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105 Claire Cesljarev on Mar 27, 2009

To Fulton Hanson,

Thank you!  I have been so guilty driving my kids around in the mini van.  But if i sell it, then someone else will be driving it.  Here’s to driving slow!  I’ll start tomorrow on my trip to Michigan from Indiana.

106 Keisha Short on Feb 05, 2011

This is an article that really makes you want to get involved. It is a true eye opener. Before I read this I was not aware of the Bystander Effect. But after reading this, I have realized that I have been in many situations where I have been the person to just sit and stare. Now that I have acquired information about this, I know that if I get put in some sort of situation where something needs to be done to break the ice, I could do it. If more people were aware of this effect, maybe there would be more people involved in ‘becoming a hero.’ The author has set a very good example with making simple changes to her every day life that ultimately make our world a better place to live. Now, what is stopping everyone else? Making changes and taking initiative is the only thing that is going to make this world a better place, stabilizing our climate, not only for ourselves but for our children as well.

107 Kaitlin Denee Calhoun on Feb 07, 2011

I really enjoyed reading this article, to tell you the truth. I love how the author grabbed the reader’s attention right from the beginning with the situation happening on the train and nobody was helping. I have heard of the bystander effect and sadly it is what it is. Everybody on earth would stand by and watch horrible things happen because they believe that someone else would take control of the situation. We will help others don’t get me wrong, but every group of people needs orders to follow from a leader to do something. The example would be the author on the train who spoke up and took leadership of the problem and only then did people respond to the crisis by doing what the leader told them to do. Humans as a species are very much like robots. We do good or bad by following the orders of a leader. Take away the power of the leader and you take away his followers. Leaders make history everyday and are neither good nor bad, but are what the culture deems them. I’m sure the author was considered a hero for taking action, but some heroes have a two faced coin. Take Hitler. He was a hero to his followers, but a villain to his enemies. Both sides will make their arguments but they both have this in common: Bystanders on both sides stood and watched the holocaust happen and did nothing because they believed that somebody else would take center stage. They did not do anything unless a leader told them it was good or bad and then they would spring into action. This is just one out of many examples of the bystander effect. I do not think the material of the article really fits with the article, because for more than half of it, the author spoke of the bystander effect and then switched to how to be a climate hero close to the end. I understand the author was just trying to grab he reader’s attention but I feel like they could have got to the how to be a climate hero part much sooner then rambling on and on about the bystander effect. I do however believe in the whole recycling bit because my family does with the paper bags from grocery stores and wal mart and such. We also save the boxes a lot of the time to use as boxes to wrap birthday and Christmas presents in. AAll and all it was an okay article to read.

108 Ellis White on Feb 07, 2011

This was a fantastic article to read. I was aware of the bystander effect before I read the article, but I wasn’t aware the effect was greater the more people were in the area. This ties in fantastically with pollution because there are many people in the world who pollute the environment mindlessly every single day, thinking someone else will take care of the mess, thinking someone else will take action for their carelessness. If our generation doesn’t take charge by starting to limit our pollution, we are going to be facing some serious trouble within the near future.  Personally, I already try to limit pollution already. For example, I walk to my post office as opposed to driving the car. It is little things that could make a difference, and I encourage everyone to start making a difference today. This was a fantastic article. I am looking forward to reading more into this subject, thank you.

109 Jasmine Gayheart on Feb 07, 2011

The first time I read this I was surprised about the by stander effect. However, I agree with it. But I was unsure of how it related to climate change until I read the last paragraph. When most people are in an emergency situation, they often freeze and are unsure of what to do. It’s often not that they do not want to help others; it is that they do not know how they can help. The easiest thing for them to do would be to call 9-1-1. I have saw news reports of people that are pretending to be hurt in the middle of the street. Most people that walked by the person would simple just glance at him and go on. One person even stopped to take a picture from his cell phone!  I believe that change needs to occur. However, I find it hard to not own a car around here because places that I need to go are not in walking or biking distance.

110 Samantha Sturgill on Feb 09, 2011

I love how this article is set up, and how It’s simple and real. I actively watch reality TV, and I’ve seen more than once this bystander effect. In once instance in a bad neighborhood a young man was beat until unconscious in front of a store in broad daylight, with many passersby. This man lay there on the side walk out cold for an hour before someone finally called 9-1-1. He died at the hospital but doctors said if he had gotten help sooner he may have lived. I have studied as a nurse and take more CPR/first aid classes than I can count, so I after it crosses my mind and I process the situation I have no problem acting. Whether it be to provide medical attention or just simply call 9-1-1. But I have been a victim of this bystander affect before, although I know what to do when someone is having a seizure and even though I saw someone doing it wrong I was in a big cafeteria full of people who were doing nothing as well. If my parents and the people I associate with aren’t on board when it comes to helping the environment I don’t really go out of my way either. I never litter, turn down my thermostat, and use less water, but it’s not nearly enough. But as long as everyone else is passive I probably will be too. But living in such a country setting it is a little harder to cut back, like when it comes to driving, I have to drive, there is no way around it. Every place I need to go is too far away to travel differently. More people need to stand up for the environment which in turn would make even more stand up for it.

111 Jean on Feb 09, 2011

I send in my learned comment re Global warming to 5 newspapers per day.I have done this for over a year.If only one person reads my comments then 365x5=1,645 people have been reminded that there is a Climate crisis.I have to believe in the power of one,bec there is not one organized group re Global Warming in Okla..Inhofe territory in many ways right now

112 Jason on Feb 17, 2011

The Bystander Effect has plagued us all at least once throughout our lives. We’ve seen someone in serious trouble, and just stared at them as if we were watching a movie and waiting for the hero to save the day. Usually there is one in the crowd that stops forward and takes action. But when it comes to life and death situations every second is valuable. The longer the crowd waits to help the victim, the less likely they’ll survive. That’s metaphor is similar to the one Schulman made. Honestly, it has opened my eyes, to the dangers of doing nothing to stop of the effects of the climate change. A large portion of the public has no idea the effects climate change has on the Earth and why it’s happening. This quote from Shulman hit home, “Scientists tell us we have ten years, if that, to make significant changes. Every indication, from ice caps to defrosting tundra, seems to show this is the tipping point. This is our moment. Perhaps you never thought you’d get a chance to play hero. Here it is” (np). If we continue to stand by and do nothing, then we as the human race will regret it, and we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves.

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