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Educational Outreach: Secondary (High) Schools and Universities
Feedback from the students of Worthington Kilbourne High School, Columbus, Ohio - September 28, 2006

Student - 38

Summary:

Mr. Marr Thank you for coming to our class to speak. Your presentation was very fine and I wish you the best in your future!

  • The youth of today must rise up and save the endangered species. Illegal animal trade is at $10 billion each year and growing, and is the second largest illegal in the world only to the drug trade.
  • Captive born and bred tigers do not know how to hunt, to take care of their young and interact with wild tigers. Efforts to introduce them into the wild have all failed so far.
  • There are very few tigers left and poaching is a big problem. In the case of the tigress Sita, "one bullet killed three tigers", because her cubs were too young to take care of themselves.
  • Deforestation and overgrazing are the two major causes of deforestation and desertification. Biogas and solar thermal energy will reduce the dependence on wood as fuel.

Opinion:

I really enjoyed this presentation. To be quite honest, I went into the room dreading the length of time that it was going to last, but it was exceptional. Anthony Marr kept my attention through the entire period and he brought along material that was not dry so that it filled the time.

The only suggestion I would give him is to vary presentation methods. While it did not seem long to me, a hundred minutes of slideshow can be lengthy for some.

I believe that Marr made some very good arguments. It was a real eye-opener to see that so many tigers have died in just a few years, and that so many species are now extinct or on the brink of extinction. I also enjoyed hearing about his efforts. I believe that what he has dedicated his life to is a very noble cause.

He has not, however, convinced me to give up eating meat and become a vegetarian or a vegan. I respect that he is a vegan, but I like eating meat, eggs and cheese too much to give it up. While I believe he has good intentions, I do not believe it will have a huge effect in the long run. Tigers do prey on other animals and I think I will imitate the tiger in this aspect of my life.

I have also concluded that Mr. Marr is an extremely intelligent man. For the chemistry question that was asked, I had to look up oxidation/combustion reactions in my AP Chem notes to work out the problem whereas he had the exact numbers on hand. I am fresh out of the class but he has been out of the classroom for years, but still can know enough chemistry to be able to give such a detailed response.

Since he is such an intelligent man who had such a vast amount of dedication in his field, I believe that he will succeed in his cause and I have come to respect Mr. Marr to a great extent.
 

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