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Alan Tang

Created By: Ken Pitts
Review for Sharing the World:
Sustainable Living & Global Equity
in the 21st Century
Michael Carley & Philippe Spapens

This book is a must read for many reasons.  I was skeptical at first about the content of the book until I finished reading it. "I was blind and now I see." Anyone who is remotely interested in equality or human rights should read this book. It starts by talking about environmental space and discusses the dilemmas that NIC (Newly Industrialized Countries) are facing today. Should they follow America's example and utilize 25% of the world’s resources while only constituting about 5% of the world’s population? The obvious answer is "no," if they followed Americans trend of consumption then there would not be enough resources available.

The book then digresses into the question of how we would manage our resources since it is not evenly distributed in the world. As it discusses the necessary changes, they provide many visuals such as charts and graphs to illustrate why change is imperative. This really helped me understand the overall content of the book and simplifies the data into something easily comprehensible. Another important aspect of the book was the rationale against Nuclear Energy, the obvious fact that watching over the waste for 10,000 years was not a feasible idea.

This provided me that rude awakening as many people assume that nuclear energy is very efficient and easily solves our energy demands (which it does not). The obvious solution to our problems became apparent, we need to cut down on our resource consumption and the waste of resources. The biggest message of this book is that no matter what we do, we cannot afford to waste and over consume our resources, no matter what kind of scientific inventions that provides the illusion that our resources can be made infinite. The book illustrated this fact over and over again and provides logical reasons and sufficient data to urge anyone to change their consumption habits.

These reasons should be enough to motivate you to read this book as this is a very easy read. I found it very informative and actually made me want to major in environmental sciences. I’m glad I took the time to read this book and so should you, I hope my overview was enough to get the ball rolling for you as the book did for me.

-reviewed by Alan Tang



CONTENTS
  1. Preface
  2. A New Approach to Global Development
  3. The Global Commons: Wild Frontier to Full world
  4. Managing the Global Commons - North and South, One World? Fair Shares in Environmental space - Basic Principles
  5. Assessing a Fair Share in Environmental Space
  6. Eco-Innovation: More from Less
  7. Sufficiency: Rethinking the Consumer Society
  8. Sustainable Production and Consumption - Towards a Global Framework
  9. Appendix 1: List of National Studies and Other publication of the Sustainable Europe Campaign
  10. Appendix B: Contact Points for Sustainable Europe Campaign and the North-South Project Participating Organisations

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Garrett Sveinson

Created By: Ken Pitts
1. For Gambassa I sorted plastic bottles and aluminum cans during classtime.
2. For Reduce the Harm I am writing a review on an Interent article about renewable energy.
3. 3.8-3.9
4. A good grade
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Jonathan Style

Created By: Ken Pitts
Eagle Truck Trail Hike to "Magic Tree"
by Jonathon Style

On May 14th, 2011 thirteen fellow AP Environmental Science classmates, Mr. Pitts, and I took a hike up the Santa Ana Mountains by the way of Eagle Truck Trail. The hike was a total of 11 miles. Even though I am pretty well fit, I have to be honest and say that the hike was fairly difficult. I brought a good amount of food and water, but nevertheless it was still tiring. I feel like this hike should be something you really want to do and not just try it, because this hike takes a good mindset in order to complete it. Walking up these mountains was a very fun-filled and amazing experience. I got to see some local species that I have not seen before.

   
Once we finally reached the "Magic Tree" (Lone Oak) at the top, the view was absolutely beautiful. It made me take my mind off things and just be able to enjoy my surrounding scenery. It also helped that the grass surrounding the tree was very soft because it gave us a chance to lay down and rest. I am very glad that I went on the hike that day because it helped me view my local surroundings differently than I had in the past.  I would recommend this hike to my other acquaintances, who have moderate to high fitness levels.


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Meghan Rowland

Created By: Ken Pitts
Buying from Corona's Local Farmers' Markets?
      
Local farmers markets help improve and help the environment because it reduces the expensive wasteful packaging and emissions your food uses for the journey it takes to get to your table. Also, buying food locally helps improve the local economy and it provides a stable livelihood of farmers. The organic farmers selling do not use pesticides or weed killers which are potentially harmful to the environment and your health. Lastly, with all the fresh food that the local farmers markets provide, you can create varieties of delicious meals for you and your family.  

Where can I find local farmers' markets near Corona, CA?
 
Henry's Farmers Market
120 West Ontario Avenue, Corona, CA 92882-5215
(951) 371-4227 ‎ 


Corona Certified Farmers' Market
480 N. Main St.
Corona, CA 92880

Every Saturday (rain or shine!) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 
Tuesday Farm & Artisan Market
Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos
Every Tuesday 3-7 p.m.
May 3 through October

   
   

Here is a website that provides you with many delicious recipes you can make with food you have bought locally:
http://www.farmfresh.org/learn/recipes.php


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Damon Platt

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1.    For Gambassa credit, I purchased and installed toilet flappers to reduce the amount of water I waste with each flush.  I actualy purchased three flappers, but did the math for only one toilet.

2.     For Reduce the Harm, along with toilet flappers to reduce the amount of water consumption, I perchased two dozen Compact Flouresnt Light bulbs and replaced many of the lights around the house, thus saving electricity.

3.    Highest Milivolt rating was about 6.3, if I remeber correctly.  I was able to tie for 4th place in the contest, in a very competitive class period.

4.    What do I need? Well, an A- in the class would be cool.  Im asuming I got 4 or 5 on the AP test, so this shouldn't be a problem ...

                                                                    Reduce the Harm:

    For RTH, I decided to cut back on comsumption of both water and electricity in my household.  The first thing I did was purchass three low-flush toilet flappers to install into my toilets, as well as buy two dozen CFL bulbs to replace many lights around my house.  For the toilet flappers, I installed, I calcualted to be saving an average of 800 gallons per toilet a month.  That saves me over 2000 gallons of water a month!  This will greatly reduce the impact of my water consumption and even lower the water bill.
    As for electricity, I replaced many 60 watt traditional light bulbs with CFL's around the house.  I immediately noticed that less heat was being emited from the light bulbs, making for a cooler home durring summer.  The trade from less eficiant, power hogging lights to efficiant, long lasting, green CFL's is sure to make a possitive impact on the invironment and reduce the harm, one light bulb at a time.  For pics of both my toilet flappers and light bubls, visit my profile and check out my pictures under SHARE. Here are just a few:

                             

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