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Maddy Reeb

capstone spring 21

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A Call to Sustainability

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I will tell 3 people why sustainability is important to me and what my vision for a sustainable world is.

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    Maddy Reeb 4/21/2021 10:31 PM
    This week for my ecochallenge I calculated my ecological footprint. The calculator says that we would need 4.7 Earths if everyone lived this way.  I was below the US average barely, but other countries had a much lower footprint. These results were shocking to me I didn't realize just how big my impact was and that most people are the same.  I liked looking through the map and comparing countries and looking at the differences between the biocapacity versus ecological footprint of people. It made me feel not very hopeful seeing how many countries were red and were biocapacity debtors. However, it did make me feel hopeful seeing countries like Canada and Australia being green and biocapacity creditors. 

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    Maddy Reeb 4/13/2021 3:40 PM
    This week I watched a documentary called Seaspiracy which was about the environmental impacts of fishing. The documentary follows Ali Tabrizi on his journey to learn more about how he can help protect the ocean.  His journey starts with looking into plastics role, then whale and dolphin hunting, which leads him to look more into fishing in general and he looks at human rights within this issue.  The documentary opened my eyes to an industry that I knew nothing about.  It was filled with shocking statistics like the fact that microplastics in the ocean outnumber the stars in the Milky Way Galaxy by at least 500 times and there could be empty oceans by 2048 if the way we fish, and other practices continue. I also learned that there are about 2.7 trillion fish killed each year, and that bottom trolling wipes out 3.9 million acres of seafloor deforestation each year. The documentary showed just how crucial the ocean is to keep our planet safe and that ocean life is important, and all animals play a role in protecting that ecosystem. One of the most shocking things I found out was how companies are claiming to be sustainable and fishing safely, but they are not and many of them are working with the fishing industry. For me this highlighted the point that as consumers we need to do a better job at looking into products and what we are consuming.  It also made me feel defeated because as a consumer I want to be able to trust companies and people who say they are working towards sustainability, but this might not always be the case. The documentary also talked about human rights issues within fishing like government observers being murdered and forced labor and slavery. The documentary talked about the most important things to do to fix these problems are no take zones must be established and enforced, governments need to stop subsidies, and to avoid eating marine animals. It is clear that there needs to be a lot more regulations, but it is hard to control. One thing that stuck with me after watching this documentary was one of the interviews he had with an activist where they said ““No one can do everything, but everyone can do something”. This is true for this issue and all sustainability issues in general. 

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      amy minato 4/15/2021 12:21 PM
      I need to watch this film!  I know there are groups who will bring you fresh fish from local sources but again this gets expensive for the consumer. clearly you are right the answer needs to be global regulation. greenwashing is depressing.

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    Maddy Reeb 4/07/2021 3:03 PM
    Watching The Story of Bottled Water was interesting to me to see how bottled water companies get people to buy their products by creating manufactured demand. One of their main tactics is to scare people about tap water and mislead them that it is not safe to drink.  I don't normally ever buy bottled water and don't necessarily enjoy the taste of it anyways, but I learned a lot of useful information in this video.  I also learned ways I can help besides just not purchasing bottled water. 

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      amy minato 4/10/2021 3:37 PM
       here's a short, artistic look at the problem