The Ethical Dilemma of Hunting by Katie Dwyer

The idea of nature I chose for my website is the ethical dilemma of hunting.

Hunting has changed drastically throughout history in it’s forms, uses, and the culture surrounding it. Hunting is also continuing to change for the future. This website follows these changes from history into the future and challenges all to re-imagine how they view hunting.

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I chose hunting as my idea because as a vegan animal lover, I have always been full-heartedly against hunting, but honestly did not know much about it.  I decided to research hunting a bit so that I could better understand my opposition.  However, rather than my expectation of finding reasons to bad talk hunting for my entire site, I found many conflicting points and actually saw some good to hunting.  I completely rethought how I view hunting and am still struggling with the ethical dilemma I face between not believing in the killing of animals, and the importance that hunting holds in matters I also care deeply about, such as conservation.  I decided to make my site include information about hunting in several retrospects instead so that others may form their own, informative opinions on hunting.

Tsunamis by Sharmen Hettipola

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She smiled at me and I started crying. Because even though her lips were curved upwards, her eyes communicated sorrow and helplessness. She wasn’t the only child either, there were several hundred more children with the same look in their eyes. These kids had lost everything to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and I knew that my family’s efforts to help rebuild their lives would only be incremental.

But that’s the thing about tsunamis. They have the potential to take everything away from you.

Human relationships to tsunamis can be complicated because we have the potential to cause tsunamis while simultaneously be affected by them. I hope to examine this relationship between humans and tsunamis by studying three of the biggest tsunamis of the 20th and 21st century: the 1908 Messina, Italy tsunami, the 2004 Sumatra, Indonesia tsunami, and the 2011 Sendai, Japan tsunami.

With each different tsunami I hope to examine the different ways in which humans have influenced or have been influenced by these tsunamis. With the 1908 Messina tsunami, I hope to examine how humans understand tsunamis, with the 2004 Sumatra tsunami, I hope to examine the ways in which humans were affected by the tsunami, and with the 2011 Sendai tsunami, I hope to examine the ways in which anthropogenic climate change has caused tsunamis and the consequential effects. Finally, I will examine how our past relationship with tsunamis will most likely influence our future relationship with these disasters.


I chose to study tsunamis for my Idea of Nature project because I had seen the devastating aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and realized that the natural disaster had the power to take away years of human progress. I wanted to examine the causes and effects of tsunamis (specifically relating to humans) in order to determine ways in which likely damages of the next tsunami can be lessened or even avoided.

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Environmental Injustice by Jessica Minderjahn

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Imagine living your life in a neighborhood that has the most unhealthy and undesirable hazardous waste sites, including landfills, sewage treatment systems, incinerators, and toxic waste dumping sites on every corner. Imagine a child who has never felt the incredible sensation of fresh air circulating through his or her lungs. Imagine what it feels like to see your government polluting the space you call home, instead of protecting it.  For many minority communities, they do not have to “imagine” this, they instead live it.

I invite you, to learn about the devastating reality of environmental injustice and how it is affecting millions of people each and every day. Explore what real life communities have done to fight environmental injustice, to create a world in which every individual, regardless of ethnicity or income, has equal access to clean air and clean water.

I chose to explore this topic because it is such an important issue that deserves more attention. I believe that education is the key to establishing a more equal and just world.



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