Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Annan warns the world that after the horror of September 11, a new security has flooded everyone's mind, and that instead of working as nations, we need to focus on the individual citizens of the Earth to bring global peace and prosperity. As Annan states in paragraph 6, "We must focus, as never before, on improving the conditions of the individual men and women who give the state or nation its richness and character." He basically says that to weave peace through the lives of all, we need to not just look at a macro perspective, but also look at the micro perspective. We need to look past the barriers of smiley politicans, and wipe the tears off the individual civilains. Only then can we achieve true world peace. Every human being is equal, and so everyone deserve the most fundamental rights, regardless of power, race, religion and culture.
Not much has been done since the speech to aid the situation, because people take the issue too lightly. They do not realize the great impact a better democracy can make- it can make our lives a lot easier by allowing for more prosperity. The issue has redefined the idea of democracy- it has enlarged the idea by stressing the value of every individual than whole nations. After the speech, an effort to allow more people in little cities to vote could be made.
In everyday lives we all here people blame the president for everything that is going wrong in the economy, even global warming but we as individuals are the people who hate to recycle and pollute the environment not the president. Wangari's speech makes a lot of sense because like telling a person to feel good about his/herself to be confident is the same as fixing our individual leaderships before we can talk about that of the government's.
What has been done about this since this speech? I don't believe much because as humans we feel much more better blaming others than facing the truth so i believe this situation of blame is a long way from solved.
What could be done is us as individuals taking a stand and stop blaming our governments and gear toward building our own individual leaderships, then coming together to help the big leadership in general.
The change she made was beneficial because other people who lived in Kenya had not experience what she experienced when she was a child. She was giving people a better life. So by planting trees, not only she made better lives, she also made better environments. She made a big contribution to the well being of everything.
I found Wangari Maathai’s impact in Africa to be particularly interesting. She says much of her motivation for what she did came from her childhood and was nurtured by a good education. I found it interesting how she focuses on the women of Kenya and how they are the ones who are most affected by environmental damage. She talks about how since the women are the caretakers, they notice when recourses to feed the family are diminishing. She came up with a solution to meet the needs of the women of Kenya, “we have planted over 30 million trees that provide fuel. Food, shelter and income to support their children’s education and households needs.” Maathai had to help the women realize that “meeting their needs depended on their environment being healthy and well”.
The Green Belt Movement also developed a “citizen education program” to help people understand the connections between their society and the environment. The program educates people in diseases particularly HIV/AIDS and how much of a pandemic it can be. They discover they can be a solution to stopping disease and healing the earth.
This issue is an example that can be used world wide of how we can be solutions to the damaged earth. We can reverse some of the damage. The Green Belt Movement is doing a great job in not only taking action directly on the earth, like planting trees, but also spreading the knowledge and educating others on how to help.
I found the speech given for the United Nation very interesting and it contained many elements that helped the reader realize that there is a similarity between all humans and that we are all part of the “human family”(627) I feel like this speech called us to action to promote the welfare of all people all across the world. It describes three main priorities “eradicating poverty, preventing conflict, and promoting democracy.”(627) It says that these are the visions of the United Nations but the speech invokes feeling that seems to evoke the audience or reader that they have a responsibility and a role in bettering today’s world. I also like how the speech unites the peoples of the world through similarities in religion. Although some beliefs of various religions differ they share many aspects which include “ to love our neighbor and to pray for those who wish to persecute us”(628) I find this speech the most influential of them all because it not only states the facts and goals of the United Nations but still leaves us with a sense of responsibility to accept the wonderful diversity of the human family.
Sadly, to my knowledge, not much has happened for this cause. Global warming is a very touchy issue. Many people do not want to deal with it at all. So it take quite a bit of time for any rules or regulations to pass about this hot topic. I think that a lot, however, could be done. We could take little steps to insure our world will not change drastically. We need to take steps to stop or reverse global warming before it is too late for us or even our grandchildren.
He said, "We are what is wrong, and we must make it right". He is calling for people to change. We human is the major reason for global warming and the rapid climate change. In order to raise our living standards, we do a lot of harmful things to the originally green environment. Today, the concern is how to best utilize lands which is already cleared by massive deforestaion, we ignored the fact that we are the largest greenhouse gases emitters and keep on damaging the natural environment. Al Gore told us how extreme the temperature is nowadays, and how rapidly the glaciers are melting, which cause the rise in sea level and floods in some places. There are tsunamis, earthquakes and different kinds of natural disasters happening in the past few years which proves that the climate is getting worse day by day. There are sayings that the world will end because of the twisted climate but Al Gore's speech made it clear that we still have the chance to make thing right and we should start making peace with the planet and the nature.
I think that there's a lot we can do in our daily lives in order to save ourplanet. We can turn off electrical devices when we're not using it, we can recycle paper and simply go green. Al Gore mentioned that China and the United States are the largest CO2 emitters in the world. China and the United states are the world's leading economic power, however they are also contributing the most in destroying our planet. I think that the government should start making measures for conserving our natural environment and raise public awareness of the importance of environmental protection. We should all contribute in "making peace" with the planet because we are the one who will bare all the enormous consequences if we keep damaging it.
One passage I really liked from his speech was, “ We understand, as never before, that each of us is fully worthy of the respect and dignity essential to our common humanity. We recognize that we are the producst of many cultures, traditions and memories; that mutual respect allows us to study and learn from other cultures; and that we gain strength by combining the foreign with the familiar.” This makes me think of compromise. Two people struggling to get along, what is the best solution? I think is it to compromise. Both ideas could be goo but together they could be great. Having ideas from several cultures and sever races or religions could help us all as a whole. We will never know unless we try. I feel as though some people are open and understanding but at the same time we could be doing more.
I don’t think very much is being done to bring the nations together, to break down the wall separating everyone. Instead I feel like sometimes nothing is being done or it looks like nothing is being done. We are all trying to live in America and earn our way but if people are not letting others then how is anything going to get accomplished. Many people say they are open to change but maybe they just say that to make themselves feel like a better person because when it comes down to it, most people go back on their word because change is different. That’s what change is. And change scares people. I think people need to be more open about things that need to change and the only way to do this is try to make a change for themselves.
Monday, March 1, 2010
In my opinion, I do not believe that there has been much down to help aid this situation. Yes, America has become more open to the idea of allowing immigrants into this country, but so many people are ignorant. They may chose to not see the hardship and struggle that these people might be facing back in their home country. Some further things that we could do in order to better this situation, is sit down and look at the issue threw their eyes. We should try and understand their struggle, and instead of calling them "aliens," maybe we can call them a father in search of a better life for his family.
Another option I have which doesnt interest me as much would be to do prompt 1 from The Essay Connection. Where I am to research 3 Noble Prize winners. I would defintely do Barack Obama as one of the winners because it shows how far our genertaion has come. I need to do more reaserch and see what else I can find. I am sure this will be difficult but well worth it.