[I had written this blog last week, when the anti-racism movement (and anti-discrimination movement as a whole) had just begun. I am proud to see how much of the country has strongly stood up against these institutionally-rooted issues, and I will continue to do my part in any way I can. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy!]
COVID-19 Global Impacts: Healthcare & Biomedical Research - UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy
In today's class, Tristan presented the flow and individual chapter abstracts for our Health group. Professor Vesna has the recording and I also emailed her the presentation, and she said she will share it with the rest of the class. I decided to put the link to the presentation on my blog here as well for easy access. Feel free to hae a look:
After our conversation with Iman, we came to realize that we are actually quite a diverse group. While other groups are brought together by a general topic, our group is a wide variety of topics under the central theme of misinformation.
Our group has found a strong focus on the back and forth relationship between humans and society to the environment and climate change. In regards to the pandemic as well as the world that precedes and follows this global crisis, we will look at different ways that the environment has impacted us and how we can do our part to have a beneficial impact on the environment and make up for the degradation of it.
This week, I continued to work on my final paper by adding more information. I added information about Beuys' Acorns by Ackroyd and Harvey and Recycling Yantra by Raphael Perret, and how they each discuss climate change in different ways. Also, I added a conclusion and transition paragraphs in order to demonstrate fluidity throughout the paper. Lastly, I included information about how air pollution can also harm people's immune system, therefore inhibiting their ability to fight disease.
Throughout these blogs, I have not only learned so much, from the chemical dying processes of indigo, to polymers, lastly to bioplastics, but my eyes have now opened to the world just a bit more. I have a new deep appreciation for both the sciences and the art field and want to continue my learnings as an artist as well as a scientist. Also, I have made it my goal to raise awareness about the impacts of plastics on our environment and our own health.
As we talked about the plastic pollution and our book project, I reflected on the use of plastic in the makeup/skincare industry. Also, this was of interest to me because I have heard a bit of information on the contribution of skincare products to pollution in general, so this was the perfect assignment to really explore the topic.
For my final paper, I want to focus on plastics on children’s toys in stores and in fast food “happy meals”. McDonald’s Happy Meals were first introduced in 1979 and have changed drastically over the years. From greasy cheeseburgers and fries to more healthy alternatives such as chicken wraps and apple slices, happy meals have undergone a lot of change. However, the one thing that has remained consistent are the small plastic toys each one comes with.
Many environmentally friendly campaigns that use slogans such as “Protect Mother Nature” and “Heal our Mother, Earth”, fail to consider the implications of directly connecting the female gender to nature, especially when one exists in a predominantly patriarchal society.
During our last class, and unfortunately last class of the quarter, we discussed our plastic book and fleshed out the general structure and organization for it. Our conversation lead us to come up with many interesting and unique ideas on potential directions to take the book. The title we decided upon, Plastedemic, is fitting for the conversation we had and the direction we decided upon for the book to take: both comical and alarming.
According to at least $35,106,500,000 US dollars have been spent on toys globally this year (The World Counts). Toys are a huge consumer market, and have been for many years. They’re a staple in almost every household with a small child, but the problem is that most of these toys are made out of harmful plastic material that causes damage to both the environment and the consumers themselves.