Thursday, March 29, 2012

Environmental and Wildlife Conservation in the Community

There are a number of steps that you can take to maintain the environmental balance in your community and beyond. While some of these methods may require the devotion of time and resources, others simply entail a change of habits. The following paragraphs outline some of the positive actions that you could take.
Purchase Green Food Products
There are a large number of farmers throughout the world who produce delicious foods in environmentally friendly ways. You can show support for the work that they do by buying products bearing Fair Trade, Food Alliance and Bird Friendly labels. You could also reduce your carbon footprint by opting to eat vegetarian meals, rather than those consisting of red meat. And it is also worth asking the chefs at any restaurants that you visit about the organic dishes that feature on the menu.
Looking After Plants and Flowers
You could contribute to conservation work by tending to floral species that have been planted in your local area. It may even be a good idea to put up signs urging other residents not to trample or otherwise harm the plants. If you really enjoy the gardening work then why not create a designated area for the planting of vegetables and pretty flowers? You will be rewarded with delicious produce to share with community and wonderful flowers for everyone to enjoy.
Advise Other People On Green Practices
It is possible to encourage people to take their environmental responsibilities seriously without seeming to be intrusive or condescending. You could tell friends and family about the sense of achievement and empowerment that you have realised by carrying out conservation work. It might even be possible to give a talk about the benefits of green living at a community meeting. The more people who are persuaded by the eco-friendly message the better.
Join a Group
There are a large number of social groups engaged in conservation across the UK. They may organise outings to coastal areas for clean ups and wooded environments for wildlife projects. By joining you will have the opportunity to meet like-minded people and reap the rewards of engaging in conservation work together. The BTCV is a particularly well-known society of this type.
Reduce Your Usage Of Fossil Fuels
The dependence on fossil fuels has a negative impact on plant and animal species throughout the world. You can play a part in their preservation by using public transport and bicycles whenever possible. You could also reward companies who employ ethical conservation work practices by buying electrical items with high standards of efficiency. Another way to lessen the usage of fossil fuels is to replace traditional light bulbs with the modern, compact fluorescent alternatives. This is a positive step for the environment and your finances!
Head to Africa
If you really want to get involved at a grass roots level, there are specialised travel companies providing adult gap year experiences where you can become involved in animal conservation work projects in various locations across Africa. This is an exciting and truly fulfilling way to do your bit in conserving some of our endangered wild species.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

How Long Until Humans Can Communicate With Dolphins In Their Language?

The other day, I was reminded by someone of an old article I had written about the potential for dolphin/human communication and how we might go about putting together an electronic device to do that. It shouldn't be difficult at all actually. Yes, I am talking about talking with the dolphins. Now then, I do have some theories on direct dolphin communications. You see, they have large brains and abilities we do not have with extra sensors.
Luckily, it seems we have decoded their 'clicks' and they use a simpler sentence structure than most human languages such as "bob, ball, go get" which would be the click signification for the individual dolphin, click for name of object, then the action. Perhaps, the opposite of that famous line in Star Wars where one species says to a human; "What Say You," and so I hope you now see that point.
So, we seem to know enough now to ramp up that linguistic research to have a conversation. They might like that. Of course, since their language is spontaneous, I don't doubt that different dolphins living in different parts of the world use different communication strategies, sentence structures, etc. just as humans in the Amazon jungle do, or the differences in the World's major languages. I think we could learn one hell of a lot through this communication, not to mention it will helps as humans in the future prove Drake's equation or the theory behind it correct as we explore elsewhere.
You see, there might be a lot more intelligent life out there than we believe, and we ought to start practicing with the intelligent life on our own planet and learn how to communicate. There are dolphins, chimpanzees, and other intelligent life. What about multi-leg sea creatures? They aren't exactly stupid either. We seem to do okay with nonverbal communication with our pets whether they be dogs, cats, livestock animals, or birds.
Maybe it's time to take it all to the next level. We've already designed tablet computer systems which allow us to talk through a translation device. When it comes right down to it isn't that what we are trying to do here? Even if we get the sentence structure wrong with the dolphins and they laugh as us, they are still smart enough to know what we mean, even if we may not be smart enough to communicate with them yet. Maybe they think we are just stupid, who knows maybe we are.
Dolphins seem like an obvious choice, and maybe we should put more effort into bona fide linguistic goal communication and translation through computational devices with audio. We listen to what they say, and we can tell by this sounds and duration of their "clicks" the significance of each word thus, deriving the meaning of their sentences. We have enough knowledge now to make this happen. Therefore we should. Interestingly enough, I'm not the only one who's been thinking here, and it deserves funding and more research. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.