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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Reply to: My crime
20 hours 10 min ago

It's real and yes, Alyson was so happy for what I did. I was also scared of direction but I didn't want to lose her so I did what I did.

Reply to: The candy thief
20 hours 14 min ago

Everyone stole candies in their life...

20 hours 16 min ago

It's like Clay in 13 reasons why, when they forced him to drink alcool, but they weren't their friends... cool story.

Reply to: My crime
23 hours 14 min ago

I don't know if this is a real story, but if it is I don't know how you did it. When I was younger I was such afraid of the direction. I went into their office one time and I was petrified because I was so scare of them. I also hope that Alyson was grateful for what you did for her. Anyway, you are a courageous person because I am not sure that I would have done it.

Reply to: Green Apples
23 hours 24 min ago

It's a really good story, I like the way you wrote it. Your story has many details ; we are able to picture the story in our head. Your story reminds me when I was younger. I have two older brothers and I always wanted to impress them. I did things just to prove them that I was able to do it even though I knew it wasn't always good.

1 day 13 hours ago

I'm surprised that John managed to get away without having to meet the police because breaking a window can be a crime of destruction of property. Maybe his girlfriend didn't call the police because she felt a bit guilty of cheating.

Reply to: Mcdonald problems
1 day 13 hours ago

It's not that bad that you took the burger in my opinion because it reminds me of one time where my mother ordered a pizza with 3 packs of fries at the local restaurant but when she came back home she found out that there was 7 packs of fries instead of 3. She called the restaurant right away but they told her to keep them because of some kind of laws or hygienic rules.

Reply to: Hit and Run
1 day 15 hours ago

That man must have been really mad to push a young teen on the ground. I'm sure shouting would have been enough to scare a boy.

1 week 16 hours ago
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Reply to: A Gifted Director
2 months 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed reading your essay. i really like Ghibli from I were child, so your essay was very interesting. And I was surprised at the year of Studio Ghibli established. I thought it has a long history, but very young studio. I did not care what is the message they want to tell us through their movie, but after reading your essay, I want to know the meaning their movie has. Thanks to your essay, I can enjoy Ghibli's movie more and more.

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