Theresa Berkovich

Eugene, OR, United States

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Theresa Berkovich
Posted about 2 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
I agree! Many zoos have breeding programs that the public does not know about, but alot of the money that goes to the zoo goes into these programs and to other conservation efforts including eductationg about these animals that need to be saved and I couldn't agree more about how it does lead people to want to become things such as biologist or other careers that could one day contribute to animal conservation again.
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Theresa Berkovich
Posted about 2 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
I'm refering the the question posed in the ted conversation above "Is the role of the zoo to showcase and educate the public about the organisms they keep in captivity or should they also focus on conservation outside zoo boundaries?"
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Theresa Berkovich
Posted about 2 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
Having done an internship that relates exactly to this really hits home for me. I think that how this question is being looked at is completely wrong. There is more that goes on behind the scenes in a zoo than just showcasing an animal. At the St. Louis zoo, I studied mating behaviors of the Grevy's zebra, the most endangered out of all of the zebras. We did mating behavior research to help us learn exactly when, how, and what is causing mating. All of the research that is being done there is to help rebuild the population in a closed environment such as a zoo in order to help us reintroduce them into the wild. Therefore, zoos are directly working on conservation “outside of the zoo” also. Zoos are used for more than just looking at animals. If you look into any zoo program I guarantee you there is a research aspect to their program designed specifically on conservation of some of the species they have.
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Theresa Berkovich
Posted about 2 years ago
From ivory tower to prison cell: How can we bring conservation efforts to the public?
I think that for this to happen you must show people that it really matters. With all of the other movements that people can get behind, you have to show the public why this is the most important. People are likely to only support a certain number of causes and with all of the movements out there you have to make yours stand out. Media is a great way to share the importance of your movement, but it cannot stop there. A movement has to be like idea, it has to spread and it has to continue to spread and evolve as it goes, otherwise it is likely to fail.
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Theresa Berkovich
Posted about 2 years ago
From ivory tower to prison cell: How can we bring conservation efforts to the public?
All I have to say is "KONY 2012"... I think this is a clear example of how a movement can sound like a really great idea, but it also shows how easily a movment can die. I don't think getting movments started is the problem and I don't think that getting public support is the problem. However, in a society with a short attention span, the question is how to do keep a movement going once you have the support of the public. I think that ongoing education about the subject such as the one in the prision is the key component in bringing these topics to the public and is the key to making them successful.
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Theresa Berkovich
Posted about 2 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
I don't think that anyone is really to blame. I think that they are doing this because they feel like no one is controlling or enforcing law on the issue and so they have to step in and do something. I feel like there is an equal responsiblilty to be shared between the protesters, the ones committing the "crime", those who are suppose to enforce the "crime", and society for not creating specific laws about what is considered acceptable and what is not.
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Theresa Berkovich
Posted about 2 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
Although I do not agree with the extreme tactics, I do agree with the fact that they draw attentinon. For example with whale wars, if they had not used the tactics that they do, they probably would not have ever gotten a deal with a television network. If they had not gotten that deal, a lot of the United States would still be really naive about the subject of whaling.
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Theresa Berkovich
Posted about 2 years ago
If green roofs were mandatory in cities would there be less development and building?
I do think that green roofs are a great idea and would increase the biodiversity of a neighborhood and help with energy efficiency. However, I do wonder about the risks of making this mandatory. I feel that if developers are to continue building at the rate they are going now in order to maintain their business and at the same time to implement green roofs, they might cut corners elsewhere. It is no surprise that construction sites go up as fast as possible because it is what will make them the most money. If you require them to add on green roofs and all of the extra work and special materials that go along with building a green roof, I fear that corners will be cut elsewhere and therefore possible cause a greater risk than the green roofs are worth.
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Theresa Berkovich
Posted about 2 years ago
Should shark fishing be banned?
I do think managing the amount of catch with permits is a good idea. However, how do you determine who gets a permit and who doesn't if there are only so many sharks that can be fished out there. The reason that there is a decline in numbers is because there are too many people fishing for them because of the demand. Do you think that increasing the market price of shark fins would cause the demand to go down and therefore the overall fishing statistics to go down?