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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Vendela G_Na11bswe, Oct. 13, 2013

Hi everyone!

I have read a lot of posts that encourages recycling in order to decrease emissions. Of course, this is a great way to get the most out of our natural resources. Though, I wonder if that is enough. Recycling can take us only so far considering the enormous demand of products we have today. I think that even in a scenario where everything that is produced also gets reused and recycled, the environmental problems will remain. I recently watched a documentary (unfortunately in swedish, http://www.svtplay.se/video/1480596/del-5-av-18 ) that stated that people make a big mistake when not linking emissions and consumption. The documentary spoke of China as an example. It is true that the country has emissions far beyond what is sustainble. At the same time Sweden (where I live) is happy about having managed to decrease the emissions during the past couple of years. What many seem to forget is that countries like China have high emissions only beacuse we want to buy their cheap products. As long as the demand exists the manufacturing will continue. So, reusing and recycling are both great actions, but they should not be the first ones to take. Instead the process should start at the mall or where you buy your electronics. I think the question we all need to pose is: “Do I really need this?”. That way you will both decrease emossions and save money. Another way to do it can be to see if you find what you are looking for in a second hand shop before buying it in the regular store. Analyzing my way of living, I realize that I buy a lot of things that I do not really need.

How about you? What do you buy that you do not really need? And what would you be willing to refrain from in order to lower your global footprint?

Vendela G_Na11bswe
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  • Aditya Rao Aditya Rao Oct. 14, 2013
    Vandela,

    A couple years ago I learned about the three r's. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Everyone talks about the reuse and recycle parts but I haven't heard people talking about the reduce. W should reduce what we buy. We will make a bigger impact on the world by using less than using more and recycling it.
  • Vendela G_Na11bswe Vendela G_Na11bswe Oct. 14, 2013
    I had not heard about those before! Clever ;)

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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Dylan McDonald, Feb. 12, 2013

Trees in jungles are being cut down in order to maintain the worlds population. We use too much wood for many thing such as houses, benches, warmth, etc. It’s amazing how much wood we use in our day to day lives in america. Also deforestation is destroying animals homes and driving them out of their homes and even to extinction.

http://rainforests.mongabay.com/0908.htm
Dylan McDonald
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  • Desiree Price Desiree Price Feb. 12, 2013
    Lol. Coming to a store near you: rainforest relaxation CDs. Now with saws and jackhammers added in the background!
    Maybe promote the usage of recycled paper? Like for notebooks, etc.?
  • Mai VB Mai VB May 13, 2013
    Definitely wood is a big part of our lives, however animals are too. In my opinion animals are more important than our necessities with wood. Therefore we should find an alternative to the wood so that we can reduce the amount of wood consumption and provide animals a home.
  • Anashe B-USA Anashe B-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    I really enjoyed this article! I find it very unnerving that our trees are being cut down in order to make way for new housing developments and the “improvement” of society. It is ironic at how humans believe they are doing what is best for their kind by creating more apartment complexes and hoping that the world population will be sufficed. The irony expounds because the earth is what sustains us. Without our natural resources, fresh water, and oxygen-producing trees, we would be in a much worse state than where we are now. I think that humans should take a step to stop deforestation, to protect the creatures that we share this planet with, to protect our environment, and to protect our lives! Let's start cutting down on wood products as much as possible! Instead, walk an extra foot to the recycling bin to recycle your papers, double side your papers, and try to unsubscribe from any extra mail that you have been receiving! These simple steps can have tremendous impacts for the welfare of our world!

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Discussions Discussion Pollution
Alba Rodríguez, Nov. 15, 2012

Hello! We are two science students for the contemporary world. We live in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Spain). It is a beautiful city famous for its ancient pilgrimage route, where thousands of people around the world come every year to see the beautiful old cathedral. Today we are taking a topic in class on pollution and resource consumption harmful to the environment such as oil, coal … doing surveys on the amount of consumption of each individual month. We wish you give us your opinion on this issue because we would like to know how this issue is handled in different countries and cities, and thus give us help and knowledge to the development of our project. Kind regards and hope your answers.

Alba Rodríguez
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Discussions Discussion Food and Gender
Emily Nelsen, Jan. 15, 2011

Really cool conference that I still need to watch. Very cool topic, “course” entitled: “Women, Men, and Food: Putting Gender on the Table” from Harvard’s Radcliffe institute of advanced studies.

http://athome.harvard.edu/food/
Emily Nelsen
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