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  • Reply to: Who Will Pay if The Taps Run Dry?   3 années 6 mois ago

    Hello OldElPaso_MuchoFunTonight

    First off I would like to applaud you for you alias it is simply amazing.

    Now to the subject at hand, I appreciate that you took the time to address an issue that hits close to home. Given that this effect the quality of the water we all consume I think it is very important that we gain an understanding of what is going on around us.That being said I also disagree with all the commotion that is being stirred up in respect to Nestle and their contracts. what people have to take into account is the economic standing having Nestle present has.The packing facility generates lots of jobs and provides a service to the people. Therefore, even though this has negative environmental outcomes it can be argued that the social/economic outcomes are more beneficial.

  • Reply to: Tensions Rise in Standing Rock Sioux Nation   3 années 6 mois ago

    Hi, I really liked your article! Not only is the topic relevant, it helps bring awareness to the Aboriginal peoples needs and where conflicts may arise. One thing you mentioned that really struck me was 'Humans cannot drink oil'. Now I know that's fairly obvious but, in today's economy and society we act as if oil is as vital to our survival as water is. The fact that this conflict is even occurring shows that, to some extent, it is. The extent of oppositions governments face to pipelines is not something that should be overlooked and yet, governments continue to act like the people who are affected by these developments are non-existent.
    With that being said, you mentioned that First Nation support is also possible for certain developments. We know there's a duty to consult Indigenous people prior to any development but for the most part, does it really matter whether they support the development or not, seeing as how the government often times chooses the path that's most beneficial to their economy vs. the people. However, that doesn't mean that Indigenous people should be passive about this by any means. I think that the peaceful protests occurring at this moment are necessary and vital. Things would change tremendously if Aboriginal people were treated with the same significance as economic development was given.

  • Reply to: STEM Dolls Compete with Barbie   3 années 6 mois ago

    I highly agree with the view that there needs to be a more empowering stance in respect to educating children on the options that they have in life. I find it interesting that the STEM is aiming to challenge gender norms and create a strong independent new generation. My question for you is do you personally feel that the toy you and your peers played with as a child affected your current view on you socially role?

  • Reply to: Africans in India   3 années 6 mois ago

    Hi there,
    Your article did a really good job at conveying the discontent many people may feel by being an onlooker or observer of a different culture. You're also right to say that you wouldn't want to travel somewhere where racism is so prevalent and acted upon and your tone shows your general disgust with this misconduct. Racism in today's society is a touchy topic for many people so I'm glad you brought this up. In South Asian communities, there is a degree of colorism that is prevalent and is not something to be proud of. However, I may even go as far to say that Asian communities, Black communities, etc., also have varying degrees of colorism. All this shows is that the problem lies not only within the community but, within society in general.

    Unfortunately, it isn't something that can be resolved overnight since a lot of these behaviours have been ingrained in societies since colonization. I think education could be one way out of many to address these issues of prejudice.

  • Reply to: Ocean Acidification Radio Podcast   3 années 7 mois ago

    Hi Leo,
    I found your post to be insightful and entertaining! Your passion and knowledge on the issue of ocean acidification is conveyed clearly and I think it could even be a source of motivation to the audience to make more environmentally conscious choices. For example, the amount of shellfish consumed by people in America alone is quite significant and even though some people don’t consume any shellfish that doesn’t stop them from being negatively impacted by other creatures. Thus, even though not everyone directly contributes to the issue that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care about it!

    In that way, society carries quite an anthropocentric view about the environment, which could result not only in degradation but in rehabilitation of the environment as well. As you mentioned, there are numerous practical ways we can reduce our fossil fuel emissions however, that may not be enough. There should be a deeper systemic shift in how we view and value the environment and it’s attributes. Realizing the environment has intrinsic value, regardless of the things it provides for us, would result in more stringent environmental laws and regulations. Furthermore, people should be making environmentally friendly choices simply because it’s the right thing to do and the alternative is not a viable option when considering the environmental and social impacts.
    You did a really good job on this topic and I found it to be really informative and educational.

    Leeann

  • Reply to: Air Pollution Addressed in Report to Cheif of First Nations   3 années 7 mois ago

    Hey, I found your post really engaging and I feel a lot of the contempt and mistrust as you do regarding the issue of air pollution. First Nations have been overlooked for so long that there has to be a fundamental shift in Government and First Nations relations. It would seem like common sense to stop any activity that has so many negative impacts, but for economic reasons it continues which still does not justify it. You're right about the media playing a vital role in influencing people's values, which can be both a blessing and a curse.

  • Reply to: Toronto’s Housing Market Makes It Hard to Care About Green Infrastructure   3 années 7 mois ago

    I really enjoyed reading your post! You made a lot of great points. As someone who has a passion for sustainable architecture it really is a shame that more houses aren't utilizing energy as efficiently as they could. There may be the perception that people would have to make some trade-offs in order to obtain this efficiency, however that's not always the case. Incentivizing energy is a good starting point but maybe people need personal motivations as well to make the shift.

  • Reply to: Toronto’s Housing Market Makes It Hard to Care About Green Infrastructure   3 années 7 mois ago

    I really enjoyed reading your post! You made a lot of great points. As someone who has a passion for sustainable architecture it really is a shame that more houses aren't utilizing energy as efficiently as they could. There may be the perception that people would have to make some trade-offs in order to obtain this efficiency, however that's not always the case. Incentivizing energy is a good starting point but maybe people need personal motivations as well to make the shift.

  • Reply to: Gender Inequality: Women Fear for Their Future   3 années 7 mois ago

    Hello Jacob

    Thank you for your insight on the gender inequality in the workforce in respect to wage. I also would like to thank you for your acknowledgment of how males no matter how empathetic cannot truly understand this gender inequality. I agree with your statement argument that there is an issue when women enter the workforce. As you also stated ““around 42-43% of women believe that their gender would have no effect on their future employment and only 42% believed that their gender would not effect the progression of their chosen career”” this shows that there are more individual concerned for their future job security. I personally am a female who works seasonally as a labor on a golf course and I personally have felt this gender inequality. I make less than most of my male colleges even though I have been there longer and have more training. Therefore as a person who has personally experienced wage inequality first hand I once again would like to thank you for your opinions. I would also like to ask if you can think of any ways to help amend this issue.

    Andi

  • Reply to: Seeking partnering class for Communications course in Radio and Television Writing   3 années 9 mois ago

    Sure can. I'll add you to my skype contact list. 1 pm Wednesday it is.

    Cheers,

    Robin