Hey all! I am not sure who still follows the blog anymore but I thought this was really relevant.
A close friend of mine is doing a volunteer opportunity through SAHA Global. This is the company (or like) that we one discussed about in class. They take the means for clean water to Ghana communities. They start by aiding in fresh water availability then they make sustainable businesses for local women to run. Below is her story and more information about the program. If anyone has any resources to help her cause… (does not have to be money) that would be amazing. If you know anyone who would find this cause worthy of time or funding please contact Tara! Thanks!! I hope everyone is doing well.
This class has been very different than classes I have taken in the past. Instead of constant testing, we had a very relaxed climate. At first I thought that this would make it hard to learn, but I found that the relaxed atmosphere led to me feeling comfortable enough to really let the topics sink in. Instead of memorizing for tests I learned because it was interesting. I chose to take this class because I am extremely passionate about science and the environment. In this class I learned current issues as well as the science behind some of the bigger environmental issues. Lastly, I learned the connection of nature to religion something I did not see as a correlation before hand. This along with the interesting topics, really made this class enjoyable for me. Thank You everyone in the class and Kevin!
In today’s reading about the privatization of water we spoke about private companies driving water resources in many developing countries. I definitely do not see this as a good idea. I understand that for many countries it is the only way they see possible to get water to the people but in the long run all I can see is the negatives. For example, in previous readings we saw globalization and the private markets effects on developing countries in the area of coal mining. Will these international trade agreements go to the same extremes with water? Will international industries be able to punish countries for utilizing their own resources such as water which is vital to life. Will international trade be selfish enough to kill people for their own business solutions? I think that a government approach is the ideal, maybe even working with private companies to get things started. But as seen in the previous example it is a tricky deal.
Another idea to think about is how developed countries use their water resources. For example, The United States, Us, is wasting perfectly good drinking water, for examples to flush down the toilet. The idea of a hard water system is extremely expensive, but I believe this is only the case because it is done rarely and current water management is not set up for filtration on site. But what if it was? What if we took the water we drink, routed the water that was wasted to the showers and baths, then routed the water wasted from the shower to flushing our toilets. Then after toilet water waste was use, of course the toilets would be separated, a nozzle which use specific amounts of water depending on the waste, and then the water was filtered on site. Maybe not at each individual home but per block, apartment building ect, and then used to water all plants ect? I know it means a lot of change but look at how much money would be saved. Also, how much water would not be wasted.
In the picture above we see some of the arguments against Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Foods. This is something that I am glad we will be touching upon in class. This is because I really haven’t decided where I stand. … Continue reading →
The attached picture is an “old school” version of what education should look like, specifically higher education. It used to be that college was a place for men to come to get an education in order to become a clergyman, … Continue reading →
The last chapter in the text “Grounding Religion” is titled Place. Why wait until last to talk about place and its interconnection to Religion and the Environment? I think this is because although it may be one of the most simple of the connections, it may also be the key to starting change toward environmental responsibility. For example the local food movement, a movement that positively affects many areas of human importance. Local food generates cash in a low market, heightened awareness of the local environment, and better understanding of a grassroots movement. But how? Local food generated economic profit by keeping money within a place and brings awareness to an environment, “to live is to live locally, and to know is first of all to know the place one is in.”
The idea of place has begun the start of two movements, Phenomenology and bio-regionalism. Phenomenology “examines the human experience and perception of the world” while bio-regionalism “is concerned with the authenticity and integrity of places in rapidly modernizing, urbanizing, globalizing world.” The book goes on to explain the effect that globalization has on taking away the real sense of place. As the world becomes more and more similar by muddling of culture and people, place decreases integrity.
I am not sure if I agree with this thought process, I see globalization as a positive for a sense of place. It is not until you see new places that you can appreciate your own. This idea of space is entirely based on how we as humans interpret it. By better understanding multiple places we can have a closer connection to place. This connection to place can be religious, and is often seen this way. This Is why I think the environment is so important. To me the environment can bring a sense of peace and in a way be its own religion. To worship ones place is to bring together religion and the environment.
Attached is a cool video of some of the most beautiful places one can go. I see it as a connection to the environment and my personal spirituality.
The attached link is up to date article on the issue of metal mining in El Salvador. This issue was a case study used in today’s reading but was a little outdated. The issue is still today in debate.
90% of the drinking water in El Salvador is polluted and this is after a stop has been out on all metal mining. Outrageously it has been found the the drinking water supply has 1000 times the amount of Iron as it should and 9 times the level of suitable CYANIDE Levels. This is just outrageous. How can people sit by and support this type of mining when such a direct correlation to pollutants to valuable resources is so visible. This has to be one of the most outrageous examples of global capitalism looking over the needs of the local people. It is very sad to see such a valuable resource such as globalization used in such a negative way. In this case the corporate identities are using the agreements signed through globalization to undermine the needs of the local people.
I don’t believe this lawsuit will pass and on the bases of one fact. The country itself is not allowing any companies to use this type of mining, in reality the government is trying to ban this type of mining all together. Although this successfully stops the stance of the trial it proves a very sad point. Globalization can be very negative. If companies such as pacific rim continue to use international trade agreements in such a matter, in my opinion globalization will have failed.
Globalization itself is a tool. This tool can be extremely positive. It can be used in helping the poor, expanding economies, and connecting more people religiously and for uses of environmental justice. But it is sad to see how much it can be manipulated to a mass market. If this lawsuit does go through, it is sending one horrible message. International trade policies trump local government regulation. Just ask yourself this, How would America feel if China forced us to devastate our land for their profit?