Heath Jones

Eugene, OR, United States

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Heath Jones
Posted about 3 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
I agree with your point that zoo's need a large natural population source to ensure proper genetic diversity of the organism's they hold. If zoo's don't play an active role in preserving species outside of their boundaries, the health of the captive animals will decline as well due to reduced genetic diversity. Zoos are a great platform for gaining public interest in conservation since the experience of seeing unique animals up close is pretty powerful.
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Heath Jones
Posted about 3 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
Zoos do educate people about some of the unique organisms this planet has. Furthermore, individuals may take an active role in conserving an organism if they are actually able to see it in person. However, zoos need to focus on conservation outside of the boundaries for a variety of reasons. If the natural population of an organism goes extinct and there are only captive animals remaining, the zoo population will not have the genetic diversity needed to survive in captivity for very long. Therefore, it's important for zoos to educate the public and help conserve the animals they hold in captivity.
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Heath Jones
Posted about 3 years ago
From ivory tower to prison cell: How can we bring conservation efforts to the public?
As others have said, education at a young age will be critical to form proper conservation practices in the future. However, there is a very strong need to implement more sustainable practices now to ensure that future generations will have access to the resources we have today. One way to implement conservation changes now is to offer large companies significant economic incentives to adopt sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. Changes at the corporate level would go a long way in conserving our planet. Similarly, citizens could receive tax breaks and other economic incentives to adopt sustainable practices. We all have heard that our current lifestyle will be unsustainable, yet little change has been adopted. By giving economic incentives to people and companies that use sustainable practices, I believe conservation would be implemented at a more global scale.
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Heath Jones
Posted about 3 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
I agree that violence will usually turn the public off on the movement and distract the public from the real issue at hand. With the internet, education campaigns can spread much more quickly than ever before; from videos on Youtube, to conversations in forums and other social media sites, there are many ways the public can become informed on a vital environmental issue.
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Heath Jones
Posted about 3 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
Extreme and violent tactics are both immoral and ineffective. The general public will be much less likely to follow a group if they use violent tactics to get their point across. I do think that movements should have the freedom to protest and inform the public through the media and internet, but resorting to violence won't make the issue go away. However, bringing about change through a peaceful environmental movement can be difficult since change generally has to occur at the level of government.
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Heath Jones
Posted about 3 years ago
Should shark fishing be banned?
I think it's important that you brought up how shark attacks on humans are very rare, because their conservation efforts may be hindered by misconceptions, such as that sharks actively seek humans for food. More people would support shark conservation if they understood that sharks generally don't pose any threats to humans.
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Heath Jones
Posted about 3 years ago
If green roofs were mandatory in cities would there be less development and building?
I agree, if the savings from heating and air conditioning take many years to match the upfront cost of the home, people will go with the standard home that is much cheaper. I think most people are becoming more aware about the human impact on the environment, but until the cost of green technology becomes affordable to everyone, we will stick with the cheaper option that causes greater environmental harm.
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Heath Jones
Posted about 3 years ago
If green roofs were mandatory in cities would there be less development and building?
I think green roofs are a good idea since it would reduce energy demand and the cost of heating and cooling the building. However, I don't think developers, if given a choice, would use green roofs if the upfront cost was too high. If the upfront cost is high, that cost would then be passed on to tenants at residential buildings. The fact is that unless developers are forced to, they will go with the cheaper alternative to make more money. But, I think green roofing and other sustainable building practices will gain favor among developers as the upfront cost continues to decrease.
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Heath Jones
Posted about 3 years ago
Should shark fishing be banned?
I think an outright ban on shark finning and fishing will be difficult to accomplish since it would take away the livelihood of many people. However, I do believe that sustainable shark finning and fishing can be achieved. Since sharks are top marine predators, there extinction would most likely cause major disruptions in marine ecosytems, such as the overabundance of species that are normally held in check by sharks. It would require a large, multi-nation effort to strictly impose shark fishing and finning regulations. But the benefit of preserving sharks is that marine ecosytems will be preserved and humans will be able to maintain their livelihood for many generations.