Starting my blog off by talking about the Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard. In a brief video, she talks about making Acrylic Polyester Synthetic Blend clothing out of recycled plastic bottles. Wow, a great idea. Another way to recycle and eliminate waste from our planet…or so we thought. The problem with these new inventive ways to recycle is that the long-term solution causes new problems that we must deal with later. Such as these APS Blends, years after being used and washed multiple times, the fibers start to break off and while in the washer they go into the drainage system, which leads out into the ocean. Once this happens, they start to absorb all the toxins in the oceans. This seems like a good thing. The problem is that these fibers absorb the toxins, and the fish in the ocean consume these fibers which then we humans consume these fish absorbing the toxins as well. We are poisoning themselves. We need to stop plastic pollution!
Jessica Jackley poured her heart out in her TED Talk labeled Poverty, Money, and Love. She starts off talking about learning in Sunday school about how we should help homeless people and other people in need and in poverty. Help by giving money, food, clothing, and shelter. She was told it was her responsibility to help these people out. Jessica was a child who was eager to serve and help. But felt it was impossibly hard, she in her own words, “I felt like I had been just given a homework assignment that I had to do, and was excited to do, but no matter what I do, I would fail.” Years so by and she started to fear and feel negative emotions towards this group of people, started distancing herself and stopped listening to their stories, for they all ended the same way, never any hope. Jackley talks about how on the outside it still seemed like she was very involved, but she only gave when it was cheap or if she was cornered. The giving she was doing was out of a bad place, not out of hope and a generosity. Things changed when she heard Dr. Muhammad Yunus speak and tell stories of the poor that she had never heard before. This helped Jessica see that she needed to give herself (and this goes for all of us) “an opportunity to engage that validates their dignity, validates a partnership relationship, not a relationship that’s based on the traditional sort of donor beneficiary that can happen.” We should stop looking at the poor as a different sort of people, they are just like is and we need to take every opportunity we have to help them out. As the reading talks about we cannot blame them in their situations. But in some parts of the world, they are causing lots of harm to the environment because they literally do not recycle. Environmental degradation and poverty go hand and hand as said by the Yes reading of Environmental degradation. The first reading was about marking vs government regulation. We need to put a price on causing harm to the environment. We can make money, and put a stop to pollution.
I think all the TED talks we have talked about this year have been very informational and really put in perspective of how much we waste, and how we could be helping our world but don’t. I know my journey is just starting when it should have started a long time ago. I have known about these problems that are plaguing our world and I have not been doing my part. I will start communicating more to my family and friends about how we can help the world, maybe become an activist one day when I learn. Our world is not as strong and healthy as it seems. As Yann Arthurs- Bertrand captures fragile Earth in wide-angle. With a series of aerial photographs, he shows just how bad in shape Earth is. From oil spills to landfills full of waste and deforestation.
Activity three was about us doing our investigative report. There is so much information on climate change. If I put the time and effort into it, I should get a decent grade. I am learning a lot about climate change. All the ways I can help, and help other people learn how to help. My social entrepreneurship would be developing seeds and plants that needed less water so that way countries with low water could still grow food and get themselves out of poverty and then they could recycle, and one thing leads to another and that would be a step forward to sustainability.