Permaculture Units A B C D
10 questions to get you thinking
1. More than 80 percent of all human beings live on less than 10 dollars a day. What can you buy for $10?
3. We have access to more products and services than ever before in the history of our civilization, but who is really using all of this? The top 20 percent of the world is responsible for nearly 80 percent of all consumption while the bottom 20 percent is responsible for less that 2 percent of total consumption. Explain what these statistics mean using 100 jelly beans.
5. We think children are getting smarter each year, and they are, except their learning is very one-dimensional. A recent report claimed that an average child in a developed country can name nearly a thousand logos but cannot identity 10 plants that grow within their own ecosystem. Name 10 logos you are familiar with, e.g. the white tick for Nike. Name 10 plants you can find around the school. Which list took you longer to name.
7. There are over 2.2 billion children in the world at this point. Over a billion of these children are suffering from poverty and are being forced to work from a very young age. What percentage of children are suffering from poverty? (Divide 1 billion into 2.2 billion - cannot enter those many zeros into your calculator???Here's an easier method, just ignore all the zeros and divide 1 into 2.2 and then times this figure by 100).
If interested, read more about child labour here: https://www.worldvision.com.au/global-issues/work-we-do/child-labour
9. Nestle is a global multinational with only one goal: To get cheap, quality chocolate to as many people as possible. And what better way to cut costs than through child slavery?
In 2001, it was discovered that a large part of the cocoa Nestle uses to make that lovely cheap chocolate came from farms in the Ivory Coast. Farms that don’t exactly have much in the way of governmental oversight—which is our polite way of saying they keep over 600,000 children in conditions even Calvin Candie would describe as a bit harsh. So what happened—Nestle admitted they’d screwed up and put a stop to the practice, right?
Nah. They carried right on buying from those same farms up until 2012, when an internal audit revealed the extent of their collusion. This report, by the way, included information on indentured children with obvious machete wounds, and entire families being forced to work without pay. Now, Nestle has since pledged to eradicate child labor from its supply chain, but judging by how that went in 2001, we won’t be holding our breath.
Name 10 Nestle products. Stuck? Get help here. http://www.nestle.com.au/brands
2. This is probably the most horrifying statistic about our planet and should be one of our biggest concerns. Nearly 22,000 children die every day due to starvation. This means that three children would have passed away by the time you finished reading this paragraph. How long did it take you to read this paragraph?
4. There is a growing trend of developed countries overusing most of the world’s resources. When it comes to the topic of water, only 12 percent of the world is responsible for 85 percent of all water consumption. This 12 percent resides only in developed countries. Name some developed countries and some under-developed countries.
6. Our current rate of creating and absorbing resources suggest that we need roughly 1.6 Earth’s in order to satisfy our needs. In two decades, we will need another Earth entirely to meet our demands. How long is two decades? How old will you be in that time?
8. Solving major problems in our world is not as complicated as we expect. It only involves better allocation of our energy, time and resources. You would think it would take something drastic to solve the world’s hunger and sanitation problems, but in reality it just takes less perfume. That’s right! It would take only 13 billion dollars annually to take care of the hunger and sanitary problems in our planet, an amount that goes into purchase of perfumes and colognes from American and European households each year. Which is your favourite perfume? Google how much one 100mL bottle costs. (If you don't have a favourite perfume, then google mine - J'Adore for women and Channel Sport for men)
10. Shop ethically.
Click on the link below to choose 5 brands you recognise that do not experiment on animals
Click on the link below to find a list of products and companies that still DO test on animals. Choose 5 companies you recognise.