Brooke Bilyeu

Eugene, OR, United States

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University of Oregon environmental studies major

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Brooke Bilyeu
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
I agree that the focus on conservation should be outside the realm of zoos. There are much more effective measure that can be taken to promote biodiversity such as conservation of biodiversity hotspots. There is so little money going toward this field already we need to be careful where each dollar goes.
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Brooke Bilyeu
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
I agree with Molly. We cannot say that zoo's are merely there for the animals sake, in the name of preservation. They are businesses just like anything else. If there was a greater emphasis on how the animals got into the zoo and the changes that are happening to their native habitats due to humans, then they would be more beneficial to the animals themselves. I think too often zoo-goers only think about how the zoos are helping the individual animals in the facility instead of what needs to be done to help their populations in general.
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Brooke Bilyeu
Posted almost 2 years ago
From ivory tower to prison cell: How can we bring conservation efforts to the public?
I agree that putting in programs like this in elementary schools would be beneficial. I think there must also be target areas such as cities and low income areas. In Oregon we are very lucky to have a good amount of wildlife per person. Other places are not so lucky. I know that growing up in the country helped shape my views on nature. Giving more people this opportunity would hopefully lead to a better future.
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Brooke Bilyeu
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
After reading through some comments it seems that there is a consensus that extremist tactics are not the answer. Is there anyone who thinks that they are necessary? It seems that the phrasing of the question also is partial to saying extremist actions are negative as well as the structure of social norms.
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Brooke Bilyeu
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
I agree with your point that when you force someone into something they are more likely to resist. For example I have no problem cleaning my house but when my roommate tries to force me to clean I automatically don't want to do it. There are much better ways of handling things than force. Legislation without consequences built in is often enough to keep people from doing something that is harmful.
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Brooke Bilyeu
Posted almost 2 years ago
Should shark fishing be banned?
You propose a very good idea. There are several treaties in place currently that deal with fishing on an international basis. While they may be helping slow down overfishing, it seems that this may not be enough. A lot of damage is still done because of illegal fishing. The best way to combat this is with labeling of the product and awareness. There is an app for iPhone called Seafood Watch that helps you identify ocean friendly seafood. This is a good step forward at least, although much more needs to be done.
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Brooke Bilyeu
Posted almost 2 years ago
Should shark fishing be banned?
While I think in theory a ban on shark finning is a good idea, it is not an effective policy solution. If there is a demand there will always be a supply so the solution is to change the demand. This could be achieved through commercially grown sharks for this purpose or through education and a substitute for the shark fin in medicine. I think it important that cultural knowledge and practices stay intact but not at the expense of a vital part of the ocean ecosystem.
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Brooke Bilyeu
Posted almost 2 years ago
If green roofs were mandatory in cities would there be less development and building?
I think the University of Oregon would be an amazing place to start a green roofs program. We currently have a sustainability initiative and this seems like a logical next step especially with the work that Jessica Green of the biology department is doing in partnership with the architecture school. It would be interesting to find out how many current building could be retrofit for green roofs on campus as well as how to initiate a mandate for all new buildings.
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Brooke Bilyeu
Posted almost 2 years ago
If green roofs were mandatory in cities would there be less development and building?
I do not think that green roofs would limit building. Building cost are already high and adjusting for a green roof would not add that much cost relative to the cost of the whole building. I personally think green roofs should be mandatory for all new buildings, especially new government buildings. If the government started adopting green policies such as this it would have a positive effect on the industry and the environment. Green roofs are also very beneficial for pollination. If green roof companies created an alliance with pollination biologists and honey producers we could slow the decline of honey bees.