Fahrenheit 451 Reflection

Fahrenheit 451 presentation reflection – critical thinking – pages 43 – 51

The Fahrenheit 451 book has been enjoyable so far. With the presentation, I took on the role as connector – connecting the book’s events and themes to our real world.

I kept the group updated on the connections I was developing, to develop group questions and build on other roles. During the presentation I was able to share the connections I had made – as well as develop further into certain themes I had noticed in the book.

I used critical thinking in this project by critically thinking of my daily life, as well as events happening around the world and connecting them with similar themes in Fahrenheit 451.

Our Oceans are Rising, and so are the Youth

Check out CNN’s article by Harmeet Kaur and Madison Park on the climate strikes taking part across the globe, here.

The surprisingly controversial climate strikes have grabbed global attention after Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old activist began skipping school every Friday and sitting outside of the Swedish parliament to protest the lack of action from politicians and global industries to reduce their impacts on our ecosystems.

Since then, her protests have inspired thousands of young people around the world, with climate strikes held in over 120 countries and 2000 cities, including Vancouver.

Her actions have not only brought out young people from across the world, with a spokesperson for UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, recently came out saying that striking “increases teachers’ workloads” and “wastes lesson time.” Many more adults are also against the students’ actions, claiming that students are simply finding new excuses to skip school.

This article addressed the social transformation of how we perceive ecological issues, and the changing social values of today’s young people. The author uses very informative and descriptive writing that’s rich in vocabulary, explaining and breaking down the more complex terms and reports. Whenever the authors refer to a report, they break it down into simpler terms to help the average reader understand the context and varying perspectives on the climate strikes.

As one of the largest environmental protests in history take part on March 15, 2019, the world will see and hear the voices of a generation rising up whether they stand by them or not.

The Tide is turning, and it’s changing the way you’ll receive your detergent.

Check out CBC’s story on big retailers testing reusable packaging to replace throwaway plastic in Canada.

Recently, retail giants Unilever, Nestle and Procter and Gamble have announced pilot programs with emerging company TerraCycle to replace disposable packaging with their new system aimed at cleaning and reusing premium product packaging.

CBC’s article immediately grabbed my attention after seeing that corporations are finally adapting to the urgent need to reduce their excessive disposable packaging. Although concerns still remain for the online pilot program taking place in Toronto, the initial action seems to finally show that corporations are addressing the urgent issue.

Arguments still exist on the sustainability of the practice, including the fossil fuels required to manufacture and transport these new containers.

Currently, according to Ocean Wise only 5% of global plastics are being recycled – pinpointing an urgent need for alternatives in the retail industry.

The author, Ross Marowits from the Canadian Press uses insightful writing to connect modern day issues with solutions from the past. “The system is akin to the old milkman delivery service that was ubiquitous in the 1950s and 1960s.” states Marowits, comparing TerraCycle’s new program with ideas that have previously existed. Marowits goes on to expand the perspective on what other companies are similarly doing to address our climate issue, including airlines and fast-food chains’ commitments.

Retail giants’ new commitments with TerraCycle’s program will be a new face for an old system put on a larger scale. Following other giants in the food and retail industry, companies have put forward new plans to reduce their disposable waste footprint in our environment. This is following new voices and concerns from consumers for more sustainable choices in their marketplace – including youth from across the globe on Climate Strikes standing in solidarity with Greta Thunberg.