Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish political scientist is the head of the Copenhagen Consensus that made a ‘to do list’ of problems to solve, including global warming, disease and poverty; prioritizing them on how effective our solutions would be. Before showing his list, he asks his audience to create their own list. His list was decided from 30 of the top economists, including 3 Nobel Laureates divided into three groups in each area. Their list resulted in saying that dealing with climate change is very inefficient. With the $150 billion needed for the climate change solution each year, half of that amount could solve all major problems in the world such as clean water, sanitation and basic healthcare. The tops on the list were diseases- the control of HIV/AIDS followed by malnutrition.
Basically Lomborg is stating that if we were to prioritize projects on efficiency- that would be the list. He also says, “We can do a lot more by investing in prevention,” rather than treatment. He asks the audience; in 2100 even the poor people would be as rich as us now, and we even richer than them- then why would we worry so much about helping the future a little from climate change when we could have saved our people greatly now from diseases and such. He hopes that the world gets better at prioritizing for a better world.
What Lomborg is saying is most likely true. He had very smart people figure it out for him. It is believable that the list would turn out to be like that based on efficiency. But at the same time, that is a limitation. We do not know the other factors that may be affecting it. If the list were based on something else other than efficiency, it may look very different. It may get us biased, thinking that we should only use our money on preventing and curing diseases, when climate change is also a pressing issue. I think that even though it is more efficient to prioritize on disease rather than climate change, it is important that we also think about the other problems in life.
When we started the painting project in art class, we had to plan first. Most of my planning is in here. At first I wanted to paint a realistic still life, but I later decided to paint a forest since Edward Hopper and Emily Carr inspired me. From Hopper’s ‘Road in Maine’, I wanted to draw a landscape and by Carr’s ‘Indian Church’, I wanted to draw a forest. In my preparation I looked at several websites giving tips about painting forests. Only later on did I decide to paint my forest purple because I wanted my painting to be different.
Some of my difficulties that I had were the contrast between the brown and the purple was very little so it easily blended together. I did not want the tree branches to blend in with the leaves so I tried to darken the branches to make a bigger contrast. I did this, but when the paint dried it changed the shade to a lighter color. Also the branches before I changed them looked flat. I fixed this be visibly showing my brush strokes to make it more realistic.
For the forest floor, I don’t think that I painted it well because it is not very detailed, and we are able to see clear brush strokes. I don’t think I painted the leaves well in this project because they blend the tree trunks in as well. The colors don’t match well and they seem to be placed randomly on the paper. If we look at the painting we cant immediately tell where the leaves are placed, and how the sunlight is hitting them. We don’t see much depth. I don’t think I have that many strengths in this painting. I think that I was able to place the trees in the right places.
In the painting unit, I learned more about how to mix paint and how to make a specific color such as light purple, only using the primary colors and white and black. In my practice paintings, I was able to practice painting trees. I learnt the basics of painting forests such as adding small shades of green to make it more realistic.
To improve my painting skills, I would research more things on the Internet such as painting tips, techniques and other paintings, so that I could get influenced. I would plan more before I started a new painting, and I would use my time wisely without wasting any time. Maybe doing one part of the painting every lesson would be a good idea.
I gathered information at the beginning of the pastel unit so that I could be more knowledgeable about the tools that I was going to use. We tested the two different types of pastels- soft and oil. I decided I liked oil better because the feeling was better. The soft pastel got my hands dirty, and it got smeared easily on the paper. Oil pastel was able to stick to the paper and not get smeared easily.
I think my strength in my work was the coloring of the stone steps. I was able to show the gradient and texture of the stone by adding different shades of colors to give a sense of depth. Also, as the path goes out further, the shading of the stone becomes lighter and lighter.
I found it difficult to draw the water in the stream. It was hard to create a ‘reflective’ looking surface with pastels. I also wound it hard to get the right color for the stream. It is quite obvious on the stream, that there is a difference in color between the top-half and bottom-half.
The banks of the stream also turned out to look weird. I did not press the gray pastel hard enough to make it look dark. I didn’t add enough shades of colors to make it realistic. It looks flat and boring. I should have also added more details such as the texture, moss, cracks and other things. The bridge also looks bad. It is two-dimensional.
Another weakness is the leaves on the trees. I could not find the right technique to draw a lot of leaves on the trees to fill up the background. It looks messy and unrealistic. There is only a portion of it where you can see the light blue sky behind it.
After the path, there are some buildings that we are able to see. I rushed them so they turned out bad. They look boring and dull. They are not colored well either. There is no detail added to the buildings.
To progress in my pastel skills, I would take more time to research on the topic before I start drawing. Then I should draw a proper, accurate outline where I can draw over. This is so that I won’t find mistakes in my rough outline in the middle of my work, meaning that I will have to make major changes to my work. I would use my time usefully so that I could finish my work leisurely without rushing.
In InS class we were assigned a project to make a website on the Corporate Social Responsibility applied to a given company. Our group chose to study McDonald’s. Our final website is here.
This website that we created is effective in showing the CSR McDonald’s is doing. It is easy to find your way around the website because there are sub-headings where you can click to go to another page. There are few pages so you can easily read everything. On the front page, the definition of corporate social responsibility is shown, so you can easily understand what the websites about.
Our website is not biased. They are unbiased because we took our sources from both sides of the argument. We have pages on the ways how McDonald’s is good and we also show the bad things that they do. In our opinion, we are a little biased, but we give the reader a choice whether choose a side.
Working with a group was good because we were able to split all the work among our group members. We didn’t have to stress about it ourselves. The good part of group work is that we didn’t have that much work, and we could discuss with our friends whether we thought the same thing. The bad part is that we couldn’t meet face to face. We had to connect by calling each other.
I think that CSR is an effective strategy for corporations because they help the reputation of the corporation and they also help people, animals and the world. They help make people more aware of the things happening and influence us to do better things. Even though the companies may not be doing CSR for that reason, it is still benefiting the world we live in. We should also strive for a better world by saving people, animals and the world.
YIS kind of engages in CSR. They are eco-friendly by not using paper for work. They are treating the students well. There isn’t any evident bullying in the school. There are also charities that help homeless people and poor people. They also do community and service by helping the society. The cafeteria food is organic and some of it is home grown. By buying and contributing to these good things, we are helping YIS have a better reputation and atmosphere.
1. What are you most proud of in your semester one results? Why?
I am most proud of my chemistry, geography and math grades because I got high grades for them.
2. Given the comments of your teachers, what do you most need to work on?
I think that most of the teachers basically told me to participate more in class by asking more questions, answering more questions and to improve on my presenting skills in public.
3. How will you work on #2 above?
I could work on the above by talking more and taking more time on trying to present for a project.
4. How do you feel about your Approaches to Learning (ATL) feedback?
I feel that my approaches to learning feedback is overall average. In some subjects I have very good feedback, and in other subjects the feedback is not so good.
5. Review the learning goals you established in Semester One. In what ways have you met them? What remains to be done?
My learning goals were to do better in japanese, to know more in chemistry and to never forget my laptop. For japanese, I think that I am doing as usual. I think I should participate more in class and I should be more organized. For chemistry, I am doing well. I am learning new things all the time. I have approached this by reading the textbook for question given from the teacher. I think to continue learning new things, I have to continue listening in class and researching stuff. I have never forgotten my laptop. I have always brought it to school.
The mass production seen in the Manufactured Landscapes video is not the only way for things to be produced effectively in today’s economy. In the video, there are long lines of people doing their one job then passing down the product on the assembly line for the next person to do their job. This form of mass production is very efficient and is cheap but it may get repetitive or boring for the workers. Also the waste thrown away from the products that were used is a lot. The waste is just dumped in landfills and other places.
Another way to produce things is to make things homemade and sell them, but it will be more expensive. Farms do a good job in producing their own food to sell. Most big companies use mass production assembly lines but I don’t think that it is the only way to make things in today’s economy.
This is a book trailer that I made for English class. Enjoy please.
These are some books that I have read.
In Individuals and Societies class, we visited a website that tells you how many slaves you have around the world. I got 39 slave working for me. I found this website interesting because they are trying to tell your that you and your possessions affects people all around the world. They take in your everyday life and see how you impact the world. We should be grateful for the other people.
I think that our resources should be equally distributed across the world so there aren’t that many slaves.
My composition is mostly made up of pencils. There is light coming from the top-right corner. The pencils are all pointing towards the bottom, except two on the top-left. I made the pencils a little too long, and I also stretched the picture compared to the original photo.
I used tones to show the shadows and reflections on the pencils. I think that I was able to achieve around eight tones. I used a tortillon to smooth out and smudge the shading to make it more real. I tried to re-darken the smudged lines so that it would be clearer. Smudging makes the shade a little lighter so that is another reason to re-darken.
I think it was a little hard trying to get the proportion right. The photo was on an A4 so it was hard to guess the size on the sketchbook. I overcame this by stretching the picture a little. In this project, I improved on my shading skills. I learnt how to smudge and blend. I learnt how to draw more realistically than before.
If I had to repeat this project, I would have taken more time on the empty place on the left hand side. That place was a little untidy. The place on the top left was a little off, so I would have taken more time to correct the angles and lengths of the pencils.