For this mini project, we were tasked with having to neighborhoods in Philadelphia affected by led poisoning. Our group chose Strawberry Mansion, a well known neighborhood located in North Philadelphia. From our findings, what was most surprising was the fact that 21% of children living there were affected up to 5 micrograms. To know the scale is rather high in other locations, it was just odd it was so low here. Another odd thing I found, was there was more ‘positive’ news for led found in our neighborhood. There was even a website to explain exactly the issue there, at Strawberry Mansion, and how they’re ‘relieving’ the problem.
For Q1s Benchmark, we were tasked to create a sustainable business plan for an industry of our choosing. We chose that of the food industry, resulting in us creating a restaurant— Sustainable Arrangements. For this to be what it’s called (SUSTAINABLE arrangements) we needed to asses it’s Eco-footprint and how harsh/beneficial it would be on our earth systems.
In short, earth systems affect each other in the way any webbed system would; They each help each other to sustain a cycled system. Our end result uses each (Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, Biosphere, and Geosphere) earth system due to the fact that our restaurant uses primarily ‘natural’ energy. The most important factor for us all is photosynthesis, this process is made from the Hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. When combined, the Hydrosphere and atmosphere condense and create rain, this is then helpful for the biosphere, to help give all organisms that source of essential nutrient to survive. This then gives the organisms, specifically the plants, the source they need to begin eliminating the CO2 in our atmosphere to create oxygen in the atmosphere, which all organisms need. This is one main system made by these earth systems. Moving onto what efforts WE as a society can do to create a sustainable future, is doing exactly what we’ve done in this benchmark, but put it into actual action. Investing in serious bank$$ that in the end benefits our world and economy more so than just providing a cash flow. If we focused more so on this, the long lasting effects, I bet more money will come out of it, a stable future also. Doing this project really helped me understand why, however, becoming more sustainable is more so looked through rather than actually doing it. It’s so much money to actually place something more Eco friendly, money many Americans don’t have, so it really puts in perspective who has the ultimate control here if we want actual change.
From the four earth systems we’ve covered —Geosphere, Atmosphere, Biosphere and Hydrosphere— we’ve learned each connect and affect each other. Some more connecting with others, as a whole, they help to create our climate, which then effects all on our planet. Our atmosphere (air) and hydrosphere (water) come together to form condensation, which then produces clouds. Those clouds then begin precipitating, raining which helps our biosphere and geosphere, providing water to then sustain a full ecosystem. This ecosystem, in our biosphere and geosphere then goes back to our atmosphere to create photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process of plants (from the biosphere) converting carbon dioxide and water (from the hydrosphere) into glucose, energy for the plant. This then creates oxygen that we all breathe, put into the atmosphere.
Understanding environmental science is beneficial to better handle natural disasters because having a clear understanding of anything helps create, if possible, clearer solutions. If we know how one thing functions we can understand how it’ll effect other systems as a whole, being that they all intertwine together. Knowing when one system is being threatened by, say a hurricane, we can better prepare the ares that would be affected after, creating less ‘cleanup’ after.
To create a sustainable future we must first take action into the disasters going on right now. Better cover the mishaps so many unknown natural disasters have caused outside of our own world (America). Just be more eco-friendly in our daily lives. Because, although our world is structured to use so much plastic, fossil fuels, etc. so many people have made ways around it, have made more eco-friendly options, it’s our decision on whether we’re capable of changing our ways for a better future.
Link to our Slides:
Slide 1 - Introduction slide
Slide 2 -An explanation of how the Internet has changed communication. Make sure to use at least one specific example.
The internet has changed communication in the way we don’t even communicate face to face it’s all through a screen. We don’t take the time to just talk we feel lazy and just use what we have.
Slides 3, 4 and 5- Define Immediacy, Permanence and Lack of Control as they pertain to the Internet and explain how Immediacy, Permanence and Lack of Control affect both our offline and our online identities and lives. Include at least one example for each.
Immediacy is when you can do something immediately and get an immediate response
Lack of control is when you post something and once you do it it's on the internet for anyone to see making you have a lot less control
Permanence is once everything you put on the internet is there always..
Slide 6 - What are two ways that you can actively manage and protect your identity and your reputation online? (one of each)
I feel like the way to keep yourself protected is to check weekly that your account is secure and no one has hacked it. A good way to do this is check to make sure you verified any social media accounts emails so there’s no way anyone can get in.
Slide 7 - Answer the question: “Does the Internet have rules?” Use at least one specific example.
I believe the internet doesn’t have rules. For example you can report a comment or picture but at the end of the day you know you can’t control people of what they say or do.
Slide 8 - Define cyberbullying in your own words.
Cyberbullying is a type of harassment online.
Slide 9 - Describe at least 2 kinds of cyberbullying and why they are considered cyberbullying
Unintentional and impersonating
Slide 10 - Provide advice for: victims, bullies and bystanders of cyberbullying
Bully Realize what you’re doing will follow you throughout your life and damage your career
There’s always someone there for you and if it gets too out of hand delete all account
Always find a way to help before it gets too out of hand
Slide 11 - Your Top 5 tips for using the Internet
REMIND YOURSELF THE INTERNET ISN’T EVERYTHING
DON’T FOCUS ON WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING
BE THE PERSON YOU ARE IN REALITY THE SAME AS WHO YOU ARE ONLINE
- DON'T SELF ABSORB
In 2013 a 30 year old woman decided to tweet before an 11 hour plane ride to South Africa. She decided to tweet things such as, ‘Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!’ and, ‘Weird German Dude: You’re in First Class. It’s 2014. Get some deodorant.’ — Inner monologue as I inhale BO. Thank God for pharmaceuticals.’ Stupidly enough she decided to leave them up during the plane ride not thinking anything of it. That quickly changed once she arrived and saw what she had just started.
What comes with saying such disrespectful tweets come what some can say the best thing in the world, but in this situation it’s the worst, trending number 1 on Twitter. What comes with that are millions of other tweets commenting back to what she had to say. Many finding it all terrible saying stuff like,“How did @JustineSacco get a PR job?! Her level of racist ignorance belongs on Fox News. #AIDS can affect anyone!”. Some finding it funny such as one person saying, Oh man, @JustineSacco is going to have the most painful phone-turning-on moment ever when her plane lands” . Another tweet was from her work. An employee tweeted, “I’m an IAC employee and I don’t want @JustineSacco doing any communications on our behalf ever again. Ever.” And Justine’s the senior director of corporate communications at IAC so that only made it worse for herself. Workers at her jobs threatened to strike any hotel she’d book if she attended. Not only did she bring shame to herself and her career but the family she was visiting also was affected by it. Being that they were National Congress Supporters and longtime activists for racial equality they were disgraced by what he had said. Her aunt said to her, “I’m an IAC employee and I don’t want @JustineSacco doing any communications on our behalf ever again. Ever.”. So without them she lacked the emotional support she needed in that time.
In the situation the Permanence is how no matter if she deleted the tweets and comments (which she did) it was too late. Her leaving it up for hours also doesn’t help either because many have read it so they already know and have probably shared it to others. Like any person knows, once it’s on the internet it stays on the internet permanently especially if it’s something so bold and dumb like what she did.
Just like permanence she lost total control on the situation by not realizing how offensive she was being and not deleting it. Now she has no option but to face that anyone can see it and judge her just by what she posted.
Being No. 1 trending on Twitter brought a lot of power to what she had stated causing more talk and attention to herself.
What I would’ve said to her for advice would be to think before you post. It seems that simple but honestly once you write something out there, even if it was a joke to you can cause a lot of unwanted attention. Once you put it out there thousands of different people with different opinions, cultures, beliefs etc. look at you no matter if you wanted them to or not, I would urge to, even if it’s positive to just stay out of the spotlight when it comes to social media because wrong or right someone will twist your words.