Eric Parsons

Redding, CA, United States

Someone is shy

Eric hasn't completed a profile. Should we look for some other people?

Comments & conversations

Noface
Eric Parsons
Posted about 3 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
You bring up a great point. Zoos should play a role in conservation and as you proved I think they are putting their best effort out. Zoos are incredibly important liaisons to the public who may not be aware of conservation issues and they can often provide simple things the public can do to reduce their biological impact.
Noface
Eric Parsons
Posted about 3 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
I think that you are on to something with the joint effort between zoos and conservation organization. Zoos have the ability to bring in people both educating and entertaining them on the matter of conservation, while the conservation organization can raise funds and deal with the policy making. Ultimately for conservation efforts to truly be successful, everyone will need to work together. So the sooner key organizations come together, the faster progress will occur.
Noface
Eric Parsons
Posted about 3 years ago
From ivory tower to prison cell: How can we bring conservation efforts to the public?
I do agree that if our education system is teaching effectively that our next generation will understand the concepts of conservation. But I do not think this is occurring effectively all across the United States. Curriculum varies between states and without educators who have been educated in conservation the task seems nearly impossible without reforming how kids are being taught.
Noface
Eric Parsons
Posted about 3 years ago
From ivory tower to prison cell: How can we bring conservation efforts to the public?
I completely agree with your point. There is a problem with payouts for conservation efforts however. Money is tight and conservation would not be a problem if we had enough money to make it go away. For that reason conservation is an extremely complicated issue to approach. It is much easier for people to turn a blind eye to the subject and make no actions. Programs which raise awareness and educate people are key to the success of conservation and that is why this prison program could be very useful.
Noface
Eric Parsons
Posted about 3 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
I agree with your point of view. Additionally, the actions of extremist groups tend to push individuals further away from supporting the cause. In the case of the individuals the extremist group is acting out against the actions cause callusing which ultimately closes their minds to any idea of change. Extremist groups need to cater more to the middle ground if they want efficient and effective change.
Noface
Eric Parsons
Posted about 3 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
In addition to the increase levels of environmental harm some extremist movements cause, they also negatively change the perception that the average citizen feels about the subject. When extremist groups do very drastic or harmful demonstrations it pushes the middle ground away further and further and ultimately it is the middle ground that will end up swaying legislation or popular favor in a particular direction. For example when PETA was throwing red paint on celebrities wearing fur, average people felt that supporters were extremists and alienated them. PETA's new "I'd rather be naked than wear fur" campaign is much more subtle and tends to be favored much more by the average citizen.
Noface
Eric Parsons
Posted about 3 years ago
If green roofs were mandatory in cities would there be less development and building?
I agree that we should be looking into the future and not solely focus on short term natural disaster scenarios. Although, short term disasters can be very devastating, long term disasters may make short term problems obsolete. In addition, green roofs may not drastically change the engineering problems a building faces meaning that in many cases no additional structural changes may need to be made.
Noface
Eric Parsons
Posted about 3 years ago
If green roofs were mandatory in cities would there be less development and building?
Although it will increase the upfront cost of development, it may decrease the cost over time and will definitely decrease the negative environmental impact. To alleviate the upfront cost perhaps a government assistance program could be implemented. Additionally, the costs of adding a green roof to a development project probably would not exclude a large percentage of the market. Green roofs may even inspire a new type of development which is ultra efficient to minimize the extra cost of a green roof.
Noface
Eric Parsons
Posted about 3 years ago
Should Cannabis be legalized as a medicine?
The majority of the responses favor the legalization of medical marijuana. My greatest concern about this is the regulation. I believe that the only way for medical marijuana to ever gain true acceptance, true pharmaceutical grade regulation must occur. This would mean that clinical trials would need to be conducted and the quality of the product would need to be ensured. Many dispensaries currently get their medical marijuana from backyard growers which puts the customers at risk for buying a below grade product. In addition, the current trend of passing out prescriptions without due cause also takes away from the effort. Both prescription pills and medical marijuana cards are abused which significantly detracts from the legalization of medical marijuana as it already has a negative connotation.
Noface
Eric Parsons
Posted about 3 years ago
What is more important: Our drugs or our ecosystems?
I believe that pharmaceutical companies would have to regulate the impact or create more environmentally friendly drugs. I say this because it is nearly impossible to think of a situation where an individual who depends on a drug which benefits them. This naturally may not be the best situation but its probably the most realist. The consumer can however help pressure pharmaceutical companies to create drugs with less impact. It appears that pharmaceutical companies may not ever need to change as so many depend on them much like oil companies have little reason to change until the oil dries up.