few weeks and I realized that newspapers do not really talk about climate change or global warming. So, I am asking myself and you guys, how are people going to start getting influenced if newspapers do not really mention anything about nature on the news?

I do not know if I am wrong on this one but I have been checking The New York Times, USA TODAY, ABC news, CNN…etc and other newspapers in Spain and there is not much about climate change or things related to this topic.  I just think that it is sad that society is not realizing that nature needs to be taken care of and like we have discussed we are too busy debating and doing other things.

-Luis