Environmental Ethic

Media #1, Movie: Cowspiracy
Cowspiracy is a movie about the effects the agricultural industry has on the environment. The movie talks about the pollution the industry creates, more specifically, the movie shows the negative effects through the amount of green house gasses they industry emits into the atmosphere. The movie also focuses on the amount of water we use for the industry. It can take anywhere from hundreds of thousands of gallons to produce one pound of beef, also, it could take hundreds of liters to produce certain dairy products.
Watching this defiantly changed my view on how I see the different industries and their effect on the environment. The documentary change my ethics because it showed me the effects of the agricultural industry and the negative effects on the environment. When I’m older and if i want to become an environmentalist i would need to change my eating habits and not just uses less water throughout, recycling, not littering, or using en electric car. It shifted my focus on what needs to be dealt with.

Mount St. Helens Response

I asked my mom about her experience with Mt. St. Helens.

I was 13 years old and in grade 8 which was my first year of high school. I remember many people talking about Mount St. Helen’s and murmurs that they were expecting it to erupt. Back in those days, we did not have cell phones or the internet. Anything happening in the world was shared through the newspaper or the 6 o’clock news. Being as I was a teenage girl, my reading consisted of Tiger Beat (teen magazine) and watched Little House on the Praire. The things I heard about this active volcano were mostly from eavesdropping on conversations of adults around me. I didn’t think much of it as it seemed to be very far away in my mind. Surely it wouldn’t affect me in Richmond. I clearly remember the day it erupted. For May, it was an unusually dark and dull day and the skies were blanketed in a solid dark grey covering. I recall being shocked to find ash layers all over on the cars and streets up to 1” thick. There was some scare that it would be unsafe to breath it in. I remember watching the news where they interviewed an old man who lived on Mount St. Helen’s who refused to leave his house and didn’t believe it would really erupt. Then the reporter said the man had been swept away in a sea of lava. I was so confused as to why he wouldn’t have left. I thought about that man for a very long time. I think it may have been my first real exposure to the volatility of our world and cracked the foundation of my fairytale belief of being invinsible. I certainly paid more attention to the news from then on.

Triangulation Lab

Today’s Lab went wrong because everybody had different speeds for the waves so when all the groups came together for the lab the results were inconsistent.
One Seismometer isn’t enough having one only tells you the distance to the epicenter not the direction it’s coming from. We need more then one to triangulate were the epicenter of the earthquake is.
It is important to find the epicenter of an earthquake so we can identify the fault that caused the earthquake.
We can use this data to find out where the emergency response crew needs to go to. The area around the epicenter will hit the hardest by an earthquake.