Sunflowers for Change

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Photo by Sunflowers for Change on Facebook.

Phytoremediation is the use of plants to save the environment, a method which Bridget Llanes and Bernadette Hardy from the University of New Mexico are highly involved in.  Not far from their hometowns lies a major source of contamination to the surrounding neighborhood known as the Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) Jet Fuel Spill. Twenty four million gallons of volatile, carcinogenic chemicals sit five hundred feet below the surface in Albuquerque New Mexico. Continue reading “Sunflowers for Change”

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EmSWaT

EmSWaT is a term my professor coined that stands for Empowered Sustainable Water Treatment. It sums up methods of purifying water that allow people to be empowered by disinfecting it at home. EmSWaT methods are affordable, safe, and efficient. One of the most efficient EmSWaT methods is something I have worked on this past summer- solar cooking. The images above are solar cookers that I made using aluminum foil and cardboard.

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SODIS

Image from Wikipedia.

According to the World Health Organization, “Globally, there are nearly 1.7 billion cases of diarrhoeal disease every year”. Diarrhea is the number one cause of malnutrition in children under 5. It kills 760,000 children under five years old each year. Diarrheal illness can be caused by contaminated food or water, or lack of sanitation practices. Children come into contact with feces through many routes, like unwashed hands, open sewage, groundwater, or insects. The major route that SODIS closes off is contamination through water.

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Shoutout to Sarah Pieklik

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Alabama Space Academy for Educators program logo from Alabama Public TV.

My middle school math teacher went somewhere amazing for her summer break last month. She was selected for a Space Academy Program in Alabama sponsored by Honeywell Educators! While learning some peculiar things about surviving in space flight, Ms. Pieklik also got tips from the experts on how to create captivating curriculum. Here’s the article if you wish to read more: Pieklik goes to Space Academy

Green Lakes and Pratts Falls

 

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Image from The Road Slowly Traveled.

At my school, geology is a vastly different subject than environmental engineering. It is a subject that I still have a lot to learn about. Aside from a small fossil collection that has mostly transferred into my algae covered fish tank, I couldn’t tell you much about geology. What I can tell you is that I went to visit the scenic Green Lakes and Pratts Falls on Independence Day weekend. The trail involved a .5 mile hike to Pratts falls. Once there, you can stand across from the falls or stand on a bridge that goes over the top. Like many others, Pratts Falls has been reinforced to prevent any more rock from falling away or receding and to preserve its state. Continue reading “Green Lakes and Pratts Falls”

Walk in the Park

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Image of Buttermilk Falls by NJHiking.

I recently found out about this blog by an environmental educator in New York State called walkinpark. He had the most modern and clever idea to create minute long clips of each park that he’s been to in New York State. I thought, for the people who can’t get to see all of the falls that are hidden in parts of New York State, this is a great way to explore without actually having to go out and explore. Plus it’s only a minute long, and with my attention span that’s on the dot. If you’re ever wanting to adventure around the various water falls in New York, check out his website!