Allison Walter

Eugene, OR, United States

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Allison Walter
Posted about 3 years ago
Do zoos help biodiversity conservation?
Personally, I've always had the perception that zoo's not only care about the animals that they are holding in the exhibits, but they are also aware of the conservation processes that need to happen in order to save the species. To my experience, most individuals who work at a zoo are animals lovers and work to educate society about human threats and risks of extinction.
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Allison Walter
Posted about 3 years ago
If green roofs were mandatory in cities would there be less development and building?
Theresa, you make a very valid point. Today, our society is big on being cost efficient. A building company would care more about the initial cost then saving earths biodiversity, simply because it is just not their job. If green roofs were to become mandatory, the developers might indeed cut cost somewhere else in the building process. With that said, do you think that there is any way around this obstacle? Is there a way that green roofs could become mandatory without it effecting the quality of the work?
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Allison Walter
Posted about 3 years ago
Should shark fishing be banned?
I think that stricter laws regarding shark finning is a MUST if we wish to see a decrease in the extinction risk for sharks. Although, I do not believe that laws alone can prevent the extinction due to people disobeying laws and creating more loopholes within the system. I am curious to find out what else is being done to conserve this species (ie. captive breeding programs) that could help to increase the numbers of their population which is vital to save the species.
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Allison Walter
Posted about 3 years ago
Should Cannabis be legalized as a medicine?
Bob, I find your comment very informing. It's interesting to hear a point of view from someone that understands the law side of the issue. When I've had this same debate in some of my previous classes, many students argued that if marijuana was legalized, our crime rate would decrease and the use of the drug would slowly diminish overtime. I believe that we will never truly know what will happen in our society until we see if for ourselves.
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Allison Walter
Posted about 3 years ago
What is more important: Our drugs or our ecosystems?
Lisa, you share my sentiments on this subject. I know that I will never throw away unused and expired medications without remembering what they MAY do to the environment. The problem remains that no government agency, like the FDA or CDC, has approached this problem with a public solution.
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Allison Walter
Posted about 3 years ago
What is more important: Our drugs or our ecosystems?
Casey your comments have a lot of merit. Profit is the goal for companies, and pharmaceuticals are a big profitable business in the world. R&D is expensive and requires a lot of time; however, in the process they become aware of all the effects their product would have on lab animals, people, and ultimately the environment. It is pretty amazing, tho, when you think about it, that we take from nature to help our lives and then return to nature the product in a new form. As with all things, there are probably good side effects to products if only we knew how to manipulate and use them. Thank you for the thoughts.