How do you think popular culture might influence people’s opinions about the environment?
People look up to their idols, they might be singer/songwriters. If someone they look up to thinks we should do something about enviromental issues, then they will want to do the same. Well known/famous people have a lot of power, they can change people's minds or perspectives and make them believe in what they think is right. Example- Leonardo Di Caprio is very big on global warming, people look up to him and might also believe we should do something to change global warming.
How has people’s attitude toward the environment changeD in the last 100 years?
People are more aware about enviromental issues now, whereas years ago people didn't care about what they were releasing into the atmosphere and what they were burning down. Now factories are becoming more Eco friendly and are doing small things, which are making a big difference. For example, factories that use water in their processing would not treat the water after they had used it and release it back into the waterways regardless whether it was polluted or not. Today such an act is illegal and the water would need to be treated or cleaned before being released back into the rivers.
Select one environmental disaster and explain what happened, the effect it had on the environment and what safeguards have been put in place to prevent further disasters.
Deforestation of tiger and orangutan habitat in indonesia
Explain what happened-
Big companies are buying into lands from the Indonesian government. They are chopping down Indonesia's rainforests and animal habitats for palm oil. Locals say orangutans and elephants are pests, and the planting of palm oil gives many people jobs.
- The deforestation of rainforests means the loss of 100 year old trees and resident species are becoming endangered such as rhinos, tiger, elephants and orangutans.
- Loss of habitat for millions of species.
- Without the protection of tree canopies, the soil dries out.
- Forests become dry without the trees helping the water cycle.
- Deforestation changes the forests temperature
- Less forests, means more green house gasses
What Safeguards have been put in place?
- Sustanible forestry
- Establishing parks to protect wildlife
- Restoring damaged enviroments
- Leading large companies away from sources linked to deforestationand habitat loss
- WWF are encouraging buyers to buy products containing certified sustainable palm oil
- Some companies are labelling wether their product has palm oil in
- They are balancing the amount of old and young trees
What enviromental disasters could Torquay be susceptible to?
- Global warming
- Coastal erosion
- Invasion of un-native species
Government protection of environments
Local councul laws that prevent smoking and littering on the beach
Why was it set up?
To stop cigarette butts from landing in the ocean and creating toxic trash. And also to help keep our beaches clean and preventing rubbish from going into the ocean.
What it protects-
It protects marine life, dune animals and protects people's lungs. It also protects young people who have not yet been exposed to smoking.
How it is enforced-
There would be signs telling you not to litter or smoke in public places. Local officers would be going around checking up on people, they would be fines in place for people who disobey the rules. And local shops would remind people.
How effective it is-
As a resident of Torquay, I have seen less people smoking in public and a reduction in the the amount of litter on the beaches. A woman was asked to leave the outside of a cafe because she was smoking in a public place.
Devise a strategy that would help the council enforce the law
You could ask local primary schools to be a part of a poster competition, writing things like no littering or smoking. Then put the posters made at the entrances of popular beaches. Appeals made by children is more powerful then appeals from adults.