World Geography 412

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In this World Geography class students are being asked to look at and comment on social issues from around the world.

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3 années 5 mois ago

It is hard for people like us, in Canada to see any sense in the practices that take place in South Asia. Unfortunately, these practices have become part of their cultural norms. They are values and traditions that are not recognized by our society and are even frowned upon. Canadian citizens, for the most part cannot fathom individuals being stripped of their autonomy, ability to make choices and freedom. Similar practicies happen in Kyrgyzstan called "bride kidnnapping" where women are taken from their families (sometimes at will, sometimes not) and forced to marry the men by whom they have been kidnappes by. All to say, that cultures are different worldwide, it is important to realize such things in order to be able to make change happen.

3 années 5 mois ago

It is hard for people like us, in Canada to see any sense in the practices that take place in South Asia. Unfortunately, these practices have become part of their cultural norms. They are values and traditions that are not recognized by our society and are even frowned upon. Canadian citizens, for the most part cannot fathom individuals being stripped of their autonomy, ability to make choices and freedom. Similar practicies happen in Kyrgyzstan called "bride kidnnapping" where women are taken from their families (sometimes at will, sometimes not) and forced to marry the men by whom they have been kidnappes by. All to say, that cultures are different worldwide, it is important to realize such things in order to be able to make change happen.

4 années 5 mois ago

The U.S.A should definitely consider creating more bike paths in order to give the opportunity for more people to have the option of either taking their bike or even rollerblading. I'm sure it is really dangerous in some parts of new York where there is heavy traffic and cause people to shy away from using a bike. Bikes and other means of transportation that doesn't evolve fossil fuels could be a great deal in the reduction of carbon emissions released and fossil fuels used. In terms of raising gas prices I don't agree with this point because it would cause many other problems within the community but I do see your idea because it would make people think twice about spending a lot of money on gas and figure out ways to get to their destination. Overall great summary.

4 années 5 mois ago

I really enjoyed reading this article because it was very informative and brought up great points. I am glad to see that some places are trying to make more of a environmental impact for the purpose of protecting our planet and using our knowledge to be more efficient with the way we do things. Also cities seem to be liking the idea that Pint Claire has and seen that it is indeed a great way to reduce cost of electricity and use our resources more effectively so it is causing a snowball effect.

4 années 5 mois ago

I really enjoyed reading this article because it was very informative and brought up great points. I am glad to see that some places are trying to make more of a environmental impact for the purpose of protecting our planet and using our knowledge to be more efficient with the way we do things. Also cities seem to be liking the idea that Pint Claire has and seen that it is indeed a great way to reduce cost of electricity and use our resources more effectively so it is causing a snowball effect.

4 années 6 mois ago

I think that your summary was well written and that it is very important to question ourselves toward such issue. Is it “okay” to tolerate such names in school, institutions, or in sports? What people usually see or hear becomes the norm and therefore is often considered as acceptable. However, both are not the same. Too many times people (and by saying people I include myself) are inclined to follow the movement of thought, the mentality of their environment and to adopt the flaws of it including racial prejudice. And this occurs unconsciously and since a young age. Therefore, considering that some sport team names such as “Redskin” is still existing, is definitely not helping the problem. I would not imagine being a native men or women playing in this particular team. I would feet terribly uncomfortable and confused. I would be uncertain if I should be proud to represent that name, which portrays a negative image of the Native people. It is simply racist and unfortunately, so commonly acceptable in society. The good news, is that, as you stated earlier, some people who are aware of the racial issue especially in the United State, make concrete actions in order to solve the problem and to improve society.
In an article entitled: Achieving Consciousness and Transformation in the Classroom: Race, Gender, Sexual Orientations and Social Justice, it is written that it is possible to transform people perception. And it is important to not only identify the problem but to find a way to solve it. It says that critical thinking is strongly linked with self-awareness, which could also help to appreciate differences and reduce racial prejudice. By encouraging people by talking about racism and other form of discrimination instead of just hiding the problem, more people can be aware and take concrete action for the good of all

Dhillon, Manpreet, et al. "Achieving Consciousness and Transformation in the Classroom: Race, Gender, Sexual Orientations and Social Justice." Sociology Mind 5.2 (2015): 74-83. ProQuest. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.

4 années 6 mois ago

This article was ver well done. I completely agree with many of the arguments made about how people over exploit a resource as though they are running a race and whoever catches the most fish first wins . I find that people can be a bit rediculous and need to realize that by catching all these fish it's causing more harm than good in the long run considering the fact that fisheries are closing down . In terms of the technology advancements it plays a huge role in how we fish because we can catch more fish and reel them in faster with huge nets and machines . This creates a more efficient way of fishing but it adds to the problem of the replacement theory because we don't give enough to time for this semi renewable resource to regenerate. The only thing I don't agree on is the separate fishing area for certain regions because it seems like a complex idea in the sense that other regions may argue about the area they get and that they should be in the same area as another country . Overall I really enjoyed reading your article and it raised a few questions in my head

4 années 6 mois ago

This article was ver well done. I completely agree with many of the arguments made about how people over exploit a resource as though they are running a race and whoever catches the most fish first wins . I find that people can be a bit rediculous and need to realize that by catching all these fish it's causing more harm than good in the long run considering the fact that fisheries are closing down . In terms of the technology advancements it plays a huge role in how we fish because we can catch more fish and reel them in faster with huge nets and machines . This creates a more efficient way of fishing but it adds to the problem of the replacement theory because we don't give enough to time for this semi renewable resource to regenerate. The only thing I don't agree on is the separate fishing area for certain regions because it seems like a complex idea in the sense that other regions may argue about the area they get and that they should be in the same area as another country . Overall I really enjoyed reading your article and it raised a few questions in my head

4 années 6 mois ago

Your article caught my attention mainly because of the fact that gmo's can be in the majority of food we eat and aren't labelled. I agree that we should know what we buy and what we put in our mouths , that should be our right. GMO'S in general are unpredictable because they can spread on to other crops which haven't been purposely sprayed with this substance which means that a lot of other foods that we eat can be contaminated with GMO's and we would necessarily know. It worries me to not know the exact ingredients I am eating and knowing that there safe to eat, it makes me wonder if this has been going on for ages . Overall I believe that crops should be regulated more frequently and contained to make sure that those specific crops are of GMO and they should be all labeled in stores to ensure that we are aware of what we are buying. Health comes first overall and we want to preserve ourselves for as long as we can without getting sick and dying , thus your article brings up important arguments that I think we should all take into consideration.

4 années 6 mois ago

This article is quite interesting by the fact that it helps people to not over generalize the intention behind one sentence or one question and not stigmatize it. The concept of race being a social construct is something invented by humans during the seventh century until the ninth one in order to justify the socio-economical system of the time period (Smedley, 694-695). However, even if this concept is the product of someone’s imagination (supported by scientists and philosophers), it became anchored in our society’s mentality, which naturally tends to classify people in different categories. Indeed, the most common is ‘race’, which is prone to stereotyping. And form my personal experience; it could be frustrating to being told this question repetitively because of physical features considered as more ‘exotic’; while I was born in the same country of the people who were curious about my origins. It would be great if the author could have provide few solutions or alternative considering that this question of “Where are you from” is often perceived as racist, unpleasant or even awkward. People could say for example: “Where are you local”. This way people could talk about more than the origin of their skin color and still feel like they are being equal citizen of their country (for visible minority born in a country where Whiteness is a norm). This question can make any racial visible minority feel like eternal immigrant. I think that it is important to mentions that this question often asked is not necessary racist. However, bringing other options or various different ways to approach the subject could help our benevolent but often clunky society.

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