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Solving Human Problems on Earth Blog 4 entry

For this Blog 4 entry, you will elaborate on new insights that have emerged for you from your in-class easel pad activities with the integrated aspects of a cultural system and community conversations and talks that have furthered your understanding of what it means to think holistically, mitigating your ethnocentrism and thinking in a non-ethnocentric way, and the use of cultural relativism to think more deeply, intellectually, and intentionally about what it means to be human. We live in a culturally diverse world on a planet. We continue to be curious about human cultural diversity amidst the biodiversity and ecology of the earth well beyond ways of thinking that we have ever explored before in our lives using the holistic lens of anthropology. We continue to think more clearly about human existence and lived experience on the planet through time and into the contemporary, we continue to gain greater realizations of the human problems that we must deal with locally, nationally, and globally in order to preserve, conserve, and adapt in new ways on the landscape of the planet so that 7 generations into future may thrive in abundance in relationship with the earth's resources. Do confirm in your blog writing with a creative lens that you understand what sustainability means and the concept of the carrying capacity of the earth. Then elevate your thinking about adaptations (through reflective thinking about inventions, innovation, and cultural diffusion over time into the contemporary)...that directly link to heightened awareness and intentionality about how humans live in environments, biomes, ecosystems, and perhaps go further into thinking about perspectives from indigenous knowledge systems (you can pick one) that have existed into the contemporary world (think here...cultural ecology and ethnoecology).


Do confirm in your blog writing with a creative lens that you understand what sustainability means and the concept of the carrying capacity of the earth.


Answers: so my way of understanding sustainability is that sustain means to keep or constant, rolling, cycle, etc. to be able to keep something going. now the concept of the carrying of the earth would how much can the earth carry on. To tie both together can the earth keep on carrying the way it is? can it sustain its growth of productions and life that it provides to all life on earth? very simple to answers and has been for years.


Then elevate your thinking about adaptations (through reflective thinking about inventions, innovation, and cultural diffusion over time into the contemporary)...that directly link to heightened awareness and intentionality about how humans live in environments, biomes, ecosystems, and perhaps go further into thinking about perspectives from indigenous knowledge systems (you can pick one) that have existed into the contemporary world (think here...cultural ecology and ethnoecology).


Answers: so to think about adaptations on how humans live in environments, biomes, ecosystems and etc. Mankind is bad they take 99% and give 1% of the time more or less. In order for humans to live within these places, humans have to adapt to them in the way they can. in order to live in the heat, you must plan and think about how and what you're going to do and etc. so as long as your life and you can sustain your living you're fine even if it causes unbalance and dismay. you have to create things to have to fight things you have to do a lot. so nowadays war is a means to try to balance things. nature is earth's balance if unbalanced then it will seek to balance it as we can see for past and history. let me give you an example on this topic. Let take the tundra biomes one of my favorites this biome is the coldest of all biomes due to its cold air temperatures and it's chilly average temperatures which limits the plant growth which create permafrost to form which is why there are a lack of trees. With seasonal dramatic changes like very long days when the earth northern pole is tilted toward the sun and the opposed when further away from the sun days are shorten sometimes the sun does not rise above the horizon talk about crazy. The tundra is a windy place with the winds posing as a challenge of life. Some life forms have adapted to minimize wind damage and some seek the wind to travel easier with forage plants being more accessible. Some Animal adaptations are that some have warm winter coats that help with heat-efficient in the body. They also grow and reproduce slowly. Some animal have camouflage and some hibernate to adapt to the tundra. some Animals Migrate. Some plants adaptations are perennials which help them store nutrients so that when it time to reproduce they are able to on time. Some plants also have protective covering called fur which help them with heat efficiency too. Now let talk about humans that are part of the tundra ecosystem like the plants and animals. In Alaska there are Indigenous people which are known as Inuit now due to the Eskimo usage is fading from the culture. In the article The Great state of Alaska said


Traditional Values

Today, Alaska natives strive to successfully combine the demands of a contemporary cash economy and the Western system with their traditional knowledge and thousands of years of cultural, spiritual and subsistence practices.


Development

In the past 50 years, we have begun to see big changes in the tundra as the result of modern human activities. Disruption of permafrost by roads, the establishment of permanent communities, oil and mining operations, and other developments can cause localized but lasting damage to tundra life.

On a larger scale, tundra is affected by all corners of the globe. "Arctic Haze," an increasingly common weather phenomenon, forms when large northern air masses pick up pollutants from industrialized areas and carry them to the arctic.


Bio-accumulation

The tundra ecosystem is vulnerable to "bio-accumulation," a process wherein pollutants and pesticides that enter from distant regions become concentrated in the arctic as they move upward through food chains-from plankton to fish to large marine mammals. At each stage the pollutants become more concentrated, especially in the fat of the animals-a highly valued food of many northern peoples.


Recreation

Abundant wildlife, stunning vistas, and low populations have made Alaska's arctic tundra increasingly popular for hunting, hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing.


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