The other day, I talked about the school project that I was just given about raising awareness for a cause that I wish more people knew about so that it could receive more help. I had been researching Panda’s mainly and realized that the reason that Giant Panda’s might soon go extinct is because of deforestation. I have done more research and figured out that deforestation is affecting many more animals than just giant pandas. Other animals that are at risk of becoming extinct because of deforestation or are negatively affected by it are: the javan rhino, the sumatran rhino, elephants, tigers, orangutans, the mountain gorilla, and the golden lion tamarin. There are less than 60 javan rhinos left and possibly even fewer sumatran rhinos. Because of elephant poaching, the number of elephants dramatically decreased from millions of elephants to some thinking they are endangered. There are only 880 mountain gorillas and there are so many other species that are in danger of becoming endangered. Also the trees themselves are dying! Deforestation is something that we can help and should. If not for yourself because you like breathing, then for the cute little pandas.
In school we were just given a big final project where we get to create a website to bring awareness to a certain cause. After a lot of research, my partner and I decided to tell everyone about how giant pandas might soon go extinct. This led to us finding more stuff about why they might go extinct (deforestation) and we decided to broaden our cause to the overall deforestation of the world which is effecting not only giant pandas along with many other animals. Deforestation is clearing Earth’s forests on a massive scale, often resulting in damage to the quality of the land. Forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but swaths the size of Panama are lost each and every year. The world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation. At the rate that we are killing our forests, we could soon force many animals into extinction. China’s famous mascot, the giant panda, could disappear from the wild in two or three generations, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Beijing. Experts warn the animal’s natural habitat in southwest China is threatened by development.
Earlier this year, my teacher AJ announced to my class that soon an app called Jelly would become one of the most popular apps in the country, or world. Something along those lines. He mirrored his phone and projected his screen on the screen in our class and showed us what it is. Jelly is an app that completely reimagines how we get answers to queries based on a human approach. The design is clean and works well, the only thing that was missing when AJ showed it to us was users. It has now been a few months and I haven’t heard of the app from any source other than AJ. But not very much time has passed. That isn’t to say that it hasn’t grown. Jelly has been featured as the app of the week on the apple app store, and as and an editor’s choice. I think that AJ was right in predicting that it would become a successful app, it just needs more time. Jelly was developed by the co-founder of twitter, Biz Stone.
Today in class, AJ showed us a terrible video that he thinks is going to become the next biggest music video on youtube. It’s called Summer is Great, and it is terrible.
Since I have already written about land sailing and ice sailing this week, I decided I might as well find out more about normal sailing. Sailing is both a form of sport and a recreational activity.
Sailing is the propulsion of a vehicle and the control of its movement with large (usually fabric) foils called sails. By changing the rigging, rudder, and sometimes the keel or centreboard, a sailor manages the force of the wind on the sails in order to move the vessel relative to its surrounding medium (typically water, but also land and ice) and change its direction and speed. Mastery of the skill requires experience in varying wind and sea conditions, as well as knowledge concerning sailboats themselves and an understanding of one’s surroundings. People spend a lot of time and devote their lives to mastering sailing to compete or because they are in love with sailing for fun, but I have never done it and so many people seem to love it that I feel like it is something I have to try.
While reading about Ice sailing for my last post, I found out about land sailing and it also seems like it would be fun.
Land sailing, also known as sand yachting or land yachting, is the act of moving across land in a three-wheeled vehicle powered by wind through the use of a sail. Since the 1950’s it has become purely recreational. The vehicles used in land sailing are called land yachts and have three or four wheels but otherwise functions a lot like a sail boat.
The modern land yacht, a four-wheeled polyester/fibreglass and metal cart, often with a wing-mast and relatively rigid (full-batten) sails, has been used since 1960. In 1967 a French Foreign Legion officer organized a land yacht race across the Sahara Desert. Teams from 7 countries assembled at Colomb-Béchar in Algeria and using French-designed and built machines for the most part, sailed 1,700 miles (2,700 km) through Algeria, Spanish Morocco and into the capital of Mauritania. Due to the harsh conditions, the idea of racing was abandoned, though at the time three youngAmerican boatbuilders, Larry Pardey, Richard Arthur and Warren Zeibarth (Captain, Pardey), were leading the race, with scores double those of any other team. The story made the cover of National Geographic in November 1967. A reinactment of this event took place three years later and was filmed by National Geographic. A really cool fact about land sailing is that NASA proposed that it be used as a form of rover that they wanted to make for venus.
Until very recently I had never heard of ice sailing. From what I’ve read, it sounds like it would be a really fun thing to do. Ice yachting or ice sailing is the sport of sailing and racing iceboats, also called ice yachts. It is practiced in Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Norway and Sweden, to some extent, and is very popular in the Netherlands and on the Gulf of Finland, but its highest development is in the United States and Canada. An ice yacht about 40 ft in length will carry six or seven passengers or crew, who are distributed in a way that they can keep the boat balanced. Traditional iceboats from before the late 19th century were used for transportation of goods and racing. Modern ice boats are made of three blades like those on ice skates just much larger called runners, with a steering runner in front. That power increases as the speed of the boat increases, allowing the boat to go much faster than the wind. The only seeming limitations to iceboat speed are windage, friction, the camber of the sail shape, strength of construction, quality of the ice surface and the level of skill, athleticism and fearlessness of the sailor.
This week I’m changing up my travel posts to more of things that I want to do instead of places I want to go. I have always thought that hot air balloons were really cool, and I always see the most amazing pictures of them.
It would be really cool to go to a hot air balloon festival like the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta which is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world, where around 750 balloons go up all together. It’s really cool seeing all of those balloons rising into the air at the same time, and I think it would be awesome to be part of it. The festival in Albuquerque started in 1972 and more and more people came with balloons each year. In 2000, 1,019 balloons registered to go to the festival, and since then the balloon fiesta board has limited the number of balloons to 750.
Not only are there a lot of balloons, but there are also some really interesting and different ones.
Now, some companies even sponsor balloons as a form of advertising. It looks like a really cool event and I’d love to go one year. Have you ever gone to a hot air balloon festival or been in a hot air balloon?
I have never been to the African continent, but everyone that I talk to who has, says that you have to go on a Safari. It would be a great way to see a lot of animals that I have never seen before up close. Also it seems way better to be able to see them in nature rather than in a zoo. When you go on a safari, you can see the animals with their family and doing what they actually do, rather than in a small cage separated from their family.
A safari would also be a great opportunity to take a lot of pictures of baby elephants and so many other animals. I would probably want to get out and play with the baby elephants or cheetahs because they are so cute, but I don’t really want to be murdered by vicious animals.
Have you ever been to Africa? If so, what else should someone do if they visit Africa and where is the best Safari? Leave a comment letting me know.
The last place that I researched about traveling to, I discovered off of the list of countries that have visited my blog. I thought that it was really cool that I could find a country that I want to visit and have never heard of because someone from that country viewed my blog, so I’ve been looking at a lot of the other countries that view this blog. I know most of the countries on the list of countries that have seen this blog, but there was another country that I hadn’t heard of so I looked it up. The country is called New Caledonia, but it seems like wordpress might need to look over their list of countries again because New Caledonia isn’t actually a country, it is a French over seas territory. Regardless, it seems like a great place to go. New Caledonia is a group of islands near Australia, has many unique birds and plants, and the richest diversity in the world per square kilometer. There are many species, genera, and even families, unique completely to this island, that survive no where else. It would be great to visit New Caledonia to see all of the plants and animals unique to the island.
It would also be an all around great place to visit because of how beautiful the island is.
It is really cool to discover new places that I want to travel through wordpress. If there is anywhere that you think that I should visit, comment and let me know.