Nathan Heidt

Eugene, OR, United States

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Nathan Heidt
Posted about 3 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
I totally agree that zoos need a change in focus. Instead of simply displaying the animals, more in-depth information should be visible for visitors to learn details about the animals and their natural ecosystems. By making zoos a more informative place, rather than tourist traps, they would have an impact on conservation efforts. This way they would not have to change completely to a conservation-oriented operation but remain a viable business that also helps the larger context of the animal kingdom.
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Nathan Heidt
Posted about 3 years ago
From ivory tower to prison cell: How can we bring conservation efforts to the public?
I agree that allowing prisoners to get outside the prison walls and into the community could be just the rehabilitation that our justice system needs. This way, they would be spending their time helping others and maybe gaining a new perspective on life at the same time. This system must be fairly strict though because I don't feel that prisoners should be treated as slave labor, but allowing them to do things like volunteer work does not seem like a bad thing to me.
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Nathan Heidt
Posted about 3 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
It is interesting to me that extremist actions can actually turn people away from a cause. Maybe this should be acknowledged by more of these sorts of groups because ideally they really are trying to turn public perception but in reality they can be doing just the opposite. Unfortunately, the less aggressive groups never get as much attention as the extremists so, like you said, both types of activists are vital to any cause.
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Nathan Heidt
Posted about 3 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
I think this is a really good point. While I usually tend to think extremist groups are counter-productive, I never acknowledged their usefulness in drawing attention to a larger cause. The example of the Black Panther movement is interesting to me because it really carries over to current environmental problems. While some extremist groups are really "out there" in their approach, they are still bringing awareness to a larger cause, which I generally think is a good thing.
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Nathan Heidt
Posted about 3 years ago
If green roofs were mandatory in cities would there be less development and building?
Not only are green roofs great for reducting HVAC costs but they also have implications for global climate change. If new roofs were installed on new private homes, these places would have substantially less carbon emissions than houses without green roofs. The green roofs will be photosynthesizing constantly, making them extremely beneficial. If homeowners are only looking at the short term consequences of green roofs, they might not be as appealing but all the long term benefits are so great, it seems to me like they outweigh any bad things that could arise.
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Nathan Heidt
Posted about 3 years ago
If green roofs were mandatory in cities would there be less development and building?
It seems like this could be a very promising idea for future developments. If each case is looked at as an individual and the plans were drawn up specifically for the development, the outcome would be great. Not only would heating and cooling costs be reduced but green roofs would also allow for less heat to be reflected off of rooftops, which happens far too much right now. If green roof development was put into place it would be very important to customize each plan for the locality. If the plants are not chosen correctly, the green roof could be costing more than it is worth.
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Nathan Heidt
Posted about 3 years ago
Should Cannabis be legalized as a medicine?
This seems like the main argument for most people but it is not as simple as most seem to think. Legalizing weed would instantly take away power, money and influence from the tobacco, pharmaceutical and alcohol industries. To me, it makes a lot more sense that these industries fighting to keep marijuana illegal is what is preventing marijuana from having an economic impact rather than the government's unwillingness to make it legal. You are definitely right when you say money is at the root of this discussion but the groups that are fighting for legalization have a lot less than those fighting to keep it illegal and surrounded by social stigmas.
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Nathan Heidt
Posted about 3 years ago
Given that chimpanzees are endangered, is it ethical to use them in biomedical research?
I see nothing wrong with breeding chimps for medical research if it shows promise in helping to cure a disease. If chimps in the wild were the only source of research subjects, then I would have a much bigger problem with this. If these animals are being treated lawfully, then research should not be stopped just because they are endangered. This research gives the chimps even more value then they already have because if the wild populations are gone then this valuable medical research could be lost along with the chimps.
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Nathan Heidt
Posted about 3 years ago
What are ecosystem services that you rely on everyday? Are you willing to pay for them?
i think the principle of buying organic over industrial agriculture still sets a precedent of better consumer practices. I do agree with your statement about needing to build up local economies in order to ween our society off of fossil fuels. A self-sufficient, local economy seems to me as the most logical and feasible option for directions to move society in. The building of a localized economy will also rebuild people's sense of community and willingness to do their part to make their town/city/hometown a better place for all.