Contemporary Issues Winter 2015

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This course is designed to introduce students to the essential concepts of Sustainability; a cross disciplinary field, integrating the economic, environmental, and social (socio-political) concerns. Students will conduct inquiry into the social, political, environmental and economic impact of contemporary and emerging global issues through the lens of sustainability. This course consolidates learning across the disciplines to empower students as agents of change for a sustainable and equitable future.

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by Adam.Jarmak on April 29, 2015
We are currently consuming 1.3 planets, we as a planet are living an unsuitable life. The 15 commodities are unsustainable and cause major damage to the environment. Examples of the 15 are sugarcane, cotton dairy and whitefish. I will be writing on whitefish.

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by Ziying Feng on April 22, 2015
In this TED Talk video “How big brands can help save biodiversity” Jason Clay introduces to us many important factors that have to be taken into account when it comes to creating a sustainable civilization which won't completely wreck the planet as we know it. There exists 35 major geographical locations that must be preserved at all costs, because these locations are the key pillars to the well-being of planetary biodiversity and environment.

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by bohbotj on April 22, 2015
We live on ONE planet, we must wake up to the fact that we don’t have anymore. We know the limits of the resources we have but we simply cannot ignore the fact that they are finite. Scientists have found that we are living at 1.3 planets since 1990 we crossed the line of living in a sustainable practice. In the upcoming years, global income is estimated to grow at an average of 1.9 times which will undoubtedly affect the amount of natural resources. The math suggests that we must triple production of good and services.

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by austinr on April 22, 2015
      The inspirational Ted Talks video selected as one of the best from the TED Conference is titled: “How big brands can help save biodiversity” hosted by speaker Jason Clay who is the WWF’s Senior Vice President of Market Transformation. This video focuses on sustainability and how competing companies need to work together in respect to the products their selling in order for our resources and environment to uphold. The video specifically targets 15 main commodities, which hold most threat towards preserving biodiversity.

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by giovannigebran on April 22, 2015
Jason Clay started by showing the most important commodities that need to become more sustainable in order to support life in many countries. There are 15 of these commodities that need to become sustainable, he then explains how we could solve the huge problem that keeps growing. Clay shows how the problem has to taken care of before it occurs, which means before the production of the commodity, on the bigger scale between the corporations themselves. He pinpoints 100 companies that have huge impact on their respective commodity.

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by MalloryJ on April 22, 2015
John Clays TED talk: “How big brands can help save biodiversity” goes on to convince 100 key companies to go sustainable.  Jason Clay says that international companies will shift to protect our planet that human’s consumption has outgrown.  He talks about how his he has gotten big brand rivals to agree on green practices first before their products are put on store shelves.   

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by Yan Lun Chan on April 21, 2015
         The 15 commodities are the top products companies are using to sell to the consumer. The reason why 100 companies are interested in these 15 commodities (beef, soy, timber, tuna etc…) is because they are interested to develop a sustainable (and environmentally stable) practice to continue making money and having an “infinite” source of product. In the article, “Beef industry works to become more environmentally sustainable” talks about the importance of sustainable beef production.

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by mandyt_ran on April 21, 2015
http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/11/26/ikea-pledges-100-certified...

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by joshuamb on April 21, 2015
The importance of the 15 commodities is that if we just extract them in a non sustainable way then we will be hurting our planet. We only got one planet so we have to keep it safe. One of the 15 commodities is palm oil. 50 million tons of palm oil is produce annually, It supplies 30% of the worlds vegetable oil. Palm oil is harming the environment the way we are extracting it. Do to the way we extract the palm oil we have destroyed 90% of the orangutans habitat in the last 20 years. We will need to stop that conserve the planet and not extinct the orangutans.

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by wayneboybs on April 21, 2015
What are the commodities? The reason why the 15 commodities are in interest and focus its because these commodities are threats to 35 places around the world these are deforestation, soil loss, water use, pesticide use, over-fishing, etc. Intro

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by valsmith3 on April 21, 2015
              The 15 commodities, such as tuna, palm oil, beef, etc. and 100 companies, such as McDonalds, Unilever, and Ikea, are those in interest because they are the ones that are making the biggest environmental impact. If these companies make the right changes towards becoming sustainable, the other companies in competition with them will have to do the same in order to stay in the market and current. The 15 commodities are those that are the most significant according to the WWF, and the 100 companies are those who control 25% of the 15 commodities.

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by giovanna giordano on April 21, 2015
           According to Jason Clay there are 35 major countries to work on if we wish to preserve biodiversity. Palm oil, cotton, biofuels, sugarcane, pulp and paper, sawn wood, dairy, beef, soy, fish oil, farmed salmon, farmed shrimp, tuna, tropical shrimp and whitefish are the 15 commodities that fundamentally pose the biggest threat to these places. This is due to deforestation, overfishing, pesticides and other harmful actions being taken by companies. Many question how to change the production of the products being produced.

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by stephman on April 21, 2015
Since the 1990’s we have been using too much of our planets natural resources. We consume at 1.3 planets, we have past the point of sustainability for Earth. In order to save biodiversity, we all need to strategically work together as a team. We need to significantly change our practices. We have identified the 35 most significant places in the world that are essential for the ecosystem and the richest in biodiversity. The 15 commodities are the species the most at risk in those areas.

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by alex_mann on April 21, 2015
The 15 commodities and the 100 companies are of interest because they are what depicts our future, therefore meaning if we are too live in a sustainable world or not, because certain resources are running out, and fast! The 15 commodities are beef, Bio-fuels, cotton, dairy, fishmeal, timber, palm oil, salmon, shrimp farming, wild shrimp, soy, sugarcane, turn and whitefish. Therefore, change must be done, because if the overconsumption of these commodities continues, at the rate that it is, we may live in an economy that is not sustainable, eventually these resources will run out.

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by Ahmadsalah on April 21, 2015
In order to keep Earth’s biodiversity, we need to improve how we use our resources and create sustainable practices to ensure their survival. We need to set up priorities, which we need to start working on. In the Ted Talk with Jason Clay, he explains that there are 35 vital places to our ecosystem and what species are in danger of extinction in those areas. The strategy Jason Clay speaks about is focusing these 15 commodities that we need to work to preserve. They range from dairy to beef and even shrimp. The 100 companies control 25% of the production of the 15 commodities.

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by mikeelkeslassy on April 21, 2015
The article is about the most important commodity of all which is basic foods, such as chicken and wheat. This article focuses on a major company in the globalization of farming and food exports; Cargill. Cargill is an international company which employs 145,000 people in 67 different countries. According to Cargill, “Trade is sustainability”, therefore this means that when countries export food to other countries then it is sustainable in an economic, social and environmental perspective because all three are utilized when we are trading commodities.

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by Sabrina A on April 21, 2015
The fifteen commodities and one hundred companies are interested as a result of manufacturing those fifteen commodities, which are, vegetable oil, shrimp, fish, turkey, beef, cotton, pork so on and so forth. Thomas Schueneman quoted saying “King Cotton, as it came to be known in the American South, has an unsettled past.” Schueneman believes that in order to have the impact he would like to see, the 15 commodities such as cotton needs to be explored and looked into.

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by louis751 on April 21, 2015
Everything you buy -from a frozen fish to lipstick- is the end product of a complex production chain. This article is of interest, because it concerns all of us.  It is really important, because the 15 commodities are capital natural resources, whose survival is at risk.  It is also important, to look at what the 100 companies are doing, to ensure those natural resources' survival.  The 15 commodities are: Beef, Biofuels, Cotton, Dairy, Fishmeal, Timber, Palm Oil, Paper, Salmon, Shrimp Farming, Wild Shrimp, Soy, Sugarcane, Tuna, Whitefish. 

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by lorenzo69 on April 20, 2015
The reason for why we are focusing our focus and interest in the 15 commodities that are: timber paper, palm oil, cotton, biofuels, aquaculture, whitefish, tuna, sugarcane, soy, and beef.  The reason these 15 commodities are so important to our 35 countries worldwide is because they are the most important commodities for the sustainability of our economy.  The commodity in question for this text is tuna, it has undergone a continuous expansion over the past 30 years.

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3 years 11 months ago

Thank you for your post. I agree with you that in the United States it is far too easy to get a weapon. This coupled with the role media plays with violence leads to a lot of aggression. Media plays a huge role in the promotion of violence, guns and fights with various movies, video games and even popular rap music. This has a huge effect on how children, especially males, view the relationship of violence and power. I agree with you and believe this plays a role in this shooting.
Another factor that has an effect on acts of violence nowadays is discrimination. The shooter does show signs of religious discrimination. He did not like organized religion and acting violently against it in this shooting. He may have viewed other victims as inferior to him depending on their answer when asked what religion they believed in, and then shot them.
I believe that there is more to this issue than violence, discrimination and guns. I believe that there is an underlying issue. I believed that the gunman suffered from a mental health disorder or an imbalance. In order for a man to be so angry that he kills 9 people, there must be something wrong. People with good mental health do not react that way to hatred, they would not be able to kill 9 people because of their religious beliefs. I believe that hatred like this stems from a lot of pain and anger. This could have happened from a traumatic event which affected how he viewed religion. He could have suffered manipulation by people on the internet as well which led him to be discriminatory. He could have also been born with a chemical imbalance which made him susceptible to his. Regardless of which mental disorder and why, I believe that this man was truly sick in order to be able to feel such hatred for people. I think that the gunman was also a victim. He killed 10 people including himself. This man was not able to process anger and hatred properly and was not able to act rationally. I believe he suffered from a mental disorder.
I believe there should be programs in place in attempt to stop this kind of hatred. Often people who are bullied commit acts of violence like this in schools. If teachers worked alongside social workers in order to discuss students behaviour, perhaps there would be less violence at school. They should make this part of the school curriculum. Teachers and parents should work together in order to assess if a child's behaviour is normal and what steps they should take when a child is excluded or shows signs of this type of behaviour. This kind of behaviour does not show up overnight, it is a long process and I believe we could stop it before anyone gets hurt.

3 years 11 months ago

Last week people around the world were again notified with news regarding Terror. Although we often hear that these criminals committing these horrible acts are muslim. Although the real question is that since there are 1.6 billion muslims around the world that it is not because of their religion. Maybe think about mental health?. According to most authorities it is believed that these people have been so called “radicalized” which in my opinion is someone playing with your mental state. Clearly its been proven that people who are suffering from a disease like schizophrenia often have voices talking to them leading to put them and other people at risk. My opinion, is that these people who committed these acts of terror whether in California or in Paris were clearly suffering from mental health issues. Also all of the terrorist caught in these acts were born in western areas of the world clearly proving that they’re place of bir Thus this reconfirms the fact that mental health should be a top priority in schools and communities in order for us to diagnose people at an earl stage. By early diagnosis not only will we minimize these horrible terror attacks but also help cure these people. In the long run, I am convinced we will see a change as mental health is becoming a more pressing issue. The only problem is we have to keep raising awareness in order to relieve the stigma related to mental health. Therefore the fact that everyone is losing their mind over some sort of online radicalization is completely absurd, the real people we should watch out is the people that are getting radicalized over the internet. Clearly these people who are getting convinced over the internet are the ones that pose a risk to our society.

3 years 11 months ago

I didn't realize that become a nurse could face some serious moral problems. I agree with you, and I think maybe sometimes people do not want to divulge the private information of their patients, but their some actions are unintentional. Social media bring us a colourful life and convenient way to achive news, but at same time it brings us some bad effects that we should really pay attention on this problem .

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4 years 1 month ago

Hello, I agree with your idea that the virtue ethics is the ideal theory for nurses. Sometimes we do something in order to help someone, but if this thing is opposite with the person's desire, we are not doing an absolutely good thing because that person is not happy. Contrarily, if we simply follow that person's wish, we cannot say we are doing a good thing. So the virtue ethics is ideal theory. The perspective of virtue ethics is more individual.

4 years 2 months ago

In today's progressing society, we seem to try to use technology as an answer to everything. Technology cannot always replace human interaction, there are several things technology cannot do better than human beings. Although the concept of the app is good because it can raise awareness and help people feel comfortable enough with their mental disorder to go speak to a therapist, this app cannot be the sole treatment a person with illness receives. Mental health is something to be taken very seriously and is very complicated and different for every individual affected. People with mental disorders should not be relying on their cellphones for help. If anything it can just make them more isolated from the world around them, which is the last thing they need. People with mental health problems need to try to have normal social interactions and being on your cellphone constantly will not help with that. Mental health problems need to be properly addressed.

4 years 8 months ago

Oil sands is a very delicate topic in Canada these days... In my opinion this is an unsustainable activity that will not be able to go on for a very long time because drilling oil from the sands is detrimental to the environment. Even though there is a good profit to be made, the world is in a very fragile state and we cannot be finding new ways to destroy our environment. The other issue is that the politicians in Alberta are planning an increase in production which will cause more harm in the future. In the end, I believe that they will need to use the increase in investment, in order to find a sustainable way of producing oil.

4 years 8 months ago

Thanks for taking the time to read

4 years 9 months ago

As you stated, the benefits of having GMO crops heavily outweigh the moral issues. Those who are against GMO crops represent a minuscule portion of those who consume the crops, and their opinion should not be taken into consideration.

4 years 9 months ago

I do agree with what you said, but personally I think that the nutrition guidelines should first start to be more focused at home. After that parents focus on a nutritional and healthy lifestyle their kids would be more able to accept the nutrition guidelines in school. I don't think that Keenan Shaw had to be suspended for a week, it's a bad way to show how they care about their students. They could have explained to Keenan why it is not acceptable to sell such food in school and what's the effect of selling junk food.

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