Ellen Ingamells

Portland, OR, United States

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Ellen Ingamells
Posted about 3 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
I didn't mean to come off as saying that zoos are a good conservation tool for reintroduction. I think they're a good tool for education but they have such a small gene pool and create such bad unnatural behaviors in their animals that they should not be reintroduced from there.
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Ellen Ingamells
Posted about 3 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
I agree that zoos can serve this function. Often times the problem is that zoos preserve a gene pool that is too small to keep the species alive or reinvigorate it. This is a possible area of technique and management that needs to be reexamined so that zoos can act as conservation sites successfully.
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Ellen Ingamells
Posted about 3 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
For some species zoos can act as a safe haven, keeping them from extinction, and for many individuals zoos just mean a life of captivity. However I think the main value of zoos is that they a) create a human-animal relationship that drives people to protect many charismatic species and b) provide that opportunity for a human-animal connection away from areas that need to be conserved and stay untouched. By diverting public attention away from the hot spots we are trying to protect (like the National Park in the United States) we are keeping those areas from being degraded by human visitors.
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Ellen Ingamells
Posted about 3 years ago
From ivory tower to prison cell: How can we bring conservation efforts to the public?
But is conservation enough? In making conservation trendy what is the definition of conservation we are using and what tactics/strategy are we using to accomplish which goals? Getting popular support for a group or idea is completely possible, but without a call to action and a real definition of what we're striving to do awareness just creates potential energy, not the real change that the Sustainable Prisons Project strives for.
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Ellen Ingamells
Posted about 3 years ago
From ivory tower to prison cell: How can we bring conservation efforts to the public?
Education requirements for high school and university students would also spread basic environmental principles, as would focusing the attentions of programs like Americorp and Foodcorp on sustainability so that people can gain real life experience while being educated. I think for programs like this to be really successful though the actions they are taking need to be determined from a more centric point. Goal and strategy setting are necessary for any kind of planetary sustainability to be attained.
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Ellen Ingamells
Posted about 3 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
I guess I was using the market as an example of nonviolent action. Changing people's behaviors changes their consumer habits changes the products that are made removes environmentally harmful products from the market. Though there are definitely other ways of having non-violent action I think we see most of their ramifications in market changes.
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Ellen Ingamells
Posted about 3 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
Oh Matt, co-directing the CJL with you is going to be a blast! We took completely different stances on this issue (though neither of us is strongly for or against extremist tactics). Maybe we should discuss this issue in terms of the change we as students want to see... like a carbon neutral campus by 2020. It's not going to happen because of our administrators, but attacking the administrators (I mean that in the most figurative way) wouldn't change the situation except to get us new admin who are still just as slow and bureaucratic. Ignoring the education component, a public campaign that is media heavy and attacks the institution where it hurts would be much more effective than egging Steve Mital's car. LTEs in the Oregonian this summer?
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Ellen Ingamells
Posted about 3 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
The change caused be extremists is most often short term and surface change. They attack the symptoms of problems not the root of the problem. If you wanted to stop this country's dependence on oil, you would not drive to Texas and tear down oil wells one at a time. A) that's a symptom and B) it only incurs a short term change. Real change that is meaningful and permanent happens through the changing behavior of the American public. "Peaceful" campaigns can be extremely public and aggressive, like if Occupy had a mission statement with tangible actions.
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Ellen Ingamells
Posted about 3 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
Extremist tactics are the downfall of grassroots organizing. Instead of looking for the most direct solution to a problem eco-terrorist attack the symptoms of problems (like the whaling ships instead of the whaling industry). Often times these tactics also cause more environmental damage than just letting the process happen would, for instance when all of those ski lodges were being burnt down in Colorado, they still got built it just took three or four times as much equipment, timber, and carbon emissions. Non-violent protest and campaigning can cause a lot more change, and actually changes behaviors permanently instead of causing temporary rage or frustration. As long as we live in the society we do we must look for change within the market, and change behaviors and life styles that way.