Casey Gibbons

Eugene, OR, United States

About Casey

Languages

English, Spanish

Universities

University of Oregon

Comments & conversations

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Casey Gibbons
Posted about 3 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
Unfortunately I think the most important aspect of a zoo is the human-animal relationship which is a negative attribute when releasing an animal into the wild because the humans would be imprinted on the animals. Also the zoo would have to change their method of feeding so they can learn to hunt on their own instead of relying on humans to bring their food to them.
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Casey Gibbons
Posted about 3 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
I had never thought about the charismatic aspect of zoos to help people want to save the animals. But using the zoo as a conservation tool itself, I don't know about that. I'm not sure how able the animals would be to hunt for their food after relying on human feeding. I don't think the reintroduction of the animals would be very successful, we all know how the Keiko incident turned out..
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Casey Gibbons
Posted about 3 years ago
From ivory tower to prison cell: How can we bring conservation efforts to the public?
I could not agree with you more. I too watched Captain Planet and I remember that the problems they faced portrayed real-life examples and somewhat realistic solutions, such as it was never Captain Planet alone that could take on these huge environmental issues, but it took a team effort of all the Planeteers showing how ever a superhero cannot resolve the world issues, but it takes many people to promote change. Along the lines of cartoons, I also remember a very catchy "R-E-C-Y-C-L-E" song from 90's cartoon Rocko's Modern Life that sang about pollution and the depleting O-Zone layer. It not only made the young viewers aware of the issues, but it also showed ways the viewers could help the issue, and if they learn at such a young age, the process of recycling and smart consumer-ship will become natural as they grow up. For those interested, here is a YouTube link to the song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEpG3UsKv54
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Casey Gibbons
Posted about 3 years ago
Do extremist tactics push environmentalism forwards or backwards?
This view is very different from many of the others here. I do agree that the extremist get most of the attention and shed light on the actual event; this is why you can watch "whale wars" on TV and not some peaceful group of activists. It does help in getting the attention of the general public, and may lead them to act upon the issues as well in their own way. There is no such thing as bad press.
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Casey Gibbons
Posted about 3 years ago
If green roofs were mandatory in cities would there be less development and building?
I do not think green roofs shouldnbecome mandatory, though I could see it being strongly encouraged such as on top of apartment complexes in large cities where you know at least of the tenants would care for the plants and it would give a common space for neighbors to hang out and enjoy the nature scene together since they would not have a backyard. It would also be beneficial on hospital roofs for patients who cannot leave the premises of the building or for those visiting long hours. A fear I have about making green roofs mandatory is that I know many people would not have the time to care for the plants and it would be an eye sore for neighbors. There are already people who do not care for their lawns, shrubs and trees in their front yard and I would imagine it would cause some complaints in a residential neighborhood.
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Casey Gibbons
Posted about 3 years ago
Should shark fishing be banned?
I would totally support shark fisheries as I feel a big issue will be ethics. I think besides the demise of different shark species, the biggest problem is just cultural differences; similar to how we raise cattle for the sole purpose of consuming their flesh in the US whereas others in certain religious groups would be against the methods of the United States. The application of shark fisheries would not only allow for the Chinese to make their soup, but also save the local sharks from predation.
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Casey Gibbons
Posted about 3 years ago
Should Cannabis be legalized as a medicine?
I do not think the legality of the drug would be the biggest issue, but how the drug is bought and sold without reaching those who will sell the drug for recreational use. I think the method of administering the right to grow your own plants should not be allowed, the patient should have to request a prescription and refill it at a pharmacy to control the amount released to the public. This is because there are those irresponsible people who will grow more than needed and give the extra to someone for resale and in turn be used not as a health aid, but as a possibly dangerous recreational activity. Any attempt to lower the excess drug to the public, the better. If they can legalize it while controlling its distribution, I see no problem in the legalization of marijuana.