Humans Are Organisms, Too
By Terrence Gooden
I feel that my role as a human organism in our schoolyard ecosystem is a lazy job. I feel this way because I litter too! My schoolyard ecosystem includes: soda cans, candy wrappers, six-pack rings which hold soda cans, and animal traps. The interactions I would change are to walk a little further to a trashcan. I would change that interaction because, if I leave trash all over Tower Grove Park then it would attract unwanted animals. My interactions I would keep the same would be throwing bread to the animals and making birdhouses.
The harmful effect I feel other human interactions have had on our schoolyard ecosystems include: throwing charcoal from barbequing. Also, cutting the grass can be helpful and sometimes, it can be bad because some animal’s homes are on or can be in the leaves. The reason I believe the interaction between me and friends, causes a harmful effect because we trap tiny bugs from getting to where they need to be by throwing soda cans on the ground.
The beneficial effect interactions already present in our schoolyard are: trashcans, birdhouses, and planting more trees. The beneficial effects we can add to our schoolyard ecosystems are: make sure to pick up litter, don’t dig in the dirt, and don’t pull plants out of the ground. We can do this by taking ten minutes to look around Tower Grove Park to pick up litter. One way to change littering on the ground is by throwing away my trash in the trashcan. I would encourage others to help by calling them to tell them to take ten minutes of the day to pick up litter. Also, me and my friends can get together to build birdhouses.
Another way we can help the ecosystem is to install cameras in public parks and places to see if people are littering, then if they do litter be given a fine. In conclusion another way to save the ecosystem is to buy more recycle bins for all schools.