2015 Earth Day Global Conversation

About this class

Participants in the 2015 Global Conversation, an event organized by Minneapolis Community and Technical College, can join this class to continue to discuss issues broached on Earth Day 2015. 

Videos of the days conversations will be shared here and students who participated in the conversation will be able to have conversations around environmental issues while other students from within the newsactivist network who may not have attended the conversations can also share in the conversation. 

There are many challenges that we face in our 21st century if we want to have a sustainable world –a more peaceful and justice world for ourselves and future generations all across the world.   How we think about and value and treat our Earth -our Environment -is a crucial component for addressing all the major challenges we currently face both locally and worldwide.   At the heart of all major global challenges  (food, water, air, energy, resources,  poverty…..) is the environment and the changes now upon us all  from Climate Change.   No one country alone can “save” our planet from our “modern” world.  Global Education and Global Communication & Relationships are essential.   The key to a better world needs countries to come together and work together to address Environment and Climate Change issues.   This can happen only if the peoples from different cultures and walks of life come together as global citizens who see a common interest.   We must do this within our own country as well as with peoples in other countries of the world.  As college educators at MCTC we want to offer our students more opportunities to meet and learn from students who live outside of the U.S. --in other countries and regions of our planet.   

The MCTC Earth Day Global Conversations Program is our first attempt to use our technology to give our students opportunities to meet and converse with students outside of the U.S.

 

 

Global Conversations by Minneapolis Technical and Community College
by bshambla on October 30, 2015
The article UN: Climate plans must go further to prevent dangerous warming by BBC News highlights a recent assessment by the UN on the national climate plans put forth by its member states. These plans, called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), are expected to be a major building block in the formation of a new climate change treaty at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. The UN says that these plans cover about 86% of global emissions, which is a significant increase from the amount covered by the Kyoto Protocol in 2005.

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Global Conversations by Minneapolis Technical and Community College
by bshambla on October 16, 2015
The goal of this article is to report on some of the oil and gas industry’s present and future projects in reducing environmental impacts, and to reflect on the industry’s current trend towards integrated change for the betterment of environmental and financial performance.The main players in the article are oil and gas companies and organizations involved with the industry. It details that companies need to find new ways to balance environmental initiatives in the weak economy.

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Global Conversations by Minneapolis Technical and Community College
by koreilly3 on October 16, 2015
Due to recent economic downfall in regards to Canada’s mild recession, companies are beginning to feel the heat of investing so much money into Alberta’s oil sands. The price of gas has fallen dramatically over the past year and the oil sand companies have begun to push back project start dates and goals. When a company invests in the oil sands, it is based on a 40-year time frame and, therefore, the companies have to wait out the low times such as this in order to benefit in the future.

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Global Conversations by Minneapolis Technical and Community College
by A.Boudreau on October 15, 2015
      The article Canada’s Tinder Men Are Annoying Black Women with Their Racist and Sexist Bullshit written by Eternity Martis. The article was published by Vice on September 28, 2015. The article talks about black women’s experience on Tinder. Several Women from Toronto were interviewed and questioned about their experience with the men found on Tinder. Most of the woman said to be victim of racism. Most of the white males who would message them would approach them with sexual intentions.

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Global Conversations by Minneapolis Technical and Community College
by bshambla on September 25, 2015
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/01/us/politics/desperately-dry-california...   Summary

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Global Conversations by Minneapolis Technical and Community College
by fraserberry on September 25, 2015
                                                                                Bury Nuclear Waste Beside the Great Lakes? Bad Idea! Written by: Fraser Berry     Summary:    

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Global Conversations by Minneapolis Technical and Community College
by Robbybigp on September 25, 2015
“NDP Unveils $105 million plan to revive forestry sector” CBC news Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-mulcair-ndp-forestry-1.3243412  

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Global Conversations by Minneapolis Technical and Community College
by koreilly3 on September 23, 2015
Scientists are sending out a plea for the oceans. The global climate change that humans have been contributing to has started the threat of mass extinction in the oceans. Heating of the oceans causes the acidity to rise which in turn forces ocean wildlife to either migrate to new areas or to try to adapt to the change in environment. 40% of coral reefs have died due to human action and climate change. Massive bottom trawlers scrape away the seabed, tearing apart coral reefs and upturning tons of debris. Today, over 460000 m2 is used for oil mining in the deep ocean.

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Global Conversations by Minneapolis Technical and Community College
by Diana Loachamín on May 26, 2015
SIEMBRATÓN It was the most ambitious national reforestation event in the history of Ecuador. The target was met. Ecuador achieved a new Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously growing plants. On the day of reforestation May 16 active participation of 44 883 people, 191 parishes was achieved. The volunteers, who included Scouts, students, government officials and representatives of the private sector, 647 250 plants planted in a total area of 1997 hectares.

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Global Conversations by Minneapolis Technical and Community College
by Diana Loachamín on May 8, 2015
    In Ecuador there is special attention to promoting the culture of recycling. The aim is to minimize the impacts generated waste pollution. It will focus on the most popular beaches such as Salinas, Ballenita, Puerto Lopez, bat, Crucita, Manabi. And Atacames, Tonsupa and Same, Esmeraldas.     ElComercio.com  

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Global Conversations by Minneapolis Technical and Community College
by Gabe Admin on April 21, 2015
Hi everyone, Tomorrow, videos are expected to be posted here of the conversations that will have just taken place between students in Minneapolis and students from around the world. Students from the participating institutions and other institutions can watch the videos and share developing perspectives by commenting on the embedded videos.

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Global Conversations by Minneapolis Technical and Community College
by Gabe Admin on April 19, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Minneapolis Community and Technical College is hosting a Global Conversation on Environmental Issues. That day, students from eight countries will be joining together via videoconference to discuss how these issues are impactful locally and globally.

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4 days 4 hours ago

I think that your project is a great idea since there most likely will be many other groups with great projects to help the environment that will need more funding than what is offered to them. Also, it has a lot of potential to make a lot of money that will end up going towards a good cause. However, my only concern is how you will go about selling these tickets and advertising your campaign. I think that maybe you should get it out there on social media and explain how this will help the environment so people will 1) be more aware of the existence of the project and 2) be more motivated to actually buy the tickets. Other than that, I think it is a very creative and useful project that will help many others.

4 days 4 hours ago

From what I have read, there is a lot of good factual information concerning the context of your project. As a matter of fact, E-waste is a huge problem here in Quebec and Canada. I like the graph that you put in there and I think you were able to make the subject of E-waste understandable to everybody, which is essential for getting people involved and making your project happen. However, I wish your project looked more like a proposal form, that way we would know what the steps were that you will take in order to complete it. Other than that, good job on the informational part and keep at it.

1 month 2 days ago

I agree with your point; our culture promotes sedentary life to children. Video games, TV, computers, or cell phones are all part of this subtle issue. As you explained teachers, parents and government should aim to sensitive children about the importance to practice sports.
I think we should firstly convince parents and teachers of the importance of physical activities. Indeed, education is the key to solve this problem. There are four principal advantages that parents and teachers would like to see their children gain through sports. There is social skills, self-esteem, academic success, and lifelong health. Indeed, sports help children with there social skills throughout the interactions with their teammates and coaches. Furthermore, physical activities help children to trust their abilities and interpret criticisms as constructive rather than an insult. In addition, sports are directly related to academic success. Children learn to apply the same effort and concentration in their school works than in their sports. Finally, physical activities promote a healthy life which reduces the risks of diseases and increase the quality of your children’s life.

Link: https://www.livestrong.com/article/160825-why-should-children-play-sports/

1 month 2 days ago

I disagree with your point; cities are area of continuous change. In other words, they are always evolving and the physical characteristics of a neighbourhood need to change several times within few years. Otherwise, the neighbourhood will become old and poor. Furthermore, gentrification is not exclusively against old neighbours, it also has some interesting outcomes for them.
For instance, it helps the creation of new infrastructures and new career opportunities. We also observed a decline in the criminal rate and an influx of diversity. Indeed, buildings or public space are renovated with the money of the new taxpayers. In addition, the taxes also increase the funds for the local schools. The creation of new stores, café and restaurants create job opportunities for the old residents. Furthermore, the gentrification of a neighbourhood reduces the criminal rate. Finally, the neighbourhood embraces a greater diversity with the arrival a new resident.

Link: https://money.howstuffworks.com/gentrification2.htm

Reply to: Toxic airplanes
1 month 6 days ago

I fully agree with the fact that aviation is one of the cause of climate change and it is damaging the environment. But, this is not the worst part, since air transport has only increased in recent years, both for export and import of goods but also for travel. There are even a lot of people who decide to fly when they could have taken a few hours by car or bus, just to go faster. The planes pollute worse than cars, for example if four people decide to share a car, they are collectively responsible for emitting only 104 kilograms of CO2 and while if they had choosen to taking up four seats on a plane would generate some 736 kilograms of carbon dioxide.

Some might say that if we managed to make electric cars, why not electric planes? But this is not as simple as that, unfortunately, since aircraft do not run on renewable energies. This is a major problem which is not ready to be resolved. And, if we decide to reduce international flights, places that survive only from tourism, like some little islands that would live in poverty without it, will be the first to experience a decline in their economy! So this is a very complex situation!

Reply to: Toxic airplanes
1 month 6 days ago

I do agree with your opinion to some point. Yes, planes can cause a big impact on the environment by the release of C02 gases. Nowadays, we live in a world that is dependent on airplanes. Because of that, reducing the impact of climate change due to planes would be really hard. As you wrote, we need planes for exportation and for tourism. The world’s economy depends on that. If some countries lived without tourism, they would be stuck with even more poverty.
If we take a wider look at the problem of global warming, planes are not the factor that contributes the most to climate changes. In your article, it is written that «it presently accounts for 4-9% of the total climate change impact of human activity». If we really want to reduce climate change, the first thing that we should be concerned about is livestock. This might seem surprising for a lot of people but with the way we raise livestock in developed countries nowadays, cows are actually releasing the most C02 and methane gases. The methane produced by cows « warms the world 20 times faster than carbon dioxide». They are the actual biggest threat to the environment. In an article from Independent Magazine, it is said that the world’s top destroyer of the environment are not the cars nor the planes but are in fact the cows. If we compare statistics, livestock are responsible for 18% of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. This percentage is higher than planes, cars, and all other forms of transport put together. I’m not saying that planes are good for the environment, but they are not as bad as other forms and origins of greenhouses gas emissions such the ones coming from livestock. We should be more alarmed by modern livestock agriculture than all forms of transport put together including plane transportation.
So, I believe that reducing the amount of meat consumed by each household would be an easier solution to reducing the climate changes rather than raising fuel prices that would at the same time discourage the tourism in countries that need it the most. By taking the problem at it’s source (where it’s the worst), we can really contribute to reducing the release of C02 and at the same time, reduce the environmental impacts considerably.

1 month 3 weeks ago

I love the title. Really cool.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Your car must be cool!

Reply to: Mcdonald problems
1 month 3 weeks ago

Shame on you Erica. There's so many people in need and you just ate the burger...where is the respect nowadays.

Reply to: My crime
1 month 3 weeks ago

what a brave young woman!!!!

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