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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1 year 8 months ago

What you’re doing is absolutely great, we really need more people to support this cause since there is a large amount of cases surrounding sexual assaults. There is no justice whatsoever in what’s happening these days, all these cases are being turned down are just making the idea of rape culture grow bigger and bigger. Rape culture is a set of beliefs which encourages the violence against women and male sexual aggression. Many women are currently suffering from sexual abuse and no one is standing up to it, if the judges in court are not reacting and saying things like “vigorous or creative enough in trying to stop the assault” then it will only get worse from here and people will try to assault others even more. Also, imagine women of color trying to stand up for themselves at court and being shut down, society will never be able to improve because of this. So we really need more people to join these organizations to help women reach out and stand up for themselves.

Here is an article that talks about how the victims are being blamed for rape instead of the rapists
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/womens-blog/2014/nov/21/police-...

1 year 8 months ago

Short and concise! Well written. Your article brings forth to the many controversies created by the advancement of the internet. The advancements of internet impede on citizens’ privacy as the government uses the network to collect data’s on everyone. For instance, the event with Edward Snowden back in 2013 led people to consider about internet privacy and espionage. However, on a gender point of view, the advancement in internet brings forth to both advantages and disadvantages. Network expansion allowed ideas to spread faster such as feminism. On the other hand, it creates room for discrimination also. This is similar to “Gamergate.” Its creation was to defend journalists while they review video games such as GTA. Although used for its primary purpose, #Gamergate is used more often to ease women journalists’ harassment by males. Harassment techniques range from sharing personal information to sending death threats. One of the possible reasons for all the harassment might be since men are taught, since very young age, that they are superior to women. Men are subjects, whereas women are objects. This can be seen in pornography, advertisements, songs, and so on. In this case, to an extent, we can understand why the harassment towards women happens, yet it is unacceptable. Internet censorship and tracking could prevent discrimination while impeding on people’s rights. IN this case, which one is more important?

The following link have more information concerning #Gamergate:
http://gawker.com/what-is-gamergate-and-why-an-explainer-for-non-geeks-1...

The following link have more details concerning Edward Snowden:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden

1 year 8 months ago

I found your analysis of one of the most internationally controversial incidents of the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 to be very clear and insightful.
I think an interesting perspective of this situation would be to analyze why many people believed Ryan Lochte’s “over-exaggeration”. I think undeserved privilege aided Lochte in his claim and thus increased society’s plausibility to accept his version of the event. Privilege is when certain individuals receive unearned advantages, granted based on their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity etc. In Western society, those with the most privilege are white heterosexual males such as himself. Due to the concept of intersectionality, Lochte also has the advantage of being a famous and masculine swimmer who represented team USA. Due to his identity, he is believed to be an honest, credible and idolized individual. Furthermore, it was Lochte’s word against those of foreigners, who do not meet the Western criteria that merit certain privileges in our society. In this case, privilege is expressed in the form of having your word believed by a mass of people before all facts are released, as well as having a large amount of media coverage portraying Lochte as a victim. If Lochte was of a different nationality, I believe the opinion of the population; his credibility and the amount of media coverage would not have been the same, especially considering his supposed attackers were individuals who held positions of authority.
Lochte is not the first professional athlete to use his privileged life to his advantage. Here is an article that discusses Brock Turner’s white male privilege during his sexual assault case you may be interested in reading. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/09/standford-rape-case-whit...

Young, Damon. “The Stanford sexual assault case: a white privilege cake with vanilla frosting on top.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 9 June 2016, www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/09/standford-rape-case-white-privil.... Accessed 5 Apr. 2017.

1 year 8 months ago

I enjoyed reading your post as it was highly informative and thought-provoking. Your arguments are backed up with interesting statistics, and overall, your article contains detailed explanations that facilitated my understanding of the topic. I entirely agree with you on this issue: it is not right to let the victims of spousal violence alone in fear and abuse. As you mentioned, protecting the victims must be the primary objective. However, what if, instead, we examined the other side of the coin and tried to pinpoint the cause of this prominently gendered problem? According to the statistics, victims of abuse in married or divorced couples are mostly females, whereas the perpetrators are mostly males. Why is violence a masculine phenomenon? “Hegemonic masculinity” might perhaps answer this question. (Below, I have linked an article that discusses more thoroughly the correlation between hegemonic masculinity and violence.) More specifically, this term, originated from the patriarchal worldview, defines a type of masculinity that advertises male dominance. This social construct tells men that asserting power over women is not only acceptable but also the right way to prove their manhood. Because of hegemonic masculinity’s message, some men believe to “own” their wives and view the latter as mere possessions that must submit to their desires. This worldview results to unhealthy relationships that may lead to domestic violence. In sum, because spousal abuse is a multifaceted issue, Ontario should not only improve the protection of the victims as you noted but also prioritize their policies regarding the offenders of this gendered crime.

“Gender and Violence Through a Hegemonic Masculinity Lens: A Reflection from South Africa” by Trevor McArthur:
http://feministing.com/2013/06/17/gender-and-violence-through-a-hegemoni...

Reply to: A Passion
1 year 8 months ago

The use of specific terms give credibility to your recommendations. Even if you use these words, it is still easy to understand the integrality of your steps. The only thing that I find too simple is the last step. I would have personally chosen another step to describe because I found it quite obvious. But, the structure of your text and the presence of many transition words were simply awesome!

Reply to: The Reporter's War
1 year 8 months ago

I though your text was well-organized due to your subtitles illustrating your steps and your ideas. I liked the visual support, it is clearly showing the danger that War Reporters have to often face. It is easy to understand the main message of your whole text, because your introduction is simple and easy to read. On the other hand, a conclusion would have been necessary to remember the main points of your text. In general, it was an interesting text!

Reply to: Planning a Budget
1 year 8 months ago

The structure of the whole text is quite impressive. You were able to present a subject difficult to explain and, it was interesting and easy to undertstand due to your perfect introduction. By choosing this subject, it was simple to lose the reader but by creating many paragraphs, you were able to correctly illustrate the steps. Maybe it would have also been clearer if you used titles in your paragraphs to separate the steps. Despite this fact, the whole text was awesome, informative and fun to read!

Reply to: Photography Rules
1 year 8 months ago

I really like the way you explain your informations. It could have been very hard to understand or very annoying because of the complexity of the subject, but in fact, it is very fluid and pleasant to read. I also have to mention that it is nicely illustrate!

1 year 8 months ago

Hello Alexane, your subject is great and well explained. I think it is useful because people often underestimate how is complexe to be a good group animator. It will maybe be more easy to follow and remember the text if the paragraph have subheading. You used good pictures as reference and some great advices in the conclusion.

1 year 8 months ago

This article is really great, website are a part of our daily activities and it is interesting to learn parts of the system of their creation. The introduction is very clear and bring me in the good mood for the rest of the text. The paragraph are well divided. I agree with the comment of jeannereid14, it is always important to made a last check up before posting the article.

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