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Zhaochen Qin
Sep 23, 2022
In #UnleashValues
I would like to focus more on the distributional injustice side mentioned in this course as I think the injustice of the environment is mainly caused by the injustice of social economic and power distribution. In terms of uneven distribution of power and economics, it would lead to the incidents such as the sea otter case, the fisheries case and the water pollution case as a result of some of the most relevant stakeholders don’t have the power and social status to get enough public attention and fight for their own rights. It is more like a systematic problem rather than only defining it as discrimination. Taking the water pollution video as an example, what if the black communities and the indigenous communities become richer and have more social power? Will the same tragedy happen? How could make these communities become more powerful socially? Consequently, I believe that on one hand, a new distribution pattern is required in the society to consider more about the stakeholders and the communities that have not much social power. On the other hand, reform in education, in government officer selection might also need to be carried out to make the less-development regions become richer and have louder voice for themselves, economically and politically. Therefore, their perspectives could be heard and considered to improve social justice.
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Zhaochen Qin
Sep 16, 2022
In #UnleashValues
Visions: A better future with not too many useless productions Values: Fast fashions are not something we need, so we need to control the production of them. Plans for change: More censorship on advertisements could be applied to limit the publication of fast fashions and not let citizens believe in fast fashions too much. More publications and supports (economically) on long-lasting products on the national or global wide. Strict laws for limiting the fast fashion companies to produce or even banning the amount for production could be carried on.
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Zhaochen Qin
Sep 16, 2022
In Levers and Leverage Points
The reflection to the Levers and leverage points for pathways to sustainability paper This paper mainly talks about the potential leverage points and leverages for human beings to get involved into the environmental degradation processes. Under the cooperative work from the scientists, the article managed to determine 8 leverage points globally that have impacts on environment as well as 5 leverages that might be able to alternate the environmental conditions. Though we cannot tell the exact impacts of human behaviors having on the environment from region to region, it is still clear that what we are doing to the environment right now are harmful to the sustainable development for human society and we are giving up the benefits of our future generations for our own good. Therefore, urgent movements to change the current status is highly required due to the exposing population and rising consumption levels. Social inequity also plays a crucial part in the unsustainable development of the natural resources, also leading to environmental degradation.
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Zhaochen Qin
Sep 11, 2022
In Member Introductions
Hi, I'm Zhaochen Qin, a 4th year forest science student. I take the ENVR 430 course because I feel like discussing the sustainable development on a broader scale rather than sticking to the forest environment. I hope to engage more with broader environmental topics and contribute more to a better future for the Earth and human beings. Besides, I would like to know more about the forest from different scopes, hoping to get the views from the environmentalists and social workers. Nice to meet you all and hope we could work together for a better future! #UnleashValues
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