Group Lead Conversation

In my group lead conversation I brought up an article based on if First Nations people should be involved in decision-making regarding the environment. Since my pledge shifted a bit in the last few weeks, I wanted to base my conversation on respect to the land through First Nations peoples perspectives. The conversation I had with my peers was very interesting and I believe it is worth sharing in this week’s blog post. We first started talking about whether or not we personally believe that the First Nations people should be included in these decisions. We instantly all agreed that it would be very beneficial to society because the First Nations people have a different view on the environment and to make our environment more eco-friendly, I believe we need a variety of different perspectives. Another thing we talked about which kind of went off topic was schools in Regina. I volunteered at a school in Regina, which was majority First Nations children, and in this school they did not have clean running water. We went into a discussion about how there are schools in our community that have everything and some that have nothing. We weren’t really sure why there is a huge cap in funding towards schooling. The next discussion we had regarding this article was if we should go towards having self-government. This was a touchy topic because we all had different opinions about this at the start. Some of us believed that it may be good and some of our opinions differed. At the end of discussing the pros and cons of having self-government, we collectively decided that it would not be good for Canada because it may lead to more conflict. As the 20 minutes flew by we did not come up with a logical answer to this question. At the end of the conversation I believed that First Nations people should definitely be included in the decision-making regarding the environment. We might not be able to fix everything that has happened but I believe small changes can be made to eliminate environmental issues.

What Kind of Citizenship?

My pledge has mostly been around Personally Responsible Citizenship because I have been trying to adjust the things I do in my everyday life to reduce my carbon footprint. This pledge has not been easy for me because I have been extremely busy and I have been noticing that when I am busy, I do not think about my pledge at all. I need to find ways that I can still accomplish my pledge, no matter how busy I am.

I am kind of putting my foot in the Participatory Citizenship because I am trying to get my family and workplace involved in my pledge, which is definitely easier said then done. Every time I go to my workplace, I notice that things are falling a part a bit when it comes to being eco-friendly. Last week, I was going through the juice/milk jugs that people would throw in the garbage and would recycle them.

To make my pledge Justice Oriented Citizenship I would have to get my entire community involved. People would have to know the importance of being eco-friendly and would have to be more knowledgeable about global warming. I believe a good start in getting my pledge to be Justice Oriented would be to have an elder talk about how First Nations people use to live off the land and why we can not do that anymore.

Continuing Pledge…

In my previous post regarding my pledge, a lot of things have changed. Last time I commented on how my workplace was starting to reuse our candy containers. As I only work once a week, I went in and slowly started to notice a change. The container that was made for recycling first had lost its purpose label, which makes me believe the original one was taken down. This week I went into work and we did not have this recycling container at all. I believe some of our staff keep trying to reinforce having this recycle container while others believe it is useless and take it down. I am trying to find a way that I can have this recycling container be permanent when I am only at work once a week. Any suggestions?

Another thing regarding my pledge, I believe I am not meeting my expectations I had at the beginning. As homework is starting to pick up, I have not been paying much attention to my pledge. I believe that I need to get back into thinking about my carbon footprint and have to work at the little things until they become a habit. My goal this week is to reconnect myself to my pledge. I was also interested in figuring out a First Nations perspective regarding reducing carbon footprints, which is anther thing I am going to try to work at this week.

Week 2

This week has been a step up from the last regarding my pledge. I have started to accomplish some of the goals I have made in the previous weeks. First thing I did was I carpooled three times this week. Three times does not seem like a lot, but it is better than not carpooling at all. I was able to get a ride with a family member to school and carpooled to our trip to the Museum with Carly, Erin and Maytlind. For the next few field trips coming up in this class, I have already planned out ways to carpool with my classmates. I have not done extremely well at this but I am slowly starting to remember to pack my food in containers instead of plastic bags.

 

Another thing I noticed this week that reflects on the pledge I made from day one was that my workplace has been incorporating recycling. A few of my staff members and myself have been trying to find a way to reuse our containers we put candy in. A lot of the people I work with get very frustrated with having to throw recyclable containers out that we can also reuse, therefore we created a bin to put the containers in instead of throwing them out. This bin had just been created this weekend, so hopefully we can keep using it for a while. We go through approximately 20 little containers a night, so being able to reuse them will definitely make a difference.

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Week 1

Reflecting back to the pledge I made, I have realized I still have a lot to concur. This week I took the time to write out everything I have to do to attempt to reduce my carbon footprint. The first thing I need to do to meet my goals is to acknowledge why my carbon footprint is so bad and ways I can do to change it. Here are a few ways I am going to attempt to reduce my carbon footprint:

 

  1. Carpool: Since I live out of the city, carpooling is not as easy for me as I wish. In my household I have 3 other people who commute back and forth to the University. I am going to sit down with each person and find days that we can all carpool or days that they can carpool to help reduce the carbon emissions we put into the air.
  2. Plastic Bag Use: Every food item that I pack for my lunch/supper, I put in a plastic bag. These plastic bags I use do not get recycled or reused as I throw them out every time. To reduce or to stop using plastic bags I am going to start by using containers.
  3. Water Supply: I use a lot of water when it comes to showering and brushing my teeth. Ways I can reduce this is to take shorter showers and to shut off the tap while brushing my teeth.
  4. Electricity: I believe that reducing the amount of electricity used in my home will be an easy goal to meet but is also one to easily forget. Ways I am going to reduce the electricity used in my home is to make sure all the lights are shut off when not needed, TVs are not left on, and things are not plugged in when they do not need to be.

 

When I first made my pledge I only considered the impact of reducing my carbon footprint in a European lens. In our European lens, reducing my carbon footprint means to help global warming but in the Indigenous worldview it means much more. I believe to be an active citizen I need to explore more about the importance of the land through an Indigenous lens. I know that the land is sacred to the Indigenous people but I want to learn more about why that is and why they hold strong values to the land. It is impossible to change things that have happened in the past, but I wonder if we as European people valued the land the same if we would still be facing the environmental issues we face today.

Active Citizenship Pledge

I pledge to attempt to significantly reduce my carbon footprint and to become a role model in my home, school, work and community. My goal is not just to reduce my personal carbon footprint, but impact others around me to do the same. To reduce my carbon foot print, I am going to attempt to limit the water supply I use ever day, reduce the amount of energy I use at home, carpool or walk when possibly and implement organic foods into my diet. To engage citizens in my community and workplace to reduce their carbon footprint, I am going to promote reducing, reusing and recycling in these environments. In my home and school life, I will be representing the importance of doing little things people may forget, such as turning lights off, recycling, carpooling and to try to limit the amount of water you use. To prove I am trying to make a difference, I will calculate the amount of water, electricity, carbon emissions, and how much I reduce, reuse and recycle a week. In my community I will try to monitor the people around me and see if they can make a difference as well. I chose to do this pledge because I am realizing how many people do not care about their carbon footprint. I do not know how easy it will be for me to reduce my carbon footprint, let alone try to get other people to but it is definitely a challenge I want to face.

 

 

 

Outcome- RW8.2: Assess the implications of personal consumer choices