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Zwarte Piet: Holland’s Christmastime tradition racist?

Zwarte Piet: Holland’s Christmastime tradition racist? | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it

In the Netherlands, Santa doesn't have little elves; he has a helper (slave?) named Zwarte Piet, literally Black Pete.  He delights kids with cookies and a goofy persona.  Foreign visitors are startled by his resemblance to Little Black Sambo. 

 

Is this a harmless cultural tradition or is it racist?   Why might some Dutch not see this as offensive?  Why might someone not from there react so strongly to this caricature? What do you think?  (Note: a Dutch friend of mine was quick respond: "Sinterklaas' helpers are black because of the ashes in the chimney."  I'm curious to know whether that was always the case or if it's a way to 'whitewash' an old tradition from a bygone era.  And yes, this is an annual controversy).  


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Is this a harmless cultural tradition or is it racist?   Why might some Dutch not see this as offensive?  Why might someone not from there react so strongly to this caricature? What do you think?  (Note: a Dutch friend of mine was quick respond: "Sinterklaas' helpers are black because of the ashes in the chimney."  I'm curious to know whether that was always the case or if it's a way to 'whitewash' an old tradition from a bygone era.  And yes, this is an annual controversy). 

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MAP REGIONS TO STUDY.pdf - Google Drive

MAP REGIONS TO STUDY.pdf - Google Drive | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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Study this map for your world regions.

You should also be familiar with where key terms, and topics discussed in class belong on this map. 

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From Poverty to Power » The world's top 100 economies: 53 countries, 34 cities and 13 corporations

From Poverty to Power » The world's top 100 economies: 53 countries, 34 cities and 13 corporations | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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Check out the chart, and check out the update link (page 3) to see an even more accurate account that excludes cities.

Questions to Ponder:

1) Looking at the cities and countries, which areas of the world are producing and consuming the most?

2) Looking at the corporations, how might the position of these corporations relate to their level of consumption and production? How might it relate to their ecological footprint?

3) How does their financial position of these countries and corporations grant them power in the materials economy (the linear model from Story of Stuff)? 

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EPA- Life Cycle of a CD:DVD.pdf - Google Drive

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The hidden cost of your hardwood floor - Chicago Tribune.pdf - Google Drive

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The Story of Stuff

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This groundbreaking cartoon takes a closer look at how we make, use, and toss Stuff and calls us together to create a world that is more sustainable, just, and fun. Have you seen it yet?
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22 minute video.

Provides a great overview or recap of our consumption unit. 

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The Hidden Life of Paper and Its Impact on the Environment - New York Times.pdf - Google Drive

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Sourcemap: supply chain mapping, visualization, and business continuity planning

Sourcemap: supply chain mapping, visualization, and business continuity planning | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
The open directory of supply chains and carbon footprints
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Visualize various products and businesses using GIS online.

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Material World: A Global Family Portrait, by Country | Peter Menzel

Material World: A Global Family Portrait, by Country | Peter Menzel | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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Check out these incredible photos of families from around the world pictured outside of their home with all of their possessions.

Click through the gallery. What similarities and differences do you see? Are there any geographic patterns?  What might account for these sims/diffs and patterns?

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Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorado Region - Law of the River

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A link to the various US laws written about the Colorado River Basin and who is entitled to use of its waters.

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Remote Sensing and Land Cover Change

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By moving the slider, the user can compare 1990 false-color Landsat views (left) with recent true-color imagery (right). Humans are increasingly transforming Earth’s surface—through direct activities such as farming, mining, and building, and indirectly by altering its climate.


This interactive feature includes 12 places that have experienced significant change since 1990.  This is an user-friendly way to compare remote sensing images over time.  Pictured above is the Aral Sea, which is and under-the-radar environmental catastrophe in Central Asia that has its roots in the Soviet era's (mis)management policies.  

 

Tags: remote sensing, land use, environment, geospatial, environment modify, esri, unit 1 Geoprinciples, zbestofzbest.


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See how much the Aral Sea has changed due to the impact of humans on their environment for yourself. Drag the slider tool to see a before and after. Reference your textbook (p61) for the whole story.

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Derek Ethier's comment, October 18, 2012 1:32 AM
The Aral Sea is literally shrinking before our eyes and people are doing very little to stop it. Due to years of poor farming techniques (growing cotton and rice in this dry climate) the Aral Sea is literally being sucked dry by these crops. People can do very little about it because growing these crops represents their well being. It is a Catch 22 situation...
Amy Marques's curator insight, April 24, 12:46 PM

This map is a true testament to the people who believe human activity does not affect the earth. Humans have been transforming Earth’s surface for years, through direct activities such as farming, mining, and building, and indirectly by altering its climate. Much of the transformation taking place in the Aral sea leads to its connection to the Soviet era and their lack of understanding of the environment. This mismanagement of the Aral Sea is leading to a lack of water for the people who live in Central Asia.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 10:30 AM

The colors seen in photographs and images like this is because of the equipment used. Sometimes the quality of the equipment makes the pictures look different than they actually are. This basin has dried up over time and its surface has signs of significant change.

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Food Inc,

I don't claim ownership, to be an author, or have rights to this video...That being said, I do claim to believe that we as consumers have the right to be inf...
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An amazing and powerful documentary on the current state of food in American society, and how this in turn impacts our global food system.

Chapter Listings:

Intro - 0:00-4:00
From Fast Food to All Food - 4:00-17:00
A CORNucopia of Choices -  17:00- 24:55
Unintended Consequences - 24:55-38:55

The Dollar Menu - 38:55-44:25

In The Grass 44:25-58:05

Hidden Costs 58:05-1:06:10

From Seed to Supermarket - 1:06:10-1:16:13

The Veil 1:16:13-1:24:16

Shocks to the System 1:24:16-end

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United States Department of Agriculture - Home

United States Department of Agriculture - Home | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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Viewpoint C (pro sustainable meat/rural communities) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Protein: Moving Closer to Center Stage

Protein: Moving Closer to Center Stage | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Table of Contents Introduction All Protein Isn't Alike The Protein Package Protein and Chronic Disease Protein and Weight Control Straight Talk about Soy The Bottom Line: Recommendations for Protei...
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Viewpoint B (pro meat eating) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Story of Stuff Annotated Script.pdf - Google Drive

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An annotated script is a full account of what is said in a presentation or video that also includes the references and notes about the facts presented. It is a useful tool for checking where a person's information comes from and also checking the accuracy or validity of the speaker's statement.

Here's is the full script for the Story of Stuff complete with their research sources and notes.

Check it out.
1) What bias exists?

2) Is the information valid and accurate?
3) Is this a well constructed argument? 

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25 US Mega Corporations: Where They Rank If They Were Countries

25 US Mega Corporations: Where They Rank If They Were Countries | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
The real powerful states of the world.
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What if 25 US Mega Corporations were ranked against the GDP of countries?

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EPA- Life Cycle of a Cell Phone.pdf - Google Drive

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BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Waste around the world

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Waste around the world | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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Check out the videos on this BBC News report.

 

1) How do the four locations compare and contrast in their household waste removal practices and viewpoints?


2) How does this compare to household waste removal where you live? 

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The world's rubbish dump: a tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan

The world's rubbish dump: a tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.
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How does this happen?

Why does it happen in these locations?

What does this suggest about the nature of global material consumption?  

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What’s Your Consumption Factor? - New York Times.pdf - Google Drive

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Snickers Bar on Sourcemap

Snickers Bar on Sourcemap | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
The open directory of supply chains and carbon footprints
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Ever wonder how the global supply chain works? Check out this website to see how the global economy works. This gives some insight into where the various parts of global market products come from and where they are manufactured. The only piece of this that isn't shown is where they shipped off to be sold.

This particular sourcemap represents the supply chain of Snickers Bars. Click "browse" at the top to see others that have been created. 

Questions to Ponder:

How does this relate to globalization?
How does this affect countries of the core (United States)?
How does this affect countries of the periphery (South America, etc.)?

Is this system good or bad in your opinion? Explain. 

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▶ Population Pyramid - Tutorial Demostration - YouTube

Learn more about population: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/7-billion To coincide with the arrival of the world's 7 billionth person on October 31, 2011, ...
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A REALLY useful tutorial on how to use the US Census Bureau's International Database. This will show you how you can access raw data (numbers) as well as population pyramids.

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Blue Gold : World Water Wars (Official Full Length Film)

Please visit http://www.bluegold-worldwaterwars.com and consider donating to the filmmaker if you enjoyed the film! There you can also link to vendors to buy...
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This is the full documentary used in class. You may use this youtube link as a means of reviewing the film when working on your assignment from class.

Always remember, when quoting or paraphrasing other people's work be sure to give credit. 

Go to this link for more on MLA citations of films: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/09/

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Brandon Sherrill's comment, May 26, 10:57 AM
Really? Water is everywhere instead of people fighting able I think we should come to together and find a cheap, effective way to purify salt water with the ice caps melting and turning into salt water I think we should be looking into ways to convert salt water to fresh water
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | Video on TED.com

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories.
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¨Reflection writing 1 page. (single-spaced, hand written) 1st half – What’s the “single story” that we have of East Africa (Somalia) – where does that story come from? 2nd Half – Is Ms. Adichie right? Do you agree with her? Use the example of East Africa/Somalia to explain your thoughts.
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Local Harvest / Farmers Markets / Family Farms / CSA / Organic Food

Local Harvest / Farmers Markets / Family Farms / CSA / Organic Food | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Find locally grown produce anywhere in the country! Use our map to locate farmers markets, family farms, CSAs, farm stands, and u-pick produce in your neighborhood.
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Viewpoint C (pro sustainable meat/rural communities) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Why Vegetarians Are Eating Meat | Food & Wine

Why Vegetarians Are Eating Meat | Food & Wine | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Some vegetarians are starting to eat humanely raised meat. Christine Lennon talks to a few converts including her husband and famed author Mollie Katzen.
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Viewpoint C (pro sustainable meat/rural communities) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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