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Title: Environmental Science


1
Environmental Science Treehuggers
  • September 2, 2004

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Terms
  • Environment
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Environmentalists
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Green Wash
  • Treehugger

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Environment
  • According to the American Heritage Dictionary
    (4th edition), the word environment is a noun
    which is defined as
  • The circumstances or conditions that surround
    one surroundings. Societal and physical
  • The totality of circumstances surrounding an
    organism or group of organisms, especially
  • The combination of external physical conditions
    that affect and influence the growth,
    development, and survival of organisms.
    Conditions of habitat such as natural hazards,
    temperature, pollution? things that may affect
    ones health and well being.
  • The complex of social and cultural conditions
    affecting the nature of an individual or
    community poverty, geography, access to clean
    water, air, and health care facilities.

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Environmental Science
  • The systematic study of our environment AND our
    place in it.
  • It is an interdisciplanary field incorporating
    the fields of
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering,
    Political Science, Geography, Agriculture,
    Mathematics, Law and Sociology

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Current Environmental Issues
  • Water Scarcity
  • Water Quality
  • Bacteria
  • Industrial Effluent
  • Municipal Effluent Happy fish and Birth
    Control Endocrine Disruptors
  • Soil contamination salinity
  • Air Quality!! Ozone Action Days
  • Rising Population Denton Stats

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Still more environmental issues
  • Urban Flooding and Erosion Byproducts of
    Construction
  • Lack of Transportation Solutions
  • Over fishing
  • Overuse/dependence on fossil fuels
  • Global Warming climate change
  • Questionable ethics of both corporations
    (polluters) and politicians

8
Whats happening out there?
  • Several types of groups interested in these
    problems
  • Government agencies (Federal, State, Local)
  • Local municipalities
  • Educational Institutions Environmental
    Scientists
  • Chemical Corporations Manufacturers
  • Lobbyists for both sides
  • Politicians keep everyone happy, get
    re-elected
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Civic Groups Keep Denton Beautiful
  • Citizens Lois Gibbs

9
Government Agencies
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Local Emergency Planning Commission
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife

10
Local Municipalities
  • City of Denton
  • Municipal Electric
  • Landfill
  • Water Treatment Plant
  • Wastewater treatment plant

11
Educational Institutions
  • University of North Texas
  • These institutions pursue research grants to
    study different aspects of the environment to
    measure problems and propose solutions
  • Biodiesel
  • Material Recovery Facility
  • Phytoremediation
  • Wetlands Reduction of water contaminants
  • Wallers Clams
  • Fathead minnows
  • Biodiversity and erosion in buffer zones
  • Affect of habitat fragmentation on migratory birds

12
Chemical Corporations
  • GE recognizes that part of being a successful and
    well-respected company is being socially
    responsible. GE is committed to serve the
    communities where we do business, to provide our
    customers with innovative, high-quality products
    and services and to protect the health of our
    workers and our environment.



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Monsanto
  • Monsanto is a leading provider of agricultural
    products and solutions. We use unparalleled
    innovation in plant biotechnology, genomics and
    breeding to improve productivity and to reduce
    the costs of farming. We produce leading seed
    brands, including DEKALB and Asgrow, and we
    develop biotechnology traits that integrate
    insect control and weed control into the seed
    itself. We make Roundup, the worlds best-selling
    herbicide, and other herbicides, which can be
    combined with our seeds and traits to offer
    farmers integrated solutions. Through our
    Holdens/Corn States business, we also provide
    other seed companies with genetic material and
    biotechnology traits for their seed brands. We
    manage our business in two segments Seeds and
    Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity.

14
Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Eli Lilly and Company is a leading,
    innovation-driven corporation committed to
    developing a growing portfolio of best-in-class
    and first-in-class pharmaceutical products that
    help people live longer, healthier and more
    active lives. Lilly products treat depression,
    schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity
    disorder, diabetes, osteoporosis and many other
    conditions. We are committed to providing answers
    that matter - through medicines and information -
    for some of the world's most urgent medical
    needs.

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Lobbyists from the American League of Lobbyists
- http//www.alldc.org/
  • League members
  • are on the cutting edge of issues directly
    affecting lobbyists e.g., the Capitol Hill
    access and security issue which is rapidly
    changing.    
  • are invited to exclusive events and networking
    opportunities with key Members of Congress and
    Administration officials. (Click here for
    upcoming programs.) 

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  • are offered discounts for products and services
    such as the following 
  • 10 off Washington Representatives, published by
    Columbia Books
  • 10 off PAC outsourcing services through PAC
    Services, LLC
  • 10 off Vocus Government Relations/Public
    Relations products and services
  • 40 off Guide to State Legislative Lobbying
    handbook
  • 50 off Almanac of the Unelected
  • 30 off materials available from Bernstein Press,
    including their new training manual Keeping
    Wolves at Bay
  • 20-80 off office products and furniture through
    Millers Office Products
  • 100 off a new or used car from Passport Infiniti

  •  Six months free use of LobbyRpt. software for
    LDA registration and reports

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Politics, Political Parties and Politicans
  • America and the world share this common goal we
    must foster economic growth in ways that protect
    our environment. We must encourage growth that
    will provide a better life for citizens, while
    protecting the land, the water, and the air that
    sustain life. - President George W. Bush

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Democrats
  • The Bush Record Industry Runs Roughshod Over
    Environment
  • Drill everywhere! Foul the oceans! Pollute the
    skies! That's great if you're Big Business, but
    lousy if you're anybody else. Bush's policies are
    undoing decades of environmental protection and
    leaving a dirty world for our children and
    children's children to inherit. For the
    environment, a change in the White House would be
    a breath of fresh air.

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Not-for-profit organizations
  • Sierra Club Get outdoors and get involved!
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Natural Resource Defense Council
  • Greenpeace

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Nature Conservancy 1951 to present
  • Fast Facts About The Nature Conservancy
  • Cumulative acres protected in the United States
    14,345,000 acres
  • Cumulative acres protected in Canada 39,700
    acres
  • Cumulative acres protected in Central
    America,South America, Mexico and the Caribbean
    83,464,000 acres
  • Cumulative acres protected in the Asia-Pacific
    region 18,393,000
  • Current number of Conservancy preserves about
    1,400 
  • Conservancy members approximately 1 million

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Natural Resource Defense Council
  • NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental
    action organization. We use law, science and the
    support of more than 1 million members and online
    activists to protect the planet's wildlife and
    wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy
    environment for all living things. Worth Magazine
    has named NRDC one of America's 100 best
    charities, and Charity Navigator has given NRDC
    four stars (out of a possible four). Click here
    to read more expert opinions about NRDC.

22
Greenpeace
  • Greenpeace began in 1971, when a handful of
    determined activists departed for Amchitka
    Island, Alaska to protest U.S. nuclear weapons
    testing in the area. The crew of 11 men leased a
    fishing vessel, the Phyllis Cormack, and set sail
    from Vancouver through the cold North Pacific
    waters. Their goal was to "bear witness" to the
    devastating activity. The notion of bearing
    witness involves going to the scene of an
    objectionable activity and registering opposition
    to it, simply by being present there. The aging,
    80-foot boat never reached the site of the test,
    but the activists brought worldwide attention to
    nuclear testing and its dangers. Shortly after
    the voyage, the team named themselves
    "Greenpeace."

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Civic Groups
  • Keep Denton Beautiful
  • Citizens for Healthy Growth

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Citizens
  • Lois Gibbs organized victims of Love Canal
  • Rachel Carson inspired modern environmental
    movement
  • Emma Must Fought British Road Building at
    Twyford Down and beyond

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Different Agendas
  • Each of these groups have an agenda or
    priorities
  • Each use very persuasive arguments
  • The result?
  • Genuine Concern, Greenwash, No problem here and
    environmentalists
  • Information
  • Misinformation

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What can you do???
  • Pay attention to local issues
  • Read (from several sources)
  • Travel!
  • Think more carefully about consumption
  • Think critically
  • Dont be a push-over baloney detection
  • Get involved!

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What should I do?
  • Inform you about todays environmental concerns
    in a relatively unbiased manner
  • Discuss scientific methods of measuring or
    responding to these concerns
  • Discuss how to become more involved in your
    environment

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Finally What is a tree hugger?
  • Story of Martyr Amrita Devi
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