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Marco Masoni, Nov. 18, 2011

The Life-Cycle of a T-Shirt

As part of their carbon footprint project, I2I students produced an excellent video that tracks the CO2 emitted during the life-cycle of a t-shirt, from production and transportation to purchase and the appliances maintaining the t-shirt.

http://vimeo.com/10623883
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  • abeer alhamzawi abeer alhamzawi Nov. 26, 2011
    well the smallest thing in life always has the greatest effect
  • Noor Dawood Noor Dawood Nov. 26, 2011
    I really liked the movie because it has a meaning to it ;)
  • abeer alhamzawi abeer alhamzawi Dec. 1, 2011
    I calculated my carbon footprint and am a shamed of my self
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Filitsa R-Greece, Nov. 18, 2011

Hello ! I come from Greece, with school, we calculated the Footprint and I think I have regular carbon per year..

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  • M. A - Sweden M. A - Sweden Nov. 22, 2011
    That`s much, but how do you think it would work if you wanted to do both.
  • Bettina M-France Bettina M-France Nov. 24, 2011
    There is much ways to travel : cars and planes, trains and buses. Buses are the greener way of travelling. :)
  • M. A - Sweden M. A - Sweden Nov. 25, 2011
    train is also a greenar way to …
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Ema P - Croatia, Nov. 17, 2011

Hello everyone! I’m very happy and proud to take part in this whole thing, especially because this is the first project of that kind for Croatia. I wonder have you ever heard of it? In our country, in my point of view, the main problem is that Croatians don’t know much about our environmental responsibility as mankind. It’s such a shame for young people to think about the ones who care about better tomorrow as ” silly nerds.” I hope we’ll change their opinions during these projects. As this is my first post, I would love to share with all of you this fascinating video which ends with sad - but true sentence: ” Only when we accept that we’re not going to live forever will we be able to truly appreciate the short spark of our existence and live our lives fulfilled. ” How do you like it? And what do you do to motivate your friends to participate in projects like this?

P.S. I’m sorry if my English is not as good as yours, hope you’ll understand what I meant to say. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ela3ChTzFcA
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  • Lucas K-Sweden Lucas K-Sweden Nov. 25, 2011
    This is a very good video, i really agree with everything that is said and quite honestly, we are not meant to live forever and whatever happens we will not. No fence to anyone religious, but i believe that reaching for a better life after this one is a bad idea because we do not know if there will be one. Make something out of this one instead. It is everything that we have.
  • Lucas K-Sweden Lucas K-Sweden Nov. 25, 2011
    This is a very good video, i really agree with everything that is said and quite honestly, we are not meant to live forever and whatever happens we will not. No fence to anyone religious, but i believe that reaching for a better life after this one is a bad idea because we do not know if there will be one. Make something out of this one instead. It is everything that we have.
  • Ema P - Croatia Ema P - Croatia Nov. 25, 2011
    Hi Lucas, and thank you! I must admit I agree with what you said about religion. It's funny how religion takes its place everywhere, but I think that's quite a problem. Maybe we could make a new discussion about how does the religion affect on people when making big decisions etc.?
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Robin Stegen, Nov. 17, 2011

Hello ! I come from Belgium, with school, we calculated the Footprint and I think I have too much carbon per year. How could I have a small Footprint ?

http://www.are.be
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  • Kate B-USA Kate B-USA Nov. 17, 2011
    I agree with Marianne, and some other ideas include using reusable water bottles and grocery bags. Also, recycling paper, bottles, cans, and other items can decrease the amount of trash going into the landfills.
  • Denisa S-Greece Denisa S-Greece Nov. 18, 2011
    you have to recycle more in your home..
  • M. A - Sweden M. A - Sweden Nov. 22, 2011
    And you can also reuse old stuff or sell it if you don`t recycle it.
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Bettina M-France, Nov. 17, 2011

Hello, I’m Bettina and I’m from France, in class we used the International Student Footprint Calculator and my carbon footprint was high, but actually, it was only because of my trips : my family lives very far away so I have to take the plane to see them.
But otherwise, my carbon footprint was much better without my journey to Brazil, because we recycle a lot a home, and my parents feel very concerned about the environment.

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Marita Batsiou, Nov. 13, 2011

A SHOCKING VIDEO shown on the Australian TV which should be watched by anyone who holds the keys of a car.

It might be one of the most influential campaigns ever shown on TV. Just watch it and share it and a life may be saved today, tomorrow or in the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Z2mf8DtWWd8
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  • Chelsea ChelseaC-france Chelsea ChelseaC-france Nov. 17, 2011
    oh my god it's very hard ! I hope that no childran saw this video because it's so shocking ! Especially the scene where the child is hurt by the car ! Alkohol is a big poison and people don't know their limit…and this is the worst !
  • Marita Batsiou Marita Batsiou Nov. 17, 2011
    To tell the truth, I often had to cover my eyes while watching it - I admit, I'm not that brave. Yet, I believe that some people have to be shocked to start driving, riding or even walking responsibly because road accidents keep taking a toll on human lives similar to - or even higher than? - that of a war.
  • Bettina M-France Bettina M-France Nov. 21, 2011
    Wow !! It's scenes that happen on Christmas ?
    very sad, very shocking and very dissuasive on driving while drunk !
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Marco Masoni, Nov. 11, 2011

In commemoration of Veterans Day, here’s a clip that tells the poignant story of Luis Carlos Montalván, a U.S. vet who suffered spinal and brain injuries in Iraq and Tuesday, the dog that restored his will to live and dream.

[cautionary note that reminds us how reality has its nuances: a number of people who knew Montalvan take issue with his account => http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/07/ap-soldier-say-vet-memories-exaggerated-in-book-072811/]

http://youtu.be/l4dz5KSYbTs
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Elsa Maestra, Oct. 29, 2011

Over 4 years ago, this video “described” Web 2.0… What’s next for the machine?

Check out “The Machine is Us/ing Us” — it’s worth re-watching and thinking about.

http://youtu.be/NLlGopyXT_g
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  • Anthony Williams Anthony Williams Oct. 29, 2011
    We are teaching machines to be like us, so that we can be more like God

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Marco Masoni, Oct. 27, 2011

A big welcome to the Einztein community of learners for new arrivals.

I’m not a biologist but a recent article in National Geographic caught my eye. Let me sum it up for you.

A recent study by Aquascience (http://www.aquascience.co.uk/) finds that the life of the British Mayfly has been cut short by 50% due to warming temperatures. As it was, mayflies only lived about two years, mostly as aquatic larvae, and got to enjoy their adulthood as winged creatures for only a few hours. Now, their lifespans have been reduced to one year! What does this mean, other than reminding us that life is short? The younger the mayfly dies, the less eggs it hatches during its life, so the potential for disruption to the food chain is enormous, since the mayfly is an important food staple for fish and birds.

This makes me wonder what other changes we will discover as environmental changes accelerate.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/10/111026-mayflies-climate-change/
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  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Oct. 27, 2011
    Fascinating. Thanks for the explanation. Good thing we have a biologist around.
  • srini n srini n Feb. 14, 2012
    Jason, thanks for that education. What I gather from your lucid note is that not only we are all connected but the connections are delicate and quite complex where any excess anywhere in the chain can throw the entire system out of balance. And a series of corrections are needed before we have that balance restored. Or is that at all possible?

    In my mother tongue, Tamil, (a South Indian language) there is an ancient saying: 'anything in excess is poison - even elixir'.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Feb. 14, 2012
    absolutely, and that is a wonderful saying.

    as for the “corrections” needed, the main one is simple to say but complicated to do: stop burning carbon.
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Henry Watson, Oct. 27, 2011

I am an Application Consultant/Architect/Developer with a focus on emerging technologies and innovation in learning. I am particularly interested in business and practical use of virtual worlds, augmented reality, serious games, and social learning. I live in Vancouver Canada and currently am working on a very exciting project for IBM that involves many of these elements.

Here is an example of one of my previous projects for IBM that was awarded a Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning award for Best Use of Virtual Worlds for Learning:

http://youtu.be/Y2p0vSGzZKM

I am open to discuss and assist in any innovative learning projects that involve emerging technologies for the benefit of improving the learning experience.

Henry Watson
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  • Jamie Billingham Jamie Billingham Oct. 27, 2011
    Amazing project! I'm an MA student - interdisciplinary - leadership, learning and technology - Needless to say I hope you share more of what you are doing.
  • Henry Watson Henry Watson Oct. 27, 2011
    Thanks Jamie! My current project involves a 3D serious game / business simulation supported by a website containing various social tools that enable participants to connect, share, and learn from one another. This project is part of IBM's Smart Play Framework which is described in this short video: http://youtu.be/C1YaQRVLaIA
    If/when footage of this project is published I'll be sure to post it here. Cheers, Henry
  • srini n srini n Nov. 23, 2011
    Henry, I am glad to stumble upon your post. I am not a techie nor I have the patience to try out myself what I am stating below!

    I wonder if SL can be used in imparting training. Like can we use SL to impart soft skill training to individuals wgo are scattered at different places and cannot get together for a net meeting or web video conference.

    If that is possible how can it be done? Is there already some such resources available?
    If it is possible I am seeing an additional social benefit in reducing travel and thus leaving less carbon footprint.

    At the moment I am just curious about the possibilities of SL in this area of application but may later want to make commercial use of this concept. So pl advise me if you think it fit.

    Thanks in anticipation :)

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