Hi there! I'm Michelle and I live in Eastern Iowa with my husband and four children (Anna - 8, Ben - 7, Cora - 4, Sara - 2). We live a pretty "green" life compared to a lot of people, but we are working to green it up even more. Several years ago, we had a huge barn moved to several acres that we own. We saved the barn from being burned to the ground and are almost finished giving it a new life. My husband, Dan, is a home remodeler / builder. And I teach writing to community college students and home school several of my children. We are going to move our offices into the barn in the next few weeks!! Some green things we do include growing a big garden every year, planing fruit and nut trees, and berry bushes. My kids and I take care of the garden and it feeds us most of the summer. We also get a lot of extra food that we can to eat during the winter. Additionally, we buy locally grown meats and eggs. We try really hard to eat local foods instead of the food you can buy at the grocery store. We currently live in a town of about 2,000 people, but we are almost ready to build a home out by our barn. Our home will be a passive house. That means it will be warm in brutally cold Iowa winters without a furnace! We're also going to install a solar electricity system so we can generate our own electricity. Being a "green" family is very important to us because we think it's important to conserve our limited resources and find cleaner ways to produce energy. I look forward to hearing from you!
Hi Michelle Marine! I am a student im Mrs. Combs class . Do you know a air quality chemist? If you do, how much fun do they think their job is?
I do not know any air quality chemists. In fact, until you posed this question, I had never heard of them! :-) Personally, I think their job would be quite boring. But I never really liked chemistry that much - except when I cook. Then I think chemistry is quite cool. What about you? Would you like to be an air quality chemist?
I personally enjoy chemistry and science so i think that this career would be great for me! I have a chemistry set at my house that I play around with very often.
Jason, I wonder if Mrs. Marine ever uses any information that an air quality chemist might have been responsible for determining. For example, I wonder if she might keep track of pollen counts if anyone in her family has allergies or asthma. Maybe in the building of their new passive house, they will have to consider air quality issues somehow. I wonder if there is a question you can pose that will really relate to her.
Hi!! I was wondering if you would like to be an environmental film producer. A film producer oversees all departments of the film like acting, filming, costumes, and editing. For example, you could produce a documentary investigating California's wildfires, a TV special explaning the importance of recycling, an IMAX movie about how global warming is harming coral reefs, or a story line about the effects of overfishing tuna in the ocean. The highlights are traveling into the wilderness to film wildlife, seeing your work on the big screen, interviewing scientists to get accurate information about wildlife, and working with computers, cameras, and editing tools to produce the finished product. Would you like to be an environmental film producer or not?
Being an environmental film producer sounds like a lot of fun. I could travel and meet interesting people. Bringing attention to problems and helping solve them would be very fulfilling. Do you know what I would have to study in college to become an environmental film producer?
You wouldn't need a specific degree but you can have one in film or in a certain area like acting, directing, or like excellence in using a camera.
Emily, environmental film producers make environmental films, right? I wonder if Mrs. Marine has a favorite film about an environmental issue. Framing your question to your audience will help you relate to them better!
Hi! My name is Braxton! I am is Ms. Combs GT class. I am doing my project on a Product Technologist. I have a couple of questions to ask you. First I would like to know... On a scale of 1-10 how "green" do you think our world is? Also do you know of any materials that can harm your crops but also help them? If so what material or chemical can do these things, and why is it good or bad for your crops? Do you think there is a way to improve this material or chemical where it will always be helpful snd not harmful?
Thank you very much and I look foward to hearing from you soon!
Hi Braxton, That's a really tough question. Sadly, I don't think the world is very green at all. The degree also varies according to exactly where in the world you mean. The county I live in in Eastern Iowa has the dirtiest air quality in all of Iowa. It's dirtier even than some of the larger cities. We also have a lot of farmers who use what I consider to be dangerous agricultural chemicals. These chemicals are all supposed to be safe for humans, but I tend to disagree. The well water out at our barn is so contaminated with ag chemicals that it is unsafe to drink. A crop dusting helicopter crashed not far from our barn last year and spilled all of its dangerous insecticides in a creek resulting in a massive fish kill. All local people were warned to keep out of the creek. Sadly, I think it's a pretty brown world. Most people can't even be bothered to recycle soda cans. :-(
Hi! my name is Sophie and I would like to be an Environmental Lawyer. When you were moving into the barn did any environmental laws affect you?
We did not face any environmental laws, but we might have, had we moved the barn farther. We only moved our barn a 1/4 mile and did not have any power lines or roads to deal with. The barn's electricity had long been disabled, so that was not an issue either. There also was no hazardous waste stored in or around the barn. If we had moved the barn a greater distance, or if there had been any kind of dangerous waste, we may have had to deal with environmental laws.
Gwendolynn Millen Combs