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Child For Sale?!

Key Learning:

5.Evaluate the effectiveness of solutions to geographic issues at the local, national and global level.

Child Trafficking is such a global problem as it is an immense $32 billion industry which is around the same lines of what Disney makes per year. Child Trafficking exploits children and young adults into slavery, prostitution, child labor, and pornography and into battle as child soldiers. In the “for sale” above I wanted to show how easy it is to purchase a child when parents can not afford the children or need money they will pay minimal amounts for the child. The parents take the money or they will get orphan children that have nowhere to go. Child Trafficking branches off into so many illegal, disgusting practices that it can make one nauseous yet the issue is barley ever talked about. We are so concerned on natural disasters we forget about one of the biggest unethical businesses and trades in the world. Child Trafficking is so devastating on a child’s life it corrupts the mind and the child is a mere shell of what they once were, simply a tool for money.

The poster is meant as a way to “shock” the viewer. The bright background an the “Child Sale” signs draws the viewer in but the pictures and text show another story and shows that child trafficking is occurring everywhere even in someone’s “backyard.” People need to band together to fight the ever-growing issue. Education is vital as educated children have the potential to know what they are getting themselves into the education is the key to escape poverty and many children are only stricken to be part of child trafficking due to financial needs. I feel the strong visual accompanied by minimal “strong” text creates for a strong awareness poster to communicate to a viewer beyond the obvious as the message is out of context on a “for sale” sign ad. It is hopefully to attract the viewer to actually give it a read

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Haiti HeartQuake!

Key Learning

Explain how the earth’s natural and human systems are interconnected.
This post has two parts on the right hand side a sort of letter or reflection and on the left a short poem. I wanted to do something but I did not want to spew out stats and information for this entry or any of my others I wanted them to be short and concise. I felt like since we learned about re background and stats because we were so familiar with the issue I would do something such as a journal and a poem in one piece. I wanted the reader to get a mental image in their head of despair, similar to what the people of Haiti still feel to this and I hope that was accomplished. I wanted the poem to be quick and to the point, short and memorable and the wirtten peice to be longer and more descriptive to convey mental images to get the reader to think about what Haiti must have done for the people and they took it in all at once, how could their hearts handle it and move on.

Key Learning

Evaluate the cultural, economic, political and environmental impact of changing technology.

I wanted to highlight a foundation but since we spent so much extensive time inc lass talking about a wide array of NGO’s and foundation I wanted to a unique and interesting foundation that appealed to me. I found one that took a different twist on helping the global community. Education, it is always talked about as it is the key to child’s future to find their way out of poverty and or live a stable life. The Kanye West Foundation was a foundation that rewarded the teenagers that part took in the program and it always helped the teenagers out by providing classes to teach kids communication, respect, time management and other life skills that are not necessarily obtained through growing up naturally and tend toe needed to be taught. The Foundation strives for academic excellence for a “b” average to get to College and to keep up attendance and in the end cut the dropout rates to motivate kids to see that education is such an important tool in their lives to get them to where they want to be. I felt this foundation gave a new prospective then any other we see in media focusing on poverty stuck nations but looking at neighboring countries dealing with their problems at home.

Key Learning:

9.trends and predict changes in the human use of the earth and its resources.

The environment is a delicate place but the need for energy is outstanding and the delicate balance between demand the environment is thin. A proposal has been sent to create75-megawatt gas plant by TransCanada Energy Ltd., QEW and Royal Windsor Dr. Residence of Oakville and Mississauga are angered by the placement not only of a power plant but one so close to their homes and protesting that “Homes and power plants do not mix!” The power plant will burn fossil fuels cleaner and less harmful than coal but still polluting he air quality of such a rich and beautiful town. The health risk that exists for the residents of Oakville can be dangerous and protesters are ready to go any limit to ensure the power plant proposal does not pass.

The political cartoon in a newspaper style shows concerned citizens of Oakville protesting in a collected group that power plants do not mix with homes. You can see that just behind the fence a power plant and the home are caught up in a twister and that one will have to give way, the home or the power plant, the very situation Oakville residents face a new power plant or the safety of the people in their homes.

Key Learning:

3. approaches, policies and principles relating to the protection and sustainability of natural and human systems.

As a Canadian I believe it means you can embody true freedom. In this country a persons limits and opportunities seem endless. As a Canadian I am more blessed then people from my homeland Punjab, India. In a sense being Canadian let’s you be spoiled with being blessed with little to no responsibilities. Children roam free, with no jobs, no duties or obligations. Although being Canadian leaves you spoiled in many ways and thus you forget to cherish a lot of what is given to you at times. You can be blinded to the outside world and become self-centered and a tad bit selfish.

In Canada we get the privilege of freedom of speech such a vital aspect of life Canadians take for granted. Even as a single person living in Canada you can make a difference and as a group in a Democratic country you can define so many changes to the way “your” country function, that way you want. That is the thing, Canada is “your” country and unlike other countries you function it not the other way around, you always have a say.

Canada is a land full of opportunity for education, lifestyle, wealth and everything in between. We have the power to shape our communities and our country. We have some of the best sports, culture and multiculturalism to bring everyone together. Canada does not belong to a certain ethnicity or race but it is a “melting pot” of all kinds of people that truly makes it a warm interconnected place. Canada “The true North Strong and Free,” those lines embody what Canada is and as citizens we have the obligation to abide by that. Being Canadian is so much more then belonging to a country it’s an unforgettable experience and as so many strive to come to live here I Am blessed and proud to say “I AM CANADIAN.”

Poster Reflection

Poster Reflection

1.What was your task?

Our task was to create a poster with no words that displayed the demographic transition and  one of the nine topics we studied in class, and how it lowers the Total Fertility Rate.

2.Why was the poster difficult to create?

The poster was difficult to create because it’s hard to explain the message without using words. Being accustomed to using written text and language as out second preferred choice of communication it was hard to deliver a message without suing tools we were not comfortable with. It was also difficult to make the message “heard” to people in underdeveloped countries who may not understand the images. It was a tough challenge to try to embody images and pictures that they would hopefully understand.

3.What Key Learning does this poster fit with?

The poster we created relates to the seventh key learning, regarding the global trends. This is because as countries go through demographic transition, women that are empowered) educated, employed), have less children, which reduces the fertility rate.

4.How can you connect this leaning to one of another course you are taking?

This course could relate to the course Families and Individuals: In a Diverse Society; because it talks about gender equality and empowerment of women in small sections of the course. It mentions that’s women often keep families together and build strong family bonds. Women who educate themselves can support themselves and create a life for their families

Key Learning

Evaluate approaches, policies and principles relating to the protection and sustainability of natural and human systems.

Issue Analysis: The Garden


1.Identify the issue?

The issue in the documentary The Garden, revolves around a primarily social justice issue. It also encompasses social, political and environmental issues. The “South Central Gardeners” are furious over the owner Ralph Horwitz selling his 41 acre farm and that the gardeners must be evicted, when their lifestyle depends on the garden that was allowed for them to use. This issue caused the farmers to seek and fail to obtain proper justice for them selves as many of them depend on the garden for survival and food. The social injustice the Latino farmers received is the main issue and it is even said that when they came to this country the last words they recited were “justice for all” but they say, “What is the justice for the poor people.”

2.What do you currently know about the issue?

What I currently know about the issue is after the 1992 L.A riots that were caused after the severe beating of an African American man named Rodney King several intense riots took place throughout the area of South Central L.A. After the intense riots a 14 acre empty land plot at 41st and Alamenda in L.A was created into a community garden to bring everyone back together. Years later the owner Ralph Horwitz wanted to sell the garden he bought for roughly $5 million for $16.3 million that he provided many of the community to garden and farm on. The community consisted of 73% Latino’s, 9% African American and 18% other nationalities. The gardeners were told to evacuate the premises of the gardens within a set number of days and after several attempts to raise the money and looked for political support their efforts failed and the garden was bulldozed which was the gardeners worst fear and they were forced out on the streets. The South Central Gardeners were forced to move outside of South Central to a new location of an 80-acre estate of land purchased with the 16 million raised and donated by the Adamburg Foundation.

3. Define the Scope of the Issue.

The scope of the issue is the stakeholders of the issue mainly the South Central Gardeners are not empowered enough to receive the justice they truly they deserve. They are immigrants who strive of the farm land to live and support for themselves and feed themselves to live. It provides them with a way to keep off the streets and a sort of income. Without the land to garden on they would be forced to live on the streets, sleep on in their cars and sleeping bags. The lack of empowerment leads them for their voices not be only heard but not acted with but rather against because they can be taken advantage of. It relates to the countless land issues people face even that of Native Indians in which their limited power as people is diminished by the government, political forces and or other people all in it for their personal gains.

5.Conduct research to add to your knowledge.

  • Not all the money for the initial soccer field was used. Only about $5000 out of the $4 million was used.
  • Horwitz was not even willing to sell the farm even for $100million because he was against what the gardeners were doing  and he was made out as a villain which shows there was a false hope all along.
  • The gardeners raised the $16.3 million needed and raised a surprisingly $490,000 is 6 days by themselves without the aid of the Adamburg Foundation.
  • Were given 7 acre by the City of L.A as compensation to their loses.
  • Horwitz did positive deed by buying the land for the original wonder and prevented a garbage incinerator to be built.

6.Organize your information.

Stakeholder Social Issues Political Issue Economic Issue Environmental Issue
South Central Gardeners Want to sustain the garden to provide themselves with food and lifestyle and not end up on the streets Seek the political help from City Council in order for them to help retain the community garden. No support from the government

No sufficient income from farm to help economically.

Helps clean air and keeps land durable and creates a more “green” environment. Organic growth.
General Community

& Concerned Citizens of South Central L.A

Wants the construction of more soccer fields for the children and community to have access to for recreational purposes Want the political attention to create the soccer fields. N/A

Not enough needs or causes to make it a economic issue when the community raised more then enough money for the field

Would cause minimal damage to the land that can be reversible and treated with care
Ralph Horwitz Wants to receive a large sum of profit for his land at more then triple the amount he bought it Will not come to terms with an agreement and never does and seem to disagree with the gardeners N/A Wants to harm the beautiful land by selling it for it to become industrialized
Dan Sotmer Civil Rights Lawyer intended to help the South Central Gardner’s to maintain the land that he feels should rightfully remain with him either by receiving political assistance or receiving the funds to buy it from Mr. Horwitz Is not empowered enough alongside the gardeners to make a significant impact on the City Council or the Mayor of L.A to get more political power behind him to help support the gardeners. N/A Helping conserve a land that many activist and tree huggers alike want to protect and should be kept as a community garden to keep the lifestyle of hundreds alive and off the streets.

7. Analyze the Information.

After analyzing the information it is evident that everyone single stakeholder whether it they be major or minimal they all wanted the farm for their personal gain and when so many stakeholders aim for a different goal a consensus can never be reached and those who are not empowered such as the gardeners they got the short end of  the stick and lost their “holy land” but in the end receive a much larger piece of land and it seems in a different prospective it worked out for everyone. The gardeners got new land, Horwitz sold his land for the amount he wanted and the politicians remained unharmed significantly, the only to suffer was the environment of the garden site. Even in the end it shows that those poor people can not find City Council it is hard for a group of passionate people with a great foundation to fight those who are given power.

8.Conclusion

In conclusion it seems that nothing seemed to work out in the favour of the South Central gardeners and that everything they fought for with their blood, sweat and tears was tarnished in minutes with the bull dozer and their hearts broken as to them their church or temple was torn down in front of their eyes. Even after two years Horwitz revived his payment and his landsite remained empty with nothing there when he should have taken the gardeners offer when they received the deal Horwitz originally agreed to. It shows the people can be very mischievous and untrustable and their are many factors to every single issue in this world that are all interconnected through social, political, economical and environmental issues. In the end the gardeners received 7 acre’s on behalf of  L.A and then bought a massive 80 acre farm they should be grateful they could purchase a much larger space even after the hardships they had to endure and I believe in the long run that was better because they were on private land. They should have noticed that everyone in America seeks profit even Ralph Horwitz did and the City and lawyers can not always fight every issue. The sad part of the entire thing is the riots brought on the community garden and another even if smaller riot made the garden close down and in a  sense everything fought for gone to waste.