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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4 years 10 months ago

The differents steps were really well explained. I think it would have been interesting if you could have talked about the team behind the news reader because a good newsletter is often the result of a passionate team. Overall, you did an excellent job understanding the challenge of being a good newsreader. Good work, Mr. Tremblay!

4 years 10 months ago

You picked a great subject to talk about. People should have the right to read articles that have TRUTH as a guideline; not articles that match the interests of political parties. You explain that concept very well throughout your article. However, I think your article lacks technical terms.

4 years 10 months ago

You approached a very interesting subject and it is also well-written. You mentioned credible sources, which added to my interest for your text. The only downside is that I doubt that it is a concept accessible for everyone, but still you have done a great job of vulgarization. Excellent!

4 years 10 months ago

Your text is really easy to follow. It could be good to add more details about the lead but I think that, in general, the text is clear enough for any journalists to understand it and to put in practice your advices.

4 years 10 months ago

Your text is clear and simple to understand. It would have still be interesting if you gave more information about the ''Chic Mag". But, your paragraphs are well divided and it helps to read with ease.

4 years 10 months ago

Hi mirufdd, I think you make a very good point when comparing the level of freedom enjoyed by homosexual people in Iran versus in Canada. However, even though Canada has achieved quite a high status in terms of protecting gay rights, there are other places in which Canada struggles outside of the legal aspect. I notice that you mention that most Iranian homosexuals are more afraid of societal judgement when facing the possibility of having others finding out more than actual police officers themselves. However, you did not really touch on the subject of coming out in Canadian culture or the social prejudices faced by homosexual individuals in Canada. It is true that Canada has a much more accepting culture in relation to the subject –which gives them some boasting power- however; individuals still face many obstacles which are magnified by other aspects of their identity. For example, when we introduce gender there is a multitude of different ways of treatment that a person can encounter. If one was to focus on men, for instance, men are often expected fit a very strict image of what “a man is.” Men are expected to fit this thing called the “man box” which embodies the pinnacle of masculinity. This means they should be strong, intimidating, respected, in charge, muscular, etc. Where sexuality factors in is the way in which people in society police men and boys to fit this image. Often to ensure that men fit the image other people will call them sexist (towards women) and homophobic terms. This is detrimental in multiple was to all men. For the purpose of addressing your text specifically I will ignore the ways it is detrimental to other types of men and only on homosexual men. It is especially harmful to them because, it undermines their sexuality and declares it as something that is undesirable and unmanly; it stripes them of their masculine title. I think, it would have been nice for you to maybe cover things like this in your post. However, it was interesting to see this outlook on the topic.
“Man box”: http://rc.richmond.edu/masculinity/manbox.html

Reply to: Am i thin enough?
4 years 10 months ago

Hi. I enjoyed reading your post and I absolutely agree with you on your thoughts on the impact of social media on body image. The objectification of women is a serious issue that needs to be brought to our attention. However, you seem to focus most of your attention on the impact social media has on the ideal body image of women. In my opinion, for this issue to be correctly addressed, both genders should be addressed. Not only women, but men also suffer greatly from the ideal body image made by social media. In the patriarchal world view, the man-box is strongly pressured on all men. This man-box includes factors such as being violent,sexual and muscular. When a man does not fit in this criteria he is policed on his masculinity by other men and and women. The ideal body image of men include things such as perfect teeth, perfect hair, tallness, and big muscles. The social media plays a big role in developing this ideal body image. The male heros in many movies are muscular and very attractive. Even the action figures that young boys play with portray this typical body shapes. Therefore, both men and women suffer from this issue. If you want more information on this view of men and masculinities, you can visit these sites.

http://www.wps.colostate.edu/men-and-masculinities

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_policing

4 years 10 months ago

Firstly, I really like that there are more than one Works Cited in your assignment since they give out more information than a single one. Also, your title really sticks out to readers and makes this article seem more interesting. I would also like to add a gender perspective to help you with your further research. I find that genetic engineering of human embryos can be very positive in our society. Today, there are so many men and women who are unhappy with the way they look, feel and act. Some people might be made fun of because of a certain disability like down syndrome or autism. Say a girl is born with a cancerous tumour or a young boy is being treated for severe ADHD, wouldn't they both have a happier life if none of those diseases or disabilities existed? Our society has developed a lens or a perspective that labels everyone and creates stereotypes. Combating this social construct by erasing these genes in embryos can create better opportunities for all of the people.

Here's a link to further understand social constructs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_constructionism

4 years 10 months ago

I think this text explains a lot, and helps to understand what it is to be prepared to a radio show. Somehow, in the introduction, I think there is missing information and structure. I would have wanted to be dived into the subject directly in the beginning. It would have help me to understand what the text talks about. However, this process is really interesting and well developed by its clear steps.

Thank you!

Marie Jomphe-Lemay

4 years 10 months ago

Wow! Interesting analysis!

This post was really captivating. It contained so many arguments on how this advertisement is unethical and immoral. Furthermore, your argumentation is strongly written; it prevents a possible counter-argument and bolsters your own arguments. However, my main doubts lie in your analysis of genders and gender roles. In the advertisement, it is possible to see that the illustrated male is a hegemonic male. Hegemonic masculinity is a type of masculinity that encourage male to dominate by conforming to the “man box.” The “man box” is a type of social construct that contains “qualities” such as strong, rugged, player and rich. This relates to how other medias and tools such as video games and movies only directly relate to this type one type of man. It would be interesting to point out other tools which affirm the same point as this advertisement. I believe you forgot to mention the damages that the advertisement causes to men that do not fit in this “man box,” since it is false that such a type of unethical advertisement is a problem for women only. On the same feet, this ad depicts how women are objects, while men are subjects. However, the consequences of the actions are being ignored, such as creating inequality between the two sexes. Adding the consequences will make the text more interesting and stronger. I would recommend you to read “Selling Sex.” In this reading, many effects of the advertisements are analyzed thoroughly.

Wade, Lisa. Sharp, Gwen. “Selling Sex.” Gendered World View: 345-102-MQ, Marianopolis College, 22 March 2017. Class Handout.

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