Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sustainability argument

It is definitely better to be sustainable. Here are my reasons why and some things that will happen if we aren’t being sustainable enough.

My first reason why being sustainable is better is because if we don’t change there is a threat that we will exhaust our resource supplies to quickly. If we exhaust our resource supply to quickly we wont be able to have certain luxuries like petrol/diesel-powered cars. Did you know that the average petrol consumption for cars in America is 17 miles to every 1-gallon (that’s 27 kilometers to every 3 liters) which is a huge waste of petrol. If everyone in the world had a car and had the same petrol consumption every 17 miles everyone traveled we would be using over 6 billion gallons of petrol (that’s over 18 billion liters of the stuff)! So by being sustainable we let future generations have some of the same luxuries as us.

My second point is about all the rubbish that can’t be recycled what happens to it and where it goes. Have you ever wondered where the rubbish you throw out goes well it all gets collected and dumped into a landfill. A landfill is a hole in the ground where all our un-recyclable waste goes. It either goes here or goes to a furnace gets burnt and then gets dumped into a landfill. When our rubbish gets burnt it releases a deadly poison called dioxin. Dioxin is one of the most toxic chemicals known to science, which is known to be a cause of cancer. Did you know that some items that we throw out like plastic beverage bottles could take up to a massive 450 years.

Thirdly and finally, we need to be sustainable so that we can protect our planet for future generations. We need to more conscious of what we are doing to our planet and resources and take note of if we do carry on like we are now that our children and grandchildren might not reach the average life expectancy of 78 for men and 82 for women because of how we failed to reduce our carbon footprint and how we failed to stop using our non-renewable resources.

I hope you see it my way and try and do your best to be sustainable and to try and save our earth.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sustainability diary

Hi its me again just telling you about how I have been more sustainable since the start of this term. I decided that I should watch less t.v so to save power so instead I decided to read instead so it saves power and I don't get square eyes.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

My other blog

Hi if you enjoyed this blog you will love my normal blog!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Dairy on eco footprint reduction

today I decided to (seeing in my house I have to vacuum) broom the tiled part of the house instead of just vacuuming like usual.  That saves power and its way more fun.
I didn't know being sustainable could be so much fun, if I had known I would have started ages ago!! =-] 

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Eco footprint diary

In class we have been looking eco footprints and how we could reduce our own.
Heres a site that calculates your eclogical footprint
We decided that we have to come up with three things that we would do to reduce it.
here are my three things:

I will recycle more

I will have shorter showers and sometimes have cold ones

and I will also buy energy saving light bulbs

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Kris Wilson

Here is a house he designed

He came in to our class on Wednesday to talk to us about sustainable architecture and what it is. Sustainable architecture is all about trying to use as little energy in your house as possible. Its also trying to create as little waste while building it. You need to use things like double glazing and lots of insulation.

Joe & Clement SIFE

On Tuesday the second of July two people came from the University of Waikato in co-operation with SIFE . they came to talk to us about sustainability and how we could reduce reuse and recycle some of our rubbish. They also tipped out our rubbish and showed us how much 'rubbish' that could be recycled. It was shocking. =-0. At least halve of our rubbish is recyclable.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Tips to do when stranded with the items on you

When you are stranded on an island first of all you need to find shelter so when night falls you aren't stuck in the middle of no were. 
also try and find a fresh source of water so you don't die of thirst.  You also need to try and find a mud path trough the forest because it will be probably used by wild pigs.    

Jobs on the Matia islands

As you know on the Matia islands my job is that I am a builder and here's some information on what I will do. As a builder its my job to make a place for everyone to live, but seeing as we are stranded on an island my teacher has said that every single person can only take 5 essential items with them for their community. the 5 items I would take would only the essentials like nails, a hammer, a saw, tarpaulin etc.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Supply and demmand

In Economics there are two main things. Supply and demand. As you can see in this graph there is a meeting point this is called the equilibrium point. When the demand for something goes up the producer can sell this item for a high price and will probably make more which will increase the supply. So when in the market business the supply and demand for the supplier to make lots of money.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Eco houses

On the Matia islands we are going to have Eco houses so that we don't destroy the islands resources.

In my Eco house(the picture isn't it) I have decided to harness the suns heat and light by putting large amounts of windows on the sun facing side of the house. By doing so it won't use as much power on lighting or on heating.

I will also have solar panels and a wind turbine so I can save a considerable amount of power by using the wind turbine and I can use less power when heating water.=-]

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Jobs on the Matia islands

On the Matai islands every single person has to have a job so that everything runs and works properly. On the islands these are some of the jobs I think it will need:

Eco-house designer, Rubbish handler, Mayor, Communications technicians,Engineers, Island trade workers, Transport workers, Builders, Boats men/woman, Doctors, Wagon and cart makers and many more.
Out of all of those the one I would most like to be is a builder. I think that I would be good at this because I know lots of builders and am pretty good at it.
So which one would you be?

Urainium on the Matia islands

In class we have been talking about sustainability. While on this topic our teacher told us about these virtual islands that he and others have claimed ownership of. On the island that Mr Woody had claimed we had uranium and we also had limestone. Mr Woody said he was being deviously clever by doing this or was he behind stupid. he sent us out to find out whether the uranium would help or hinder us. Uranium would be not very very dangerous for us to have around us but still dangerous, urainium is also only worth 78 dollars a pound so not very helpful. =-(

Monday, April 27, 2009

Wikipedia's definition of sustainability

Sustainability, in general terms, is the ability to maintain balance of a certain process or state in any system. It is now most frequently used in connection with biological and human systems. In anecological context, sustainability can be defined as the ability of an ecosystem to maintain ecological processes, functions, biodiversity and productivity into the future.

Sustainability has become a complex term that can be applied to almost every system on Earth, particularly the many different levels of biological organization, such as; wetlands, prairies and forests and is expressed in human organization concepts, such as; Eco-municipalities, sustainable cities, and human activities and disciplines, such as; sustainable agriculture, sustainable architecture and renewable energy.

For humans to live sustainably, the Earth's resources must be used at a rate at which they can be replenished. However, there is now clear scientific evidence that humanity is living unsustainably
and that an unprecedented collective effort is needed to return human use of natural resources to within sustainable limits.

Since the 1980s, the idea of human sustainability has become increasingly associated with the integration of economic, social and environmental spheres. In 1989, the World Commission on Environment and Development articulated what has now become a widely accepted definition of sustainability: "[to meet] the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Click here to go to from were I got this definition. =-)