Social Responsibility Topics

Hi Everyone!

Nov 8 - For next Wednesday (Nov 14), consider our class discussion and please post a response to the following:

1). What 'Social responsibility' topic are you interested in learning more about?

2.) Why are you interested in this topic?

3.) What action could you take to support this area in a positive, sustainable way?

Ms. Martin & Ms. Stuart

Original Post

1) my social responsibility topic is the foster care system

2) i am interested in this topic because i have seen countless terrible stories and experiences regarding the system.  The system is seriously problematic and no one seems to be doing anything about it.  In the future i wish to work with kids  and one of my considerations is being a social worker because i want to make a difference in kids lives.  so learning more about this would be beneficial to the future as well

3) I think the first step is educating yourself and others around you.  I find that when people are actually educated and are aware of a a problem and given a way to help, they want to and change happens.  Therefore i believe that making people aware of the corrupt system that things will start to unfold.  So something i can do is educate myself and get involved spreading awareness.  Obviously there is a lot more to this in the long run, but no one can help if they don't know there is a problem to be solved.

Hi everyone!

The social responsibility topic that I am most interested in learning about is education; that is, children who don’t have access to good education or any education at all. 

I am interested in learning about this topic because I think that receiving an education is extremely important in a child’s life and will be the foundation of their success in adulthood. Poor people in developing countries who don’t have access to quality education will have a lot of difficulty escaping the cycle of extreme poverty, as they won’t have the appropriate skills they need to get a job that will provide them sufficient money for the rest of their life. Here in Canada, I think we take our easy access to education for granted a lot of the time. We might find it annoying to have to go to school, but there are others out there who would wish for nothing more than for a chance to go to school, but they just aren't able to, and I find that really saddening.

To support this area in a positive, sustainable way, one thing that people could do is what we already do in butterfly effect: raise money to help someone in need gain enough money to attend school. In addition, I can simply donate money to charities that help children receive an education, and I can tell others about it too. It might take a fair amount of money to put just one person through school, but it will truly help them a lot in the long run. If they are to receive a good education, it will help them in the future for finding a good job which will help feed them and their family and potentially get them out of extreme poverty.

Thanks for reading!

Hey everyone! 

The social responsibility topic I'm interested in is child labour. 

I am interested in this topic because we learned a little bit about child labour/child slavery in one of my classes this semester. Child labour affects about 168 million children in the world - that's about 11% of the world's child population. There are many reasons as to why a child must exploit themselves, the main one being poverty. There are many types of child labour ranging from those who work in factories to prostitution. Child labour is something we may hear about from time to time but because we are as lucky as we are in Canada, it. is very possible that the harsh reality of child labour and slavery is not as big of a concern as it should be. 

The solution to diminishing child labour may seem simple - just boycott any and all companies that use this form of work. However, in 1992/93, the United-States decided to ban all products fabricated by children. So, many factories, especially those in Bangladesh, were forced to fire the children because of a lack of sales. So, these children had to find another form of work like prostitution. A positive, sustainable way to support this area is buying products who have the Fair Trade symbol.

There are strict criteria a company must pass in order to have the Fair Trade logo on their products including a lack of child labour. If everyone bought products who pass these criteria, I believe more children would have the opportunity to experience a true childhood. 

Hey Butterfly Effect,

The social responsibility topic I would like to look into would be climate change.

This topic is interesting to me because I believe it's one of the largest issues the world is facing at the moment. Our world has been increasingly hotter over the years and the amount of ice sheets have been decreasing. Take Vancouver for example, most houses now have built in air conditioners due to are hot summers and during the 2010 winter, our mountains were lacking snow for the olympics. How can future generations live on a world that's overheated? Yes, humans may evolve to their new conditions, but why should they have to? Although we can't stop global warming from happening, we certainly can try to prevent it.

To help prevent climate change, some easy sustainable solutions that I could change in my life are:

Taking public transit or carpooling to reduce the pollution in the air. 

Reducing the amount of energy I use by washing clothes in cold water, limiting the use of the dryer, being conscious about turning off devices when not in use or even reducing the thermometer during the winter.

On a larger scale perhaps Butterfly Effect could take a role in the waste system at school because there are some organic garbages present at the school, but hardly any students use them.

To conclude, climate change is a large issue that we are facing and in order to prevent it from affecting future generations, we must imply simple changes to our daily lives such as carpooling, washing clothes in cold water and even sorting our garbage properly. 

"Consume less, waste less, enjoy life more"

                                                         - David Suzuki 

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