The #Unexpectedly Chronicles: A Slight Contradiction at the Denver Zoo

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The #Unexpectedly Chronicles: A Slight Contradiction at the Denver Zoo

We interupt my cov­er­age of Amplify Choice and Red­State to talk about a pet peeve. And remem­ber Peeves make won­der­ful pets

One of the things you notice about Den­ver right away is all of the build­ing going on. Hous­ing prices are up and the city is mak­ing hotels the way the Dug­gars make babies. Given it’s size and loca­tion Den­ver is becom­ing mag­net of tourism and one of the high­lights of our visit was the Den­ver Zoo.

It’s a great des­ti­na­tion which was very plain as DaW­ife and I walked by the park­ing areas I saw licence plates from Cal­i­for­nia to North Dakota and of course there were likely plenty of peo­ple like us who had come by air and caught the Zoo in between the sched­uled events that brought us here.

And that’s why when I saw this sign in the rain for­est exhibit I found myself laugh­ing out loud

For those of you who can’t read the print here is what it says:

Like a green­house, gases in our atmos­phere cap­ture the Sun’s energy and warm the Earth. We’ve increased green­house gasses, in part by burn­ing fos­sil fuels and destroy­ing forests. Many sci­en­tists believe the result will be global warming

With just a slightly warmer cli­mate, ice aps may melt and drown coastal areas Rain­fall pat­ters could shift turn­ing farm­lands into deserts or floodplains

What can you do to help?

The United State’s is the world’s sin­gle largest pro­ducer of green­house gases. Con­ser­va­tion begins at home.

Walk, bike or car­pool or take a bus when­ever pos­si­ble to reduce the green­house gases pro­duced by automobiles.

When you buy your next car place fuel effi­ciency at the top f your list of options. Keep your car tuned.

Con­tact your local gas and elec­tric com­pany for tip on how to make your home and office more energy efficient.

Now in terms of global warm­ing alarmism this sign is actu­ally pretty tame, there is a lot of the use of the word “may” rather than “will”, you don’t see the BS 95% of sci­en­tists agree line. I sus­pect this is to help keep the return busi­ness of those like me who show up.

But if you look at the “What can I Do to Help?” list, it struck me that sev­eral items miss­ing that came to mind at once, to wit:

There were a lot of peo­ple at the zoo with cell phones and mp3 players,and I couldn’t count the num­ber of peo­ple with ear­buds lis­ten­ing to said devices. All those devices need a steady stream of elec­tric­ity which require a lot of green­house gases to produce.

They could have advised guests to not use these devices and not buy new ones. Yes, these devices are enter­tain­ing and pro­vide com­mu­ni­ca­tions and con­ve­nience, but what is that next the dan­ger of turn­ing farm­lands into floodplains?

And of course there we’re plenty of peo­ple tak­ing pic­tures both with their phone and with iPads, and Cam­eras. May of these pic­tures will end up on face­book, Insta­gram, twit­ter and var­i­ous web pages like this one and will be shared world­wide in the cloud. All of these take a lot of green­house gas pro­duc­ing elec­tric­ity and that doesn’t even begin to talk about the immense amount of elec­tric­ity the servers that host all of this stuff uses.

They could have advised their guest to get off of the net and not take pic­tures to share. Yes the ani­mals are delight­ful and would bring the zoo plenty of expo­sure but after all what is use of pic­tures like this

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or this

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…if it means Rain­fall pat­ters might shift?

There were a lot of man­u­fac­tured toys and stuffed ani­mals in the place for sale. They were cute, they were cud­dly and were promi­nently dis­played for sale to all the wide eyed kids who came through the doors with their par­ents. All of them were only avail­able at the zoo because of man­u­fac­tur­ing and ship­ping that required the cre­ation of an enor­mous amount of green­house gases.

They could have advised the kids and their par­ents to do with­out the toys, after all a lot of them were pretty expen­sive and the kids likely had oth­ers at home. Yes they were cute and cud­dly and the sales pro­vide a lot of rev­enue for the zoo, but what is that next to the dan­ger of ice caps melt­ing and drown­ing coastal areas?

Finally as I noted at the start, the park­ing lot was full of cars from all over the nation. All those cars, no mat­ter how well tuned or fuel effi­cient burn gaso­line. Fur­ther­more Den­ver is a tourist des­ti­na­tion with so many peo­ple fly­ing in that they can’t build hotels fast enough to accom­mo­date all the con­ven­tions not to men­tion the skiers in the win­ter. And accord­ing to the David Suzuki foun­da­tion avi­a­tion accounts for four to nine per cent of the total cli­mate change impact of human activ­ity.”

That means that the very act of com­ing Den­ver in Gen­eral and to the zoo in par­tic­u­lar by air or car involves burn­ing fos­sil fuels and destroy­ing forests at an alarm­ing rate! The very act that they are warn­ing against.

So in the spirit of help­ing to pro­mote the cause of con­ser­va­tion and sav­ing the planet might I sug­gest the Den­ver Zoo remake that sign replac­ing the last three sen­tences of that sign with the following:

GO AWAY AND NEVER COME BACK!

Yes I know that it would mean lay­ing off a lot of peo­ple and hop­ing peo­ple would pay to visit an online stream­ing site if they aren’t Den­ver natives but we’re got a planet to save, don’t we?

We interupt my coverage of Amplify Choice and RedState to talk about a pet peeve. And remember Peeves make wonderful pets

One of the things you notice about Denver right away is all of the building going on. Housing prices are up and the city is making hotels the way the Duggars make babies. Given it’s size and location Denver is becoming magnet of tourism and one of the highlights of our visit was the Denver Zoo.

It’s a great destination which was very plain as DaWife and I walked by the parking areas I saw licence plates from California to North Dakota and of course there were likely plenty of people like us who had come by air and caught the Zoo in between the scheduled events that brought us here.

And that’s why when I saw this sign in the rain forest exhibit I found myself laughing out loud

For those of you who can’t read the print here is what it says:

Like a greenhouse, gases in our atmosphere capture the Sun’s energy and warm the Earth. We’ve increased greenhouse gasses, in part by burning fossil fuels and destroying forests. Many scientists believe the result will be global warming

With just a slightly warmer climate, ice aps may melt and drown coastal areas Rainfall patters could shift turning farmlands into deserts or floodplains

What can you do to help?

The United State’s is the world’s single largest producer of greenhouse gases. Conservation begins at home.

Walk, bike or carpool or take a bus whenever possible to reduce the greenhouse gases produced by automobiles.

When you buy your next car place fuel efficiency at the top f your list of options.  Keep your car tuned.

Contact your local gas and electric company for tip on how to make your home and office more energy efficient.

Now in terms of global warming alarmism this sign is actually pretty tame, there is a lot of the use of the word “may” rather than “will”, you don’t see the BS 95% of scientists agree line.  I suspect this is to help keep the return business of those like me who show up.

But if you look at the “What can I Do to Help?” list, it struck me that several items missing that came to mind at once, to wit:

There were a lot of people at the zoo with cell phones and mp3 players,and I couldn’t count the number of people with earbuds listening to said devices.  All those devices need a steady stream of electricity which require a lot of greenhouse gases to produce.

They could have advised guests to not use these devices and not buy new ones. Yes, these devices are entertaining and provide communications and convenience, but what is that next the danger of turning farmlands into floodplains?

And of course there we’re plenty of people taking pictures both with their phone and with iPads, and Cameras.  May of these pictures will end up on facebook, Instagram, twitter and various web pages like this one and will be shared worldwide in the cloud.  All of these take a lot of greenhouse gas producing electricity  and that doesn’t even begin to talk about the immense amount of electricity the servers that host all of this stuff uses.

They could have advised their guest to get off of the net and not take pictures to share.  Yes the animals are delightful and would bring the zoo plenty of exposure but after all what is use of pictures like this

Within scent range of the leopards nearby
Within scent range of the leopards nearby

or this

The latest photo in the Colorado Rockies "player or primate" series
The latest photo in the Colorado Rockies “player or primate” series

…if it means Rainfall patters might shift?

There were a lot of manufactured toys and stuffed animals in the place for sale.  They were cute, they were cuddly and were prominently displayed for sale to all the wide eyed kids who came through the doors with their parents. All of them were only available at the zoo because of manufacturing and shipping that required the creation of an enormous amount of greenhouse gases.

They could have advised the kids and their parents to do without the toys, after all a lot of them were pretty expensive and the kids likely had others at home.  Yes they were cute and cuddly and the sales provide a lot of revenue for the zoo, but what is that next to the danger of ice caps melting and drowning coastal areas?

Finally as I noted at the start, the parking lot was full of cars from all over the nation.  All those cars, no matter how well tuned or fuel efficient burn gasoline.  Furthermore Denver is a tourist destination with so many people flying in that they can’t build hotels fast enough to accommodate all the conventions not to mention the skiers in the winter. And according to the David Suzuki foundation aviation accounts for four to nine per cent of the total climate change impact of human activity.”

That means that the very act of coming Denver in General and to the zoo in particular by air or car involves burning fossil fuels and destroying forests at an alarming rate! The very act that they are warning against.

So in the spirit of helping to promote the cause of conservation and saving the planet might I suggest the Denver Zoo remake that sign replacing the last three sentences of that sign with the following:

GO AWAY AND NEVER COME BACK!

Yes I know that it would mean laying off a lot of people and hoping people would pay to visit an online streaming site if they aren’t Denver natives but we’re got a planet to save, don’t we?