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Discussions Discussion Reducing the Carbon Footprint
Holger Lindh, Jan. 30, 2014

It seems like alot of people are mainly focusing on the individual change. Now that is fine and all, but I think that it is also important so see this problem as a national and global issue. In order for the change on idividual level to be of any help, the larger voices in politics must change focus.

Over consuming as an effect of some liberalist ideas must be taken care of. This does not mean that consuming must stop and liberalism must disappear, but what and how we consume must change. Today, the supply and demand does not work as intended. We have today reached a level of consuming that does not play along very well with the enviroement. Substainable pruduction of products like food, clothes and tech-products must become the demand, and large industries and companies must then overhall their production in order to fit the demand and there by change the supplies. Here’s where we’ve seen a somwhat positive development. But if there are no options for choosing a cars that are electric, it makes it hard for consumers to better themselves. The oil and coal industry plays a large role in alot of countries economies, and this means that they are afraid of leaving their comfort-zone and try new things, because of the lust for money.

Also, it is important to realize that we must NOT let developing countries repeat the same mistakes as westerners did a hundred years ago. Support to countries in forms of energy-projects is key in these situatons. China has for example invested in several enery-projects in developing countrys and built nuclear and hydropower plants. Now it is important to remember that there are consequenses to this as well that might be considered negative. For example, nuclear power is not as substainable as for example wind or wave power. Also, people argue that China is trying to expand by investing in vulnerable countries. Even if this is true, the fact that they actually help is good enough for me. It is cheap and easy to construct coal plants for the economycly weak, but with foreign help from larger financed governments they can focus on more substainable sources of power earlier on in their development.

I’d like to recommend this following article about China and how they are involved with development in large parts of Africa I read a couple of months ago, quite interesting.

Holger Lindh
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Jan. 30, 2014
    I totally agree with the need to pay attention to the larger picture. What are some ideas you have about how students can influence sustainability on a national and global level?
  • Holger Lindh Holger Lindh Jan. 31, 2014
    I think it is important that the younger generation, including the students get together and start saying NO to the unsubstainable lifestyle. Make the politicians listen. It could start at local level involving the community (Schools etc) around you, and later trying to make it grow. Right now I think a person that people listne to needs to take the first large step. The same thing applies for some nations. If a smaller country like Sweden for example, expresses their views and changes their way of living, does not mean that others will follow. If they bring the ideas to the European Union on the other hand, the effect will become greater.

    Right now I think a person that people listne to needs to take the first large step. If Obama would come with actual solutions and not only minor-improvements, it would probably make a big difference. Right now I think a person that people listne to needs to take the first large step.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Jan. 31, 2014
    yes, indeed, we need to listen to one another more; and the local level is the way to build movements. I feel that social media can be effective here as well, and the youth are the ones to figure out how to make that happen.

    as for politics (and Obama), one has to realize the huge political constraints for action. Obama is very limited in what he can do personally without the backing of our very conservative congress. But the pressure from people on Obama (and their congress-people) does make a difference!

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Discussions Discussion Environment blocked by turning a blind eye
Philip Björk Stiernström, Oct. 18, 2013

In a Swedish documentary I’ve watched called “Science of the World”, they brought up the subject of global warming. In this documentary they explain that we have all have the knowledge and tools to be able to prevent the dramatic change of global warming. Still the humankind turns a blind eye to the reality. Mostly because we’re so uncomfortable of the consequence with global warming. If this a fact too, shouldn’t the world start concentrating on changing the mind state of the human? I know that there’s many countries who make laws, to get you be more considerate to the environment. Still, why not taking it a further step and make an inevitable international course about saving the environment?

Philip Björk Stiernström
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  • Phoebe Byrd Phoebe Byrd Oct. 18, 2013
    I feel as if most people are not politically active enough to let their government representatives know that “playing chicken” with global warming is asking for disaster. When the problem has not reached the critical-to-life-as-we-know-it stage in the here and now, we are inclined to pass the problem it forward. We have just seen the US government wait until the last minute to avoid a different kind of problem Unfortunately, we may pass the problem of global warming forward until the solution is out of reach. I hope not. We can make a difference, but our voices must be heard.
  • Veronica C-USA Veronica C-USA Oct. 18, 2013
    I totally agree with you. I feel that people should at least acknowledge the fact that the earth's climate has changed dramatically over the years. People who purposefully ignore the topic are only hurting the world around them, especially politicians.
  • Emily T Emily T Oct. 19, 2013
    In my biology class in California, we have been learning about global warming and its effects. Based on what I have learned, I agree that we neeed to change the human state of mind. The focus mainly needs to be on the United States, Canada, and Australia. These are the countries that have the most denial of the mass effects of climate change. Most other countries accept the real problem it presents.
    I think that if more people were better educated on global warming, more people would be able to work together to help convince the government that action is needed now. If enough people write to government officials and even their state representatives, then our opinions will be heard as a whole. Also, if the government actions are supposed to be representing the people and for the benefit of the people, then if the majority of the people want progress against global warming there should be progress.

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Discussions Discussion Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Jeevin S-USA, Oct. 8, 2013

Hello Everybody, I am Jeevin from Oakland USA. I recently come across an extremely interesting proposal from the owners of the Beijing Subway. They have proposed to allow passengers the ability to pay their bills with plastic bottles. There are 4 machines in the underground of Shaoyaoju Jinsong that for each bottle that are placed into them, the person gets gets between .5 cents and 1.5 cents. If a person brings about 8 bottles, they will have enough money to travel 105 stations. This is just in the trial phase right now, but I believe that as it goes through a trial and error process, it will be extremely helpful in the future!

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Jeevin S-USA

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Discussions Discussion China: Traditions and Transformations
Kevin Chu, March 20, 2012

China spending on renewable energy soars!

World’s biggest polluter spends £4bn a year on wind and solar power generation in single region as it aims to cut fossil fuel use

Although China is the world’s biggest CO2 emitter and notorious for building the equivalent of a 400MW coal-fired power station every three days, it is also erecting 36 wind turbines a day and building a robust new electricity grid to send this power thousands of miles across the country from the deserts of the west to the cities of the east.

Jiuquan alone now has the capacity to generate 6GW of wind energy - roughly equivalent to that of the whole UK. The plan is to more than triple that by 2015, when this area could become the biggest windfarm in the world.


Kevin Chu

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Discussions Discussion China: Traditions and Transformations
Kevin Chu, March 15, 2012

China leader’s ouster roils succession plans:

Bo Xilai was removed as party boss of Chongqing, a sprawling urban region in the southwest that he turned into a bastion of Communist revolutionary-inspired “red” culture and egalitarian growth, a day after being rebuked by Premier Wen Jiabao in a news conference broadcast live across the country.


Kevin Chu

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Discussions Discussion Dialects of the World
Jenny Rothberg, March 6, 2012

Shanghai dialect fights to survive in modern China:

As the government maintains a decades-old drive to promote Mandarin Chinese as the official language, banning dialects from media broadcasts and schools, many young people are unable to fluently speak — or fully understand — the native Shanghai tongue.

An influx of migrants from outside Shanghai and the city’s drive to become more international have also combined to water down the local patois.


Jenny Rothberg

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Discussions Discussion China: Traditions and Transformations
Tony Trevari, March 3, 2012

A scandal in southwest China reflects on a new world order:

The once in a decade power transition of the Chinese communist party may not go as smoothly as they had hoped.

It all began with Wang Lijun, deputy police chief of mega-city Chongqing, seeking political asylum at the US Consulate in Chengdu.

Tony Trevari

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Discussions Discussion DPRK - North Korea
Hillary Campbell, Feb. 29, 2012

China brings supermarket concept to North Korea:

Decidedly un-communist development in North Korea: A new culture of commerce is springing up, with China as its inspiration and source. The market-savvy Chinese are introducing the pleasures of the megamart to a small niche of North Koreans, and flooding the country’s border regions with cheap goods.

Outside Pyongyang, much of the country remains impoverished. Millions rely on state-provided food, but poor agricultural yields mean they’ll get only a fraction of what they need to survive, according to the World Food Program.

Still, there are signs that a new found consumer culture is taking hold both in Pyongyang and in the border towns where Chinese-made goods are bought and sold every day.


Hillary Campbell
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  • Tim Foufas Tim Foufas Feb. 29, 2012
    I visited DPRK last August. Didn't see these kinds of markets but when we landed at the airport in Pyongyang I was surprised. Most of the passengers were N Koreans and they had luggage and boxes at the baggage claim like I've never seen…filled with merchandise purchase in Beijing…LCD TV sets and such.

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Discussions Discussion China: Traditions and Transformations
Kevin Chu, Feb. 27, 2012

The Chinese architect Wang Shu, whose buildings in a rapidly developing China honor the past with salvaged materials even as they experiment with modern forms, has been awarded the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

The selection of Mr. Wang, 48, is an acknowledgment of “the role that China will play in the development of architectural ideals,” said Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize and announced the winner on Monday.

Mr. Wang’s major projects, all in China, include two in Ningbo, a coastal city south of Shanghai: the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum, completed in 2005, and the Ningbo Historic Museum, completed in 2008.


Kevin Chu

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Discussions Discussion American Cinema
Forrest Gardner, Feb. 20, 2012

Boost for Hollywood studios as China agrees to ease quota on US films:

Limit currently set at 20 blockbusters a year to be raised to 34 – but additional movies must be 3D or Imax versions.

Major American studios and independent film-makers alike are celebrating the deal to settle a long-running trade dispute, struck by Joe Biden and Xi Jinping.

It also allows foreign film-makers to keep a bigger share of box office takings: they will receive 25% instead of 13%. “This is a very big deal,” said Chris Dodd, chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America.

This will be huge for the U.S. film industry.

Forrest Gardner

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