ScrapESbook Round 2

Poverty, Inc.

     On November 18th, my English class and I went to see the documentary “Poverty, Inc.” at the Beverly Arts Center. Poverty, Inc. is an extremely educational movie that I think all government officials should watch. It really opened my eyes to the negative effects charitable giving can have on a countries economy. This was extremely shocking for me because I was also taught that we should give to others and make sure they have enough to survive and thrive. The idea that we need to help the less fortunate is correct but the ways in which we help them need to be adjusted.

      The U.S. feels the obligation to help out those countries in need after a natural disaster or even just in general. Americans run food drives, clothes drives, and lots of other collections for the poor in other countries. While these countries need our help, they don’t need our food or clothes. By donating food and clothes to people in needy countries, we are running the farmers and clothes makers out of business. For example, when Tom’s shoes donated millions of pairs of shoes to needy children and adults in Africa, they run the local shoe maker out of business because why would people pay for something that they can get for free? What the people in these countries really need our business connections. They interviewed many entrepreneur and they all said that they appreciate the food and all but what they really need is to be included in business with the rest of the world. They even said, “We don’t want to be beggars for life.”

       Poverty, Inc. relates to the course because it is about caring for our world and the people that make up that world. This movie really taught me that we need to recognize the struggles of people in countries like Africa and assist them but we shouldn’t baby them. We need to see them as our fellow man and not a burden or a cause. They are people just like us. The only difference is they have fallen on hard times whether it be because there is a lack of water and food in their environment or their government is corrupt. In order to truly help them, we need to listen to what they want.

Obey Creek

     The article, “Obey Creek Plans Raise Environmental Concerns” discusses the plan of Chapel Hill, NC to build houses in an area inhabited by many species. Many ecologists are concerned about the well being of the animals that depend on that area to live. The builders argue that the homes are needed and would benefit the most people; while the others say that it is not fair to the animals to take away their home.

      My opinion is that they should not build the houses because it is not fair to the animals to just destroy their habitat. The animals where there first and they need to respect that. We do not like it when animals invade our space so why are we trying to invade theirs? The benefit of not building the houses would be that they animals can continue living their lives as normal and not have to relocate. The disadvantage of not building the houses is people who would like to live in that area will not have the chance to and the people who were contracted to build those houses will lose money. But what is really more important, preserving nature the way God intended it to be or having a nice housing complex?

Chicago's Air Quality
(Article here)

     The article, “Chicago’s air quality gets an F from Lung Association” discusses Chicago’s terrible air quality due to pollution. “The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2014” ranked Chicago as the 14th-most polluted city in the nation for short-term particle pollution.” The air is Chicago is unhealthy for its residents to breath. Other cities, like Los Angeles and Fresno, California, have it even worse. This article also discusses steps that need to be taken on the federal and state law to help prevent the situation from getting worse.

      I find it shocking that the city I live in has such bad air quality. I would have never guessed that Chicago’s air was that bad. This is especially concerning to someone like me because I have extremely bad asthma. This article definitely made me rethink my choice to maybe live in Chicago in the future. I expected Los Angeles to have bad air quality just because of all the people and industry there but I felt a rank of 14 was pretty high for Chicago considering we have less people than California. One possible problem concerning Chicago’s horrendous air quality is that it could possibly result in a lawsuit against the city. If someone could gather enough evidence proving that the city is responsible for their respiratory problems, the city could be in trouble. However, and advantage of the article being published is that it might inspire city officials to take action and pass laws to reduce pollution in Chicago