Hello everyone I have risen again…..

I wanted to introduce my new cycle of research! Mind you it’s not entirely new because I am continuing to explore the same topic, simply a different area. For my previous cycle I focused mainly on environmental impacts of waste disposal but for this cycle I will be focusing on social behaviours.

What is throw-away living and how has it evolve? How does the media play a part in influencing our impact on the environment? These are some questions I have started exploring as well as the power of “greenwashing” and if government funded waste management efforts affect our attitudes towards waste.

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Hey Sephine! 

I'm glad you enjoyed your previous cycle of environmental impacts of waste disposal, and are now branching out near the same topic but on social behaviours. I'm excited to see what you have in store for us for the research rounds to come! 

On another note, I found some websites that could help you attain useful information. 

Here's a couple:

http://plasticwastesolutions.c...on_files/2017.04.pdf 

Good luck!

Hey Stephanie!

Really interesting topic!  I like that you have decided to continue to work on that same topic.  I really wish we talked more about this in school, so I'm really glad your writing about it.

I really liked the part of your question that says how does media play apart in how we are impacted on the environment.  Now a days the internet is used for so many great things.  It's used to spread awareness, like with that Instagram account that every time you repost one dollar is donated to support autism awareness and acceptance.  It baffles me that with all that, there is so little on the internet about climate change, and protecting our environnement.  Not to say that there is nothing out there, however I wish there was more to make people finally believe climate change.  I watched a really great ted talk about climate change that made it clear that we only have 12 years left before our effects on the environnement are irreversible.

Sources:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry...d-saving-t_b_9100362

http://www.ia.ucsb.edu/93106_a...7/April16/media.html

good luck!

Hi Sephine,

Great project plan! I like how you're continuing on with this same topic but exploring different aspects of it, and I think you've raised some really good questions. It would be interesting to know when and why throwaway living started, and perhaps how implementing education on the importance of reducing waste and ways that we can do so could possibly help reverse our society's throwaway culture for the generations to come before it becomes an even bigger problem than it already is.

Here are some interesting articles that I found:

http://time.com/3879873/throwa...ll-was-all-the-rage/

http://www.bbc.com/future/stor...ur-throwaway-culture

https://grist.org/article/grossman1/

Good luck!

Hi Sophie!
I really like your project plan, it seems to be something that you’re interested in, so it’s great that you’ll be expanding your knowledge on the topic even more. I think it will be interesting to read about social behaviors and you could possibly compare to the environmental impacts. Here are some websites to help you out:
https://www.theartof.com/artic...r-throw-away-society

https://gulfnews.com/opinion/o...ay-society-1.2087459

Good luck!

Hey Stephanie,

I love your topic! If I'm being honest, I had never heard of the term "throw-away living", so I had to look it up myself. However, the more I read about it, the more interested I was. I think it will be very neat to see what you uncover.

If you are interested, you could look a little into value, intrinsic value, and the level of "coolness" related to an object and how that impacts how long we keep it for. For example, if we buy something solely because it is cool, how long is it until it becomes uncool and we throw it away? A great example of this is the fidget spinner buzz. They were super cool (ironically or unironically), everyone bought them so more people began producing them, and then they were everywhere. They became uncool and people stopped buying them, and where do you think they ended up? Probably in the trash.

You could also look a little into trash island!

Here are a couple of sites you may be able to use:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNmSMU4NxjE
https://www.theoceancleanup.co...cific-garbage-patch/
https://www.theguardian.com/en...mbol-waste-recycling

Good luck!
Joanna

Hi Sephine, 

Nice topic idea! I like how you're tying in your obvious passion for the environment with pertinent subjects such as the media and government funding. I couldn't help but think about something big I read about this past week when you mentioned the influence of media on the environment. As you may already know, there was a devastating fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. As soon as it happened, it was already up in the Internet, there were live streams, people were sharing pictures and videos on the internet, etc. However, merely days later, I was already reading about the millions of dollars in funds going towards the reconstruction of this cathedral. I was a bit shocked at how fast this had happened and how much attention it had received in such a short notice, but then I read a couple more smaller, less shared articles. They spoke about how many other incidences even more severe than the burning of this historic landmark were taking place around the world, and how these were not even getting nearly as much attention. I think it would be actually really interesting to look into how many issues we could resolve, or set a resolution in motion/gain awareness on topics that concern the environment. If we were as inclined to share and spread news of the devastating impact humanity has on the environment like the burning of the cathedral on the media, how much further could we get in regards to repair of the earth? How much an impact would this have?
just something interesting to think about. Hope this helps, and best of luck on your research !! : )

Juliana Nunes (Charles Best) posted:

Hi Sephine, 

Nice topic idea! I like how you're tying in your obvious passion for the environment with pertinent subjects such as the media and government funding. I couldn't help but think about something big I read about this past week when you mentioned the influence of media on the environment. As you may already know, there was a devastating fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. As soon as it happened, it was already up in the Internet, there were live streams, people were sharing pictures and videos on the internet, etc. However, merely days later, I was already reading about the millions of dollars in funds going towards the reconstruction of this cathedral. I was a bit shocked at how fast this had happened and how much attention it had received in such a short notice, but then I read a couple more smaller, less shared articles. They spoke about how many other incidences even more severe than the burning of this historic landmark were taking place around the world, and how these were not even getting nearly as much attention. I think it would be actually really interesting to look into how many issues we could resolve, or set a resolution in motion/gain awareness on topics that concern the environment. If we were as inclined to share and spread news of the devastating impact humanity has on the environment like the burning of the cathedral on the media, how much further could we get in regards to repair of the earth? How much an impact would this have?
just something interesting to think about. Hope this helps, and best of luck on your research !! : )

Thank you so much for the insight Juliana, I too was taken aback by the sudden willingness to pay to rebuild Notre Dame despite there being more important issues needing urgent funding. I will definitely be looking into this.

Hello Sephine

An interesting  inquiry , I agree a closer look at how lifestyle and media affects our waste production  is key to changing the amount of waste we produce. Also understanding how we have become a throw away society  is important in changing lifestyle that would produce less waste. It seems everyone wants to claim they are going green or are they? Looking forward to better understanding greenwashing and revealing a true green or sustainable  lifestyle.

Good Luck

Kaley

Greenwash today, suffer tomorrow -YouTube 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfk3FV6iHtA

When does Marketing become greenwashing?- YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RskNNdH8ZA0

 

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