Monday, January 26, 2009

A Missed Week

With all of the excitement over Obama's Inauguration (and a messed up schedule of days off of school and doctor's appointments back home), I didn't get a chance to post anything last week. Work at ASOC has been steady; I've continued to work on digitizing many of the files and pictures slides sitting around the office. All of the slides are now in JPG files and will soon be uploaded to the ASOC Flickr account so more people can share in the beauty of Antarctica. As for readings, I've been having a bit of a hard time finding literature on Environmental Ethics. One would think that more scholars would involve themselves with such a necessary subject...

I am of the mindset that in order to address most global problems, we must first address the critical environmental issues such as global warming, the food crisis, species loss, etc. However, before we (or our governing bodies) can make decisions on these crucial issues, we need to know WHY such measures need to be taken. Before we can ban the trapping of such and such an animal, we need to understand why that animal is important - we need to think about what gives that animal value.

I'm going to read two Garrett Hardin articles tonight and I'll post again later this week with a summary and an explanation of how they connect to the work that I'm doing at ASOC.

...And here's to hoping that this new administration will spend some of there time and energy on the environment. Fingers crossed!

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