posted on Jul, 2 2005 @ 01:17 AM
So maybe this isn't for ATS, but it does apply to Fragile Earth.
From my other posts, some of you may know I work for an ecology center.
We did a program for 80 kids today. The group leaders were informed of what we were doing today and what not to do - on that list was to use
Half of them came into the nature center and sat down, so we asked where the others were...
"Oh, they're out putting on bug spray."
First of all...do you even know what you're putting on?
Are you aware that bug spray doesn't know the difference between a bug that bites you and a butterfly?
Are you aware that if you pick up an amphibian (frog, salamander, toad, etc.) with bug spray on you KILL IT?
Are you aware that DEET can have sever effects on young children's skin, nails, and hair, BONE DENSITY and human sexyal fertility?
Think about it, bug spray is meant to break down bugs...bugs are covered with an exoskeleton made of protein, chitin, calcium, etc.
Our skin, hair, nails and bones contain calcium and other proteins.
SO...bug spray to break down that stuff on bugs...bug spray to break down that stuff on US.
PLUS. today was a windy day...mosquitos don't fly when it's windy.
PLUS. today in the woods was cool...mosquitos won't bother you when it's cooler out.
As my boss says, it's a trade off....kids with bug spray have a choice:
They can either touch animals, and get a few bites,
Or they can sit there, poisoning themselves and everything else...
Ain't nothing wrong with a few bites.
And I PROMISE... you won't get encephalitis, Avian Flu, AIDS, lung cancer, malaria, chicken pox, mono, ateriosclerosis, or a broken ankle from a few
You WILL however, KILL butterflies, bees, lady bugs, cute caterpillars, spiders, frogs, toads, salamanders, dragonflies, and lightening bugs if you
wear bug spray...
(Just something to think about the next time you reach for the DEET)