Read: http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2072602/japans-zero-waste-town-so-good-recycling-it-attracting-foreign (Asian slant)
https://www.citylab.com/equity/2015/12/let-this-japanese-town-show-you-how-zero-waste-is-done/419706/ (American slant)
It may seem like an overkill, but the small Japanese town, with a population of just over 1,700, is on a mission to become the country’s first ‘zero-waste’ community by 2020. And, they’re almost there. According to the video, Kamikatsu already recycles about 80 percent of its trash, with the last 20 percent going into a landfill. That progress is 12 years in the making. In 2003, Kamikatsu declared its zero-waste ambition after the town gave up the practice of dumping trash into an open fire for fear of endangering both the environment and the population.
There are no garbage trucks, so each resident has to wash, sort, and bring their trash to the recycling center—which residents admit took some time getting used to. A worker oversees the sorting process at the center, making sure trash goes into the right bins. Some used items are taken to businesses to be resold or repurposed into clothing, toys, and accessories.
- Is it important to recycle or reduce waste? Why, or why not?
- Would this recycling system work in your hometown? Why, or why not?
- In order for it to work, what must be done?
- What are the effects of videos like this?
- What are the effects of more people watching videos like this?
- What are the effects of more people going to Kamikatsu?
Cat food/toy – Source: https://youtu.be/aeKsKr9X4KE
Pampered Pets – Source: https://youtu.be/GGytoCC23B4
Yulin – Source: https://youtu.be/4gGAn_khApA
Farm Animals – Source: https://youtu.be/tKaCFyGdazo
- Do animals have a good life now?
- Should people become vegetarian if they love animals?
- What do you consider as animal abuse?
- What can be done for animals that are bred for food or work?
- Should animals be kept in zoos?
- Should animals be used for entertainment?
- Why are the differences so drastic between the two subway systems?
- How different is the subway system in your country from Tokyo or New York?
- How can the subway system be improved?
Read here: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/before-the-flood/articles/14-easy-ways-to-reduce-your-own-carbon-footprint/
What can you do
- at home?
- on the road?
- at the store?
- How easy/difficult are these ways?
- What other ways can individuals do?
- How about countries and corporations? What can they do to collectively reduce carbon footprint?
Singapore is a long way from this remote Cambodian fishing village – nearly a thousand miles across the sea. But as the bustling city-state grows, Koh Sralav and hamlets like it die. All because of sand.
Singapore is expanding; its land reclamation projects make it the largest sand importer in the world. Politically connected Cambodian firms have rushed to meet the demand. Local fishermen, and one of Southeast Asia’s largest mangrove forests, are paying the price.
Sand dredgers have deepened the shallow estuaries around this village by several meters. That has created strong currents which have eaten away at the riverbanks, destroying long stretches of mangrove.
The crabs and fish that once lived among the mangrove roots, the mainstay of most family economies around here, are disappearing.
- How has your hometown/city/country been impacted by the development of its neighbours or other countries?
- How can the environment be better protected?
Whenever any animal population gets out of control, whether it be an overrun of deer or geese, humans usually step in and make plans to curb it through hunting or damaging nests. It seems cruel, but without natural predators to bring the population down, overpopulation could have devastating effects on the local environment. Yet, humans have shown themselves to be far more destructive than any other animal on this planet, so why don’t we offer ourselves the same consideration? I’m talking about anti-natalism here, the philosophical position that opposes procreation.
- Is it important for people to procreate (have children)?
- Do you want to have children? Why or why not?
- What is the best way of showing love or respect?
UNICEF describes the remaining health care system in eastern Aleppo, as “crumbling,” with roughly 30 doctors left, barely any equipment or emergency medicine, and a rising number of trauma cases. Additionally, “a doctor on the ground told UNICEF that children with low chances of survival are too often left to die due to limited capacity and supplies.”
In 2011, the Syrian civil war began when President Bashar Al-Assad violently used force to crush dissent among hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters who took to the streets to demonstrate against civil rights abuses. Since then, violence escalated, sectarian conflict emerged, and rebel brigades were formed to fight government forces, with the governments of Syria, Russia, and the United States all launching air strikes on various rebel forces on the ground, resulting in the death and displacement of thousands of civilians in the process.
- If something you own breaks down, what would you doo? Repair it or get a new one?
- Why do some people think it is important to repair things rather than throwing them away?