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  • Claire,
    I think your post was very interesting! The part when you said “ COVID-19 has taken control of the lives of many beginning in March 2020” really sticks out to me. All of our lives have been drastically changed in almost every aspect. Wearing masks is something that we have all adapted to, but there are some people who will struggle to fin…Read More

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    Problem Section - Ocean Pollution

    Since the beginning of time, humans have used the oceans as their own personal trash can, dumping so much plastic into the ocean that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. However, the dangers...

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    • I really enjoyed your post and feel as though it addressed a very important and relevant issue. You did a really good job of mentioning one of the most important issues, which is the coral reef. I learned a lot from this and feel as though it really helps reader see the dangers of pollution in a different and more serious way.

    • Dear Megan:

      I am motivated by your post, “Ocean Pollution,” because it addressed an issue that is not completely understood by most people. Your post was very educational for me, and it had lots of information that I felt really made me understand the seriousness of this problem.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Realistically, without coral reefs and with an increase in harsh storms, all coastal cities will eventually be completely destroyed and submerged, causing a global economic crisis as we scramble to support those affected by these storms.” I think this is enlightening because it is hard to imagine that the oceans affect us directly in so many ways. I hadn’t thought of the direct problems from ocean pollution other than health reasons, and you have made it clear that there are so many issues that root in ocean pollution that include the economy. Another sentence that I appreciated was: “Trees and plants usually get all the credit for providing oxygen for us to breathe, however, the oceans, specifically the coral reefs, also provide us with 80 percent of the oxygen we breathe (Sakurra).” This stood out for me because it really puts in perspective the size and role of oceans for the rest of the world. Have you seen this article about coral reef conservation? 

      https://www.epa.gov/coral-reefs/what-epa-doing-protect-coral-reefs#:~:text=EPA%20protects%20coral%20reefs%20by,causes%20of%20coral%20reef%20deterioration.

      I thought you might be interested in this because of the topic of coral reefs and their destruction. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you had great information that was stated very well. I love hearing someone care so much about the environment and I hope that many people were informed by this. I know that your next post will be full of important information that addresses more relevant issues.

    • I thought this post was very intriguing and informative and I think you addressed a very pressing and relevant topic. I am in an oceanography class and I have been learning a lot about climate change and rising sea levels. Ocean pollutants definitely effect climate change and I think you had really strong a really strong supporting argument of that statement. I’m excited to see what you write next, for this was very interesting, informative, and important. These are the kinds of things everyone needs to be informed about and I think you did an excellent job delivering the information.

    • This post was very thought provoking. The climate discussions centers greatly around air pollution but air quality and ocean pollution go hand in hand. I was listening to a podcast the other day that was talking about how rising global ocean temperatures are causing the air quality to worsen and sea level to rise by 35 mm a year. The conditions of the ocean are the first to surpass the point of no return in regards to the climate crisis. If we want to work towards a greener planet, we need to start with the ocean.

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    Change in “Araby”

    In “Araby,” a story written by James Joyce, the narrator, a young boy, reflects on his experiences and the changes he goes through from the start to the end. With a newfound hope and romantic interest in Mangan, the...

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    Jane Eyre as Influence For My Story

    Often in novels, characters are what drive the plot forward, allowing readers to immerse themselves into the story, both from how the characters see the world and how they interact with it. After reading the first chapter of Jane...

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  • Megan commented on the post, Education Reform

    Peyton,
    I really liked your post! I think that it was very interesting that “he believed that 90% of what they teach their students will never be used in their lives and they are wasting their time.” I thought this was so interesting because this is coming from a teacher’s perspective. I also think that this becomes more true the older a stude…Read More

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