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Friday, February 25, 2011

Mercy Corps Climate Change - DHA

We went to mercy corps on wed,Feb 2,2011 we talked about climate change. Why lake shad is shrinking in Niger. We also talked about Niger’s crops failing .They told us to prioritize what we think needs to happen to save a failing country

On Wednesday we went to Mercy Corps in Portland. we started to drive at around 12:00 PM.

we were talking about climate change after we ate lunch. they talked to us for about 30-45 min.then they had us watch a video about climate change. then they told us to write are own definition of climate change and what we learned from the video.

we learned that lake shad was a very important resource for Niger. and that it was shrinking. it was shrinking because the climate was getting hotter. the climate was getting hotter because their was pollution which caused climate change. lake shad is now a forth of its original size because of climate change. lake shad is not even in Niger anymore so they cannot use its water anymore.

after we had learned that lake shad was shrinking we talked about Niger’s crops where doing so bad. we thought the lake being gone was bad enough. but in 2005 there was a swarm of locust then their was one of the worst droughts in history plus the crops that they did harvest that the locust didn't eat went bad because of mice rats and mold. and the few seeds they did have they could not plant one because it was to late in the season. two there soil was bad. three they did not have enough water to spare because lake shad disappeared.

then after we had learned all that. they told us to think we where world leaders and to prioritize what we think Niger needed to get back on there feet.i can not remember what are groups agreed about

Mercy Corps Climate Change - CRW

We could go and help the people that are suffering climate change the most. We could bring them supplies, food, water, and antibiotics. We could help them travel to other country’s if they really needed to. In our community we could do stuff like save energy and water. We could save water by keeping the faucet off while brush our teeth, take shorter showers, and drinking all the water that we plan on drinking. We could save energy by keeping our phone chargers unplugged when we aren’t charging our phones. We could shut down places that use a lot of the worlds recourse's such as McDonald’s and other wasteful company's or projects. We could help the main people suffering climate change find work.take the max or bus. We could protest about stuff causing climate change or making it. We could help the environment by protecting it or something like that. We could help the people in need or Face book about stuff ruining the environment. We could change peoples mind about not helping the environment. We could explain to people what is happening to the poor people who are suffering climate change. Anything to change there minds basically.
We could always just protest and shout about how we need to stop climate change. We could send a letter to the president and maybe it would change his mind, but I doubt it. We could use paper bags instead of plastic bags and help the people who are sad and need help and who are sick. We could do the pay it forward plan
We could help the needy, we could replace wasteful stuff with stuff that could help the environment. We could help ride bikes instead of driving cars, or something like that. We could always ask people to help us or sign a patrician. Then if we got enough people to help us then maybe people would be impressed and make a difference. If it was impressive enough some celebrity's might even be willing to help us. Everybody listens to celebrity’s, that’s how we could make a difference.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mercy Corps Climate Change - AF

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we can start by using solar power for power.we can stop the pollution. by sutting down fast food.we can stop the using a lot of power we can stop making so much stuff we don't need.we need to stop the wars all around world.the lazy people are not doing a thing to stop climate change.we can straiten snobby kids.we can get rich people to feed the poor.

we can use wind power for power.we can prevent the world from hunger.we can stop everyone from becoming a zombie.we can stop from everyone becoming poor.we can have everyone become equal.everyone is entitled to freedom.we can stop the world for the violence.the climate all around the world is going nuts.the people around us wont stop and listen to envrment.

the government should stop what there doing and get to the serious stuff.but people won’t lend a hand to help.people are selfish and only think about them selves.they only help them self's to medical care.they will probably never help anyone Else but them selves.

the way we can change the climate is by using wind,solar power .but we can also use hamster power because they run around on a wheel all day.cant they generate power for when theres a power outages. what about kid power. because if they have so much energy why don't we use that and use it for power.all we have to do is put a twinke on the kids head and with a string and wacth them run around the wheel.but seriously we have to stop with all the pollutions and go Green.

but people don’t won’t to do that.no one wont’s to help the earth all they wont to do is sit around and be lazy.generation after generations it keeps happing.people say there going to do that but they keep putting it off.soon the world going die.the world going to blow up.that’s my climate change saving thing.Ok that all i got

Mercy Corps Climate Change - KJ

Climate Change

Every second of every day of every year we, the humans, are polluting the earth. Cars, trucks, buses, trains, factories, companies, and even you are polluting the earth with your actions. To this day, the globe is rising in temperature. Water is evaporating, ice is melting, and deserts are forming. People around the world are suffering from these obvious changes. When you are driving, look at buildings. Is there some sort of smoke-like cloud coming out of it? Probably. Look at cars and trucks, there is always a puff of smoke coming out of the tail pipe. All that gas is polluting the earth causing the dramatic change. Everyday people drive to work. With over 6 billion people in the world and counting , there has to be a lot of pollution. We need to change our lifestyle to save our lives.

What if we could see pollution? Would people recognize the problem and act upon the situation to stop it? I would hope so. Right now, climate change is not affecting my life in any way I can tell. In some parts of the world, people are suffering because of climate change. Not many people stop and think about pollution before they get in the car. It was estimated that by 2015 the oceans will have raised with much that New York will be flooded with a foot of water. All the pollution is causing climate change which is causing the polar ice caps to melt which is, in turn, causing the ocean to drown New York. We wouldn’t want to live in a foot of water. We need to get this picture of what will happen if we continue the way we are today, into people’s minds. They need to be afraid and scared. We need them to want change!

With the climate change people around the globe are being forced to adapt to a new environment. They must learn to conserve water and how to grow foods with what they have. Some people are moving away to a better food source while some are left to die. There are people like you and me who aren’t able to eat nutritiously. They can only eat what they have and hope for a solution. Why must they suffer? because of us, who get to live in luxury and have 10 times what we need? We need to share our health and well being. Why can’t we all be healthy and be able to live? We must change so that others may live.

What can you and I do? In Portland we can ride the MAX, ride bikes and for short distances, walk to help lower pollution. Carpooling and using public transportation helps but doesn’t eliminate the whole problem. Electric cars and even hybrids can help. I know one big problem is money. You may want to help save the earth but you may not have the money for an electric car. You may not notice but many things, such as food, are made and packaged in a factory. Factories produce pollution. We can lower our pollution production to little to zero but we still need food and everyday necessities. We need to change companies and factories to create less pollution. We should aim for no pollution in this world what so ever. It may seem impossible but if everyone tries, i bet it is possible.

Some simple ideas for mitigating climate change and helping others recover from it can be so simple. Wash dishes by hand instead of wasting gallon upon gallon of water with one dishwasher. Wash clothes by hand just like washing dishes by hand, you are saving a lot of water. Take shorter showers. Again to save water. We could use “green” products. We could by our food from a farmers market to skip factory production and packaging. Use human powered transportation or use public transportation. Use only what we absolutely need and nothing else. Entertain ourselves with things like talking to each other or making up games with natural resources.

With all these solutions we would be able to help others in need. We could share our wealth with others and reach out to those suffering from poverty and homelessness. Hopefully someday we can change enough to save lives, nature, and the world.

Mercy Corps Climate Change - CaJo

What are some tangible solutions in our every day life to mitigate the effects of climate change in our community and around the globe?

We could use less cars. We can show this by carpooling to work or school. People riding their bikes or walking to school or work. Bike riding and walking let’s people exercise and put less pollution into the air. If a person’s job is far away, the MAX is a lot better than the bus. The bus puts a lot more pollution into the air.

People use more stuff than they need to use. Recycling and reusing will give us less pollution in the air. Using less plastic water bottles or refilling them can help reduce pollution. If the amount of paper used is reduced, then fewer trees will need to be cut down. Trees make the air good to breathe. We could stop using trees, but we could also plant trees after we cut them down. But did you ever think that one day all the tree’s are going to be gone? If we keep cutting down the trees that's going to happen.

We can recycle so many things, like the plastic 6 pack rings. If we don’t cut them and throw them away. What do you think will happen? Do you think it’s going to sit in a land fill forever? No its going to get stuck around some poor little animals neck and kill them. What did they ever do to you? So cut them of. You could save a animals life.

Did you know your ever day house cleaner can pollute the air? Well it does! It could spill out in the ocean and kill a lot of cute little sea animals. And make them dick and die. We never think that Windex can harm cute sea animals. There are cleaners out there that can be harmful to you , animals, and the world.

Did you think that all these things could be harmful to our town, state, country, world. Well read all of these and see what you think your answers are.

Mercy Corps Climate Change - MaMi

We went to mercy corps and they gave us a question that we have to answer. So I have to answer in 350 words write: what are some tangible solutions in our everyday life to mitigate the effects of climate change in our community and around the globe. Well tangible means realistic or something around that meaning. So we could ride bikes more instead of using cars. We could use our air conditioners less or have them set closer to the outside temperature. We could use sun powered foil microwaves outside instead of real ones. We can use more solar, wave, geothermal and hydrothermal energy. We can cook on a grill. These are all tangible ideas. We could also plant trees witch can absorb the gasses that cause climate change. Unfortunately we already have a problem with keeping our forests around. Maybe those two problems are connected. Maybe because of deforestation making less trees that absorb the gasses caused climate change and if we fix the deforestation problem we could fix climate change to. There are probably a lot of other problems also connected to climate change. We could also lessen the effects by helping the people being affected directly. We could teach them about new technology's that we created that can help them adapt with the problems of climate change. We could also create new ways to save water and energy. In the video they showed basically a bucket that has poles coming out of it. Then the poles have holes in them which slowly releases the water onto the plants. This device saved time and effort to go and water every plant. It also evenly watered the plants which avoided over watering and avoided under watering. It was a great invention that could help people deal with climate change. We could also build solar powered pantries with a air conditioner to grow plants that can no longer deal with the temperature change. We could move water to the lake that once was in niger, to make it bigger and back to its normal size to help niger grow its plants and give it a easier water recource.

Mercy Corps Climate Change - CE

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What we could do is have everything more conserving like electric vehicles, you know. We could use less oil and coal or any polluting thing. Or some more solar and electric objects to power homes, vehicles, maybe even trains. We can use a little coal or oil but not to much, or we can abandon the resource and come back. We also could use natural gas for generators. For cars a new gas like thing made from plants like unwanted weeds.

When we cut down trees we will plant new trees to replace those trees. Cause trees give us cleaner oxygen. So first we will clean the pollution and then we will have cleaner air from the trees. They are like a filter. We also need to have more trees so we can have more clean air. We need to leave it for the people in the future.

I think the junk yards are also the main causes of the change. So as our school always does is recycle, to make a new better climate and impact. So more people should recycle to help our climate and ecosystem. So all of that trash incoming can be stopped. I don’t know what we would do with the rest but I guess recycle what is still can be used. With the stuff that we can’t use will blast it to oblivion.

All that stuff in those paragraphs are probably out of our reach cause were kids of course. What we can do to help is to walk to school or ride a bike. Don’t use the bus if your close to the school. Also recycle to reduce the trash that will pollute the climate, have nasty smelling air doesn’t sound fun. Or advise your school principle to start having the school recycle. That will influence other kids, schools, and parents to protect our climate from getting changed. You could also inspire other schools too. You could also convince your parents to have a special gas for their car like bio-disel. Convince others to protect and clean our climate for good.

I am glad mercy corps tries to make a diffrence. One day they could make it happen............

Mercy Corps Climate Change - JS


I think some tangible solutions in our everyday life to mitigate the effects of climate change in our everyday community and around the globe are to recycle, reduce car emissions, use reusable energy sources, and picking up trash around our environment. If we can do any of these, our world will be a better place.

By recycling we save on landfill space and the smoke that goes into the air when burning trash. Recycling can also save money because we won’t fill our trash up to be hauled off. I think we could also reuse the stuff instead of recycling it. We could use tires for tire swings, or steps, or even planters. We could build more convenient recycling plants for things like batteries, florescent light bulbs, latex pant, oil, and stuff like that. that way they don’t get thrown in land fills that are a cause of pollution.

Reducing car emissions means to drive cars less or to have less cars driving. When we drive our cars the gas we use goes into the air changing our air temperature. To reduce driving, we could ride our bike or carpool to wherever we’re going (like work or school). Car emissions are very bad for the ozone layer and help in causing the destruction of the ozone layer.

To use reusable energy we could use hybrid cars so we can at least use less gas. Also we can reduce the amount of power plants and replace them with wind power energy producers. The power plants put out stuff that destroys our ozone lair, witch makes the planet hotter. We could put the windmills in large fields and with city's like LA, that don't have those, we can put them on top of the big buildings. We could also pick up trash and Recycle more.The pollution we make also harms the ozone lair, witch causes global warming.

So I think if we ride our bikes, use windmills, pick up trash, recycle, reuse, and widmills more and use cars and power plants less, we could change the climate for the better.

Mercy Corps Climate Change - TS

Tangible Ideas for the Community
I think if we could require big factories to use solar panels for power instead of coal and other pollutant resources. Also if we encourage bicycle or man power transportation it can give Americans a chance to lose weight, which is a good thing. Or we can use water as our source of energy for the community because of the rain we could get it, it could easily be used as a low pay energy source. Or perhaps it doesn't have to be that complicated it could be as easy as carpooling like for example asking your neighbors if there going to the grocery store when you are or have a set routine. Tangible ideas are difficult for me because my non tangible idea would be something like shutting down all the fast food chains and turn them into food banks but people who run those companies just want to make money. Its pretty disappointing that that's all that want to do is make money. I hope the idea makes the community a better place.
We could easily slow down pollution just by turning off the water while you brush your teeth and that an everyday thing. Or instead of letting the water run so it gets cold but instead just getting the all the water that comes out if its not cold enough just add some ice. Also if you use a sprinkler have it only on for 10 minutes instead of 30 minutes or an hour. Or you could take a bus or max to school instead of a car or even a bike. There are so many things you could do its unreal. unplugging your charger on your phone when your not using it. I hope this gave you ideas on how to help our community be a better place.

Mercy Corps Climate Change - AH

What are some tangible (concrete; can be seen) solutions in our everyday
life to mitigate (lessen or soften) the effects of climate change in our community
and around the globe? We can take public transportation such as buses, and
maxes. Vs driving are cars with only one or two people in it. We can recycle
more. Also we can ride are bikes, and walk, and jog from place to place. We can
light fires in are fireplace only when we need to. We can stop wasting electricity,
because we burn Cole to get it. We can use all of the space on are paper so we
use less and there for they don’t cut down as many trees so that means that the
trees will catch more carbon and pollution in the air. These are all things that we
can do as an individual to stop or lessen global climate change.

As a community we can make more bus routes and more max
transportation and we can build more safer bike routes and come up with
different styles of public transportations. This would encourage people to ride
their bikes, walk, jog, and so on, instead of driving cars. Or as a community we
can ride with friends to work and or to school and back. That way you save gas
and money all in one, and get to ride and talk to some one on the way to work
and from work. As a community we can recycle more and throw away less.
These are just a couple of suggestions that we can do as a community to help
stop global climate change, there are so many more thing that we can do as a
community but I don’t wont to over whelm you, because every small thing counts.

Around the globe there are many things that people are doing to help
stop globe climate change, but here are some things that I think will help stop
global climate change. We can stop fighting wars, because we use fire to malt
the bullets, guns, and other stuff, plus when are grenade or bombs go’s off it
releases fire, smoke, and ash in to the air. Did you know there’s a law that you
are only allowed to pilot this much unless you own a forest. I think we should only
allowed people to only polluted enough to keep and to get to and back from work
and that you are able to pollute more if you own forest, so to make that law a little
more strict.

Mercy Corps Climate Change - LA

There are tons of solutions to help the world. A hard, but possible solution would be to adapt the weather changes. We could improve the storage so they can store more food. We could use drip-irrigation. They could improve their utilization. They could give away more food. They could give away more water and help others grow more food. They could improve their education so that they can learn how to use certain tools at certain times. Doctors might be able to help the people by teaching them how to cure disease or a wounds. Maybe even train their animals where to go potty and not near a water source. And they could improve their food security.

First of all, we can stop pollution Factories can make less pollution We can save our energy. We cut down the time with the showers. We can use less water for dishes. We can get eco-friendly items. We could try to not waste any food. We can cover all of our leftover foods. Give food to the needy. Adopt kids that are from other countries. Don’t litter the ground and water. Not using a lot of car-activity. Try to use less electricity. Doing more outdoor-activities. Don’t do things that require a lot of energy. Volunteer at any animal shelters and homeless shelters. Export large quantities of food, water, and medicine to other countries in need. Give away supplies to foster kids. Make fundraisers and donations. Pick up litter around beaches.

We could recycle a lot of things. We could even upcycle. We could donate cans to R.E.A.L Exhibit. Believe it or not, we could clean the waters. We could save money by reusing things. We could get creative and use our imagination. Maybe even teach others to be creative with their stuff. We could also teach people about pollution and what harm it does to us, our community, and our environment. And then they might be able to spread the word to others and get more to care about the planet. We could teach people to go green. We might even to convince others to stop pollution and treat some of the damage that was left by pollution. It’s possible, but highly unlikely, that we could stop some factories from making pollution, or at least reduce the amount of pollution. Well these are some suggestions. I’m sure there’s more to add to this, but this is all I can think of.

Mercy Corps Climate Change - MMa

Mercy Corps

-February 2, 2011-

This past Wednesday, my class went on another informative trip to Mercy Corps! This time, our focus was on climate change. The subject of climate change is well known, and even more known as ‘Global Warming’, which in fact is a false title. Climate change doesn't effect everyone equally though. I, myself experience little to
none of the effects of climate change, unlike the people of Niger, a country in west Africa. Within the last few years, a major water source for Niger, Lake Chad, the third largest lake in Africa, dried up to the point that it wasn't even in their country anymore! Now if that isn't bad, I don't know what is.

So, in Mercy Corps, they posed the question, "What are some tangible solutions in the everyday life to mitigate the effects of climate change in our community and the world?" The question itself seems so large, complicated and plan out intimidating, but really it just means "How can you be a little more eco-friendly in your life?". When I here this I think, 'Use less water', and ' Don't waste energy'. Simply taking shorter showers, or only using the necessary amount of water when brushing you teeth can be the answer. The answer for me is simple, just save what you can. Turning of lights when you leave a room, unplugging electronics when they aren't in use, even the littlest things will help. As a regular person, as a child I cannot change the
world, but as me, I can do my part.

Though, on a larger scale, from the point of a world leader or something, I could do a ton more. If I were able to, I would get a large group of world renown scientists to begin creating blue prints, models and such for extreme solar, hydro, and bio electricity systems. Where we could harness at least 10x more power from each. With this energy, we could power alternative transportation, such as subways, tram, etc. Which would save fuel, and our atmosphere. But for now, this won’t happen, for two reasons. Number one, I am not a world leader. Number two, this would cost a lot of money. Apparently, the movement cares more about money than a future.

Mercy Corps Climate Change - DK

What are some tangible solution in our everyday life to mitigrate the effect of climate change in our community and around the globe or world? It is hard to grow food if you do not have rain or water near your crops. If you do not have food, water, and rain than you will die and your crops or plants will die too. Our guy at MeryCorps was a herder and he really needed ensure environ metalstainability and eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. Plus HIV/AIDS malaria and other diseases. He needed food, water(for family and sheep too), rain, and crops to feed his people or family too.

Weather can be altered different from usual seasons. It also effects humans over using and poluting our resources. And a harmful problem causal by pollution. Climate change can effect humankind and can be the greatest threat too. Climate change can be pollution. The video that we watched about climate change was awesome.

There are eight different things that can change climate change. The first one is one is Achieve universal primary education. The second one is Develop a global partnership for development. The third one is Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. The forth one is Promate gender equality and empower women. The fifth one is Combat HIV/AIDS malaria and other diseases. The sixth one is Improve maternal health. Last but not least, number seven, Reduce child mortality. I forgot the eighth one?

Niger has a big problem. They do not have water because Lake Chad was the third largest lake but now it is,the smallest I think. And it shrank to the lowest point. Lake Chad is not in Niger and Chad because it is in another country. Niger has a problem with their crops because of the drought and locusts that ate all of their food and crops. Niger has to go get water for their family and crops too. Also Chad had to go get water, food, and crops. Why was it called Lake Chad?

There are a lot of people in the world that do not have any water at all. People can’t serve without food because it is very hard to go get it in other country or city. The United States of America has poverty too. It’s hard to get somewhere safe and protected too. There’s a place in downtown Portland that shares a place to stay. You have to leave the next day to find a job or something to do while you are outside.


Mercy Corps Climate Change - SM

A tangible solution to mitigate the effects of climate change

A solution to climate change is to not pollute. If no one pollutes there would not be any climate change. If every one recycles that would also help climate change. If no one is helping you, and nothing is working then change things you don’t need or use into things that can help your work. You should also store food and water for droughts. You should use bikes instead of cars. Turn off lights when you leave a room. Replace factories with wind turbines. You could use organic materials. Don’t waste food, and carpool more often. Those are some ways to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Mercy Corps Climate Change - CJam

Save Our Planet

Hey, back with another blog. So it seems that the environment ain’t doing so well and because of that, the poverty rate has sky rocketing. So we have to come up with some solutions by answering this question: what are some tangible solutions in our everyday life to mitigate the effects of climate change in our community and around the globe.
Now I know What your thinking,”how can the environment be able to effect poverty?” Well it is, for example, the country of Niger was once a thriving country because of the water supply they got from Lake Chad, Africa’s (former) third largest lake, but from 1963 to 1998, most of the lake dried up and now it’s not even within Niger’s borders. So we all need to come up with some solutions to help the environment.
We can make it the law to plant like at least seven trees after cutting down one. We can stop factories from polluting the air and water. we can power houses with solar panels and/or with windmills. We can conserve energy. Use less oil, coal, gasoline, fossil fuel, etc. Turn off the power to electronics when not being used. Shut off the water when not needed. We can also use other alternative fuels for power such as geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass, etc. We can also make vehicles that run on alternative fuels. We can switch to natural refrigerants, so we can have both cool food and not eating the planet. We can Ride bikes or walk more often instead of taking the car or bus or train. We can use less hot water. We can use a compact fluorescent light bulbs(the twirly light bulbs).
And those are just the few of many things that would make a difference and help stop climate change and put an end to poverty. We can make a difference, we just gotta pitch in. So please try to make at least one of the suggestions I gave a reality. Or you can come up with one on your own, ether way we’ll make a difference, and save millions of lives.

Mercy Corps Climate Change - RM

Mercy Corps Blog (climate) :

We can use less pollution in our daily lives. We could use more natural things like the paper we use and stuff, which will also use less pollution. So that even if the climate effects certain parts of the world it won’t as bad, because there is less pollution. And there would be less things to hard it, it would only be the climate and we would play as big of a part in the destruction of the world. So we could get certain corporations to use less things that pollute the earth. And get them not to give off as many fumes that are harmful to the world. And we could use more sunlight for stuff instead of electricity. And we could do the little things like turn off lights when we leave a room. Or we could use recycled pencils or paper. We also could remember to recycles our plastic grocery bags and paper ones as well. Because the little things count. And we could make sure we through our trash in the garbage or recycle instead of just tossing them around on the ground. Because we really need to help to not pollute the earth. We could volunteer at places that go around and pick up trash and stuff to help our community. Because if we don’t do something about all the pollution and stuff then the world and our home could like slowly disintegrate. because all of the animals would die, and the plants would no longer be able to live in such a polluted environment and if all the plants die then all the people die. Because we need them to breath. So doing all these little or big things to help the world, environment, or just your community are not just saving the world but their saving you too. And that's all I got.