Sustainable Happiness F17

About this class

As wealth has increased, happiness has stagnated. As with wealth, happiness is increasingly unequally distributed around the world. As we consume more, we are causing the Earth's sixth mass extinction. Can Sustainable Happiness Fall 2017 save the planet? Probably not, but hopefully it will make you a happier, more engaged member of your society.

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by marie-plesieur on November 6, 2017
Happiness Literacy iPhone 7 - The Archives (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbpBdMUrqV8)

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by aurelie on November 3, 2017
    Here is the link to the commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6dsRpVyyWs  

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by twelham on November 3, 2017
Happiness is something we all experience, but have you ever thought about how you experience it?  Pleasures 1. Bodily Pleasure This category needs no real introduction, but for me, an example would be eating a chocolate brioche:

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by Mathpou on November 2, 2017
In our class of sustainable happiness, Anne-Marie and I proposed a project to our school. This project consists of finding a problematic in our school that involves people who are surrounded by stress situations. After many consultations, teachers and students agreed that we do our project before the evaluation week, known as the end of the semester. This period is mainly characterized by anxiety. Studies reveal that while the end of the semester is approaching, students declared that they have a rise of stress.

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by twelham on October 6, 2017
As I sit here writing this, I am wearing my lucky socks. Do they actually work? Am I luckier if I am wearing them? Apparently, the answer is yes, just so long as I believe that they are indeed lucky. This is because belief can affect our cognitive processes and consequently our emotions and actions. Think of it as being very much like positive visualization. So, wearing one of my funny t-shirts, probably my "Happiness is bicycle shaped" one, can make me happy.

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by davidnormand on November 2, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Net zero homes are custom made homes that produce as much energy as they consume, or even more, on an annual basis. It is an intelligent design that combines different renewable energy producers, as geothermal, solar, wind, hydro, etc. Using the adequate combination of theses, based on your house emplacement and needs, and other new technologies allows the house to be auto-suffisent. They are a lot of other designs that can help like better insulation, proper windows arrangements, high efficient appliances, low consuming lights, walls with higher R-value, ect.

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by Mckernan28 on October 30, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Eliminate vampire powers as they use electricity from our electronic recharging devices. Leaving your devices plugged but not in actual use can eventually add up to an increase in 10 % in your electricity bill at the end of the month. Every year, October is known as the energy awareness month where we must try to be more aware about the electricity we consume in hopes of having less of a carbon footprint (turn off our lights, unplug chargers,etc.). Turning off your water as you brush your teeth csaves 6 litres of water per minute.

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by Wallace Lou on October 30, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Green investments refer to investments in activities that are considered good for the environment like projects committed to conservation of resources, production, and development of alternative energies, clean air and water. They fall in the category of socially responsible investing (SRI), but are more focused on environment. There are three big sectors: renewable energy, eco-living, and green buildings.  

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by FelixMorin on October 30, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Public Transportation   By: Emilie Beauchemin,Laura Henry, Lora Damyanova and Olivia Mazzarello   Public transportation has been an important factor that has facilitated a lot of advantages for the community and for your wallet. There’s no doubt that these transportations saves us time and money but it also creates less pollution towards the environment.   How Public Transport Helps the Environment and People

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by FelixMorin on October 30, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Biking to get to work Felix, Stefania and William   Fitness and health Since your body is the engine and the food you eat is the fuel biking to get to work burns many calories (about as many as jogging) with less consequences on your joints. It improves cardiovascular fitness, lowers your blood pressure and helps gain muscle. In general, women are more prone to develop osteoporosis and physical activity helps make one’s bones stronger   Happiness

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by nicolas_bernier on October 16, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
In the article “How Urban Design Perpetuates Racial In equality- And What We Can Do About It” by Diana Budds it is discussed that cities are shaped by the people who plan them. For centuries, in the United States of America, these people where mostly racist and discriminatory. Urban policies like the Housing Act of 1949, passed by congress, helped forge more divisions in various cities. Laws like these helped push slum dwellers out of their homes and on to the streets. Another gravily dividing factor is public transportation and access to it.

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by Ye DaSen on October 5, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
In the article “Beijing's smog: A tale of two cities”, the authors Joshua Berlinger, Steve George and Serenitie Wang demonstrate the negative effects of smog on the heath of people in Beijing and the Chinese society. By doing so, they want to help people to better understand the catastrophic effects that the air-pollution has. If people can know more facts about this issue, then they can also potentially improve the situation. The authors start the article by describing the equipments that a high-income Chinese family uses to purify and filter the polluted-air in their home.

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by Charles Martel on October 4, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
The article “Violent Crime Is on the Rise in U.S. Cities” by David Johnson from TIME tackles the striking increase in violent crime in many of the United States’ most populated areas in 2016. Despite being far from the kind of violence that was present in 90’s, for a second year in a row last year, data collected from 61 metropolitan police agencies showed significant jumps in homicide, robbery and aggravated assault. Throughout the article, many factors are mentioned, such as gang violence, gun ownership, violence linked to drugs and even conflicts that start on social media.

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by Simon Dupuis on October 4, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Health care has skyrocketed in the U.S. in the past decades due to increasing rates of obesity. The cause of this is that Americans are buying unhealthy products. This phenomenon can be decreased by changing the store’s structure. When going to the supermarket, the essential products, like milk or eggs, are placed in the back. This way, costumers must walk through the store, and they see many other products, which leads to unplanned purchases. The most common unplanned purchases are sugar-sweetened beverages and other junk food.

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by davidmurray on October 2, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
This article discusses the problem of homelessness in New York City and outlines a few solutions.   New York City has a growing homelessness problem. It has reached its highest level since the 1930s with around one in every 135 adults being homeless. Around 130 thousand people are currently homeless, most of which sleep in shelters. However, some must resign themselves to sleeping in the streets or in the subway. Most of the homeless are from minority groups such as African-Americans and Latinos.  

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by DSP3333 on September 23, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
          Put in motion in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has created the relationship we know today between the US, Canada and Mexico. Since its creation, over 40 000 000 jobs were created. There are also no more taxes if it comes to trading goods between those three countries. Not only that, but their economies have also doubled.

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by Audrey Houle on September 21, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Catherine Martin, Audrey Gauthier, Isabela Gorea and Audrey Houle  

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by davidnormand on September 21, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
David Normand, Guillaume Fraticelli, Étienne Poirier   Transportation by cars represents 12% of all Green House emissions all around the world. It has become a part of our daily lives and has been an industry in continuous development. Companies fight to make the fastest, prettiest and strongest car compared to other competitors, while what they should actually do is design the most efficient, low consuming and environmentally friendly car they can.  

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by nick18 on September 21, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Nicolas C, Max D, Ariane G Climate Debt

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by TYuen5678 on September 21, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Balance is what keeps the earth together. As David Suzuki said, our survival is based on an interaction, an equilibrium, between air, water, land and the living. However, for the past decades, climate change started to disturb this natural balance and causing impacts on every aspect of one’s life. For instance, forests have been big victims of those impacts. In fact, for many years, Canadian forests have been living in harmony with the forest pathogens, each one having a positive impact on the other.

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by Matthill31 on September 21, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Matthew Hill Umrick Singh Luka Guenette Larocque Climate Denial in Canadian Politics  

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by Georgi Maslyankov on September 20, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Since the industrialization, human population has grown exponentially. Through the use of environmentally-destructive technology and overconsumption, the consequences of human action have grown to a global scale, endangering life itself, and in the years to come, population growth is bound to play an even more important role in climate change. Though an easily avoidable problem, short term planning is completely detrimental to long term human and environmental conditions because it encourages the use of environmentally-damaging technologies for immediate economic convenience.

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by mplescia on September 18, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
One of the most predominant obstacles and barriers to reducing human impact on climate change is pipelines. In fact, here are some of the facts on the current situation concerning these far reaching petrol transport tubes.  

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Reply to: Planting Fresh Air
1 year 10 months ago

I think that you had a beautiful idea.
I think that to create new spaces to put green plants can be only beneficial. Indeed, it is an attractive and little expensive way to get involved in a beautiful cause that is the ecology. The air quality is essential for a good running of the brain: it needs oxygen to feed its grey cells.
To complete your good idea, did you think about a roof-garden? If the roof of your College is flat, you could create a roof-garden, which will follow a new international trends. In many big cities, people are searching for a piece of nature, and it’s sometimes very difficult. A roof-garden will be a great idea for the air quality, but it comes with many other advantages. For example, the cafeteria of your school could cultivate fruits and vegetables, like tomatoes or pickles, or more simply, aromatic herbs, which don’t need a lot of maintenance. Then, your College could use his own spices or vegetables, and it is also good for the environment. The students could eat local products, fresher and surely better for the health than imported food, and it will reduce CO2 emissions, because of less middle of transportation.

Reply to: Planting Fresh Air
1 year 10 months ago

I think is a really good idea and your project can make a difference for the pollution. It’s true, the plant has a lot of benefits for the environment in a building. It’ very good that the pants can help for the concentration and well being. I propose you to inform and educate other peoples about your project. You can give some’s information’s about the benefits of the project can offer. After, the people will know the importance of the plant around the school and in the class. I am certain that the others students will appreciate this project.
A.G.

1 year 10 months ago

I totally agree with you. e-waste pollution is actually a very big problem worldwide and we need to find solution about it. In order to stop harmful pollutents to be releases continously, we should take the problem by it source. By that I mean that reducing our consuption would be the first step towards the preventiong of this problem. Overconsuption is making even more waste. We should always think before buying a new electronic device and ask ourself if we really need it. For example, changing our cell phone or computer every year just because a new model has released will produce way more e-waste pollution than just keeping the same device for many years.

1 year 10 months ago

It is an original project to do as your main goal is to fund the Go Green and using magic to attract people is great! On the other hand, how will you do this magic show? Will you invite a magician, or will you do it yourself? I'm not sure whether you can actually entertain the audience with a performance that is questionable. Also, can you attract people to come see your show if the ticket costs too much money? If it seems overpriced, then most people won't go, which is why it is something to consider on. On the brighter side, I believe that if everyone in your team actually does their parts, it will indeed look realistic to do. Good luck on your project!

1 year 10 months ago

We are commenting on your article for a class. We thought that your essay on this topic was well written. However, there were some minor concerns regarding how much of an alternative wind-turbines actually are over hydro-electricity. First of all, your idea on building a wall to reduce the sound pollution of wind-turbines is more complicated than you perceive due to the high costs associated with it. A wind-turbine is around 80-meter high. Consequently, the wall needs to be at least 80 meters as well. This will inevitably bring up the costs of material, design and personnel. Furthermore, if a wall is placed near a wind-turbine then the efficient of the turbine will decrease since no wind will reach it.

1 year 10 months ago

Just like what most of others said, this is relevant to many people, which consists of student's feeling anxious or depressed. I myself find sports a remedy in my life when it comes to the difficult obstacle I must overcome. Although this can be very pertinent in someone's life, you guys didn't go deep in the details of this project. It's vague and hard to understand what the outcome will be. I have some questions that could help the understanding and thoroughness:
1.How will you promote this encouragement towards playing sports?
2.Will this project be set up as creating teams?
3.Will someone help you fund this project?
4.How much will it cost?
5.If you're someone who needs a distresser, should you feel stress about trying this out?
6.If so, how will you make people feel comfortable getting out of their comfort zone whether or not it's with stress
These are just few things you need to consider. More information about it could help not only us critiques but the people you're encouraging, understand the purpose a bit better.
I'm interested in seeing the final results:)

1 year 10 months ago

Just like most of what others said, this is relevant to many people which consists of student's feeling anxious or depressed. I myself find sports a remedy, giving me time to forget about the things I feel stressed about and just focus on having fun and improving. Although this can be very pertinent in someone's life, you guys didn't go deep in the details of this project. It's vague and hard to understand what the outcome will be. I have some questions that could help the understanding and thoroughness:
1.How will you promote this encouragement towards playing sports?
2.Will this project be set up as creating teams?
3.Will someone help you fund this project?
4.How much will it cost?
5.If you're someone who needs a distresser, should you feel stress about trying this out?
6.If so, how will you make people feel comfortable getting out of their comfort zone whether or not it's with stress
These are just few things you need to consider. I think that the idea is good but more information about it could help not only us critiques but the people you're encouraging understand the purpose a bit better.
It's a good idea, and I'm interested in seeing the final results:)

1 year 10 months ago

Just like most of what others said, this is relevant to many people which consists of student's feeling anxious or depressed. I myself find sports a remedy, giving me time to forget about the things I feel stressed about and just focus on having fun and improving. Although this can be very pertinent in someone's life, you guys didn't go deep in the details of this project. It's vague and hard to understand what the outcome will be. I have some questions that could help the understanding and thoroughness:
1.How will you promote this encouragement towards playing sports?
2.Will this project be set up as creating teams?
3.Will someone help you fund this project?
4.How much will it cost?
5.If you're someone who needs a distresser, should you feel stress about trying this out?
6.If so, how will you make people feel comfortable getting out of their comfort zone whether or not it's with stress
These are just few things you need to consider. I think that the idea is good but more information about it could help not only us critiques but the people you're encouraging understand the purpose a bit better.
It's a good idea, and I'm interested in seeing the final results:)

1 year 10 months ago

Just like most of what others said, this is relevant to many people which consists of student's feeling anxious or depressed. I myself find sports a remedy, giving me time to forget about the things I feel stressed about and just focus on having fun and improving. Although this can be very pertinent in someone's life, you guys didn't go deep in the details of this project. It's vague and hard to understand what the outcome will be. I have some questions that could help the understanding and thoroughness:
1.How will you promote this encouragement towards playing sports?
2.Will this project be set up as creating teams?
3.Will someone help you fund this project?
4.How much will it cost?
5.If you're someone who needs a distresser, should you feel stress about trying this out?
6.If so, how will you make people feel comfortable getting out of their comfort zone whether or not it's with stress
These are just few things you need to consider. I think that the idea is good but more information about it could help not only us critiques but the people you're encouraging understand the purpose a bit better.
It's a good idea, and I'm interested in seeing the final results:)

1 year 10 months ago

Just like most of what others said, this is relevant to many people which consists of student's feeling anxious or depressed. I myself find sports a remedy, giving me time to forget about the things I feel stressed about and just focus on having fun and improving. Although this can be very pertinent in someone's life, you guys didn't go deep in the details of this project. It's vague and hard to understand what the outcome will be. I have some questions that could help the understanding and thoroughness:
1.How will you promote this encouragement towards playing sports?
2.Will this project be set up as creating teams?
3.Will someone help you fund this project?
4.How much will it cost?
5.If you're someone who needs a distresser, should you feel stress about trying this out?
6.If so, how will you make people feel comfortable getting out of their comfort zone whether or not it's with stress
These are just few things you need to consider. I think that the idea is good but more information about it could help not only us critiques but the people you're encouraging understand the purpose a bit better.
It's a good idea, and I'm interested in seeing the final results:)

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