Cultural Perceptions

During the recent simulation, I realized what it takes to get the full aspect of cultural groups or countries, and learning by their rules. In our simulation, we were split up into two different groups. Each group was assigned a set of rules about their culture that they must follow. Both groups had different ways of speaking and interacting with another. If one group found you to be disrespectful by the way you spoke to them or greeted them, then they would seem a bit rude. Also language was an issue during this activity. All around the world, many languages are spoken in each country. An example would be if you went to visit Australia, there would be a bit of a language barrier. Even though it can sound simular to English, they speak it differently. Instead of saying “friend” they would say “mate.” Another way that people from different countries may find you disrespectful is by the first impression, the greet. Greetings are usually very important in most countries, such as in different parts of Spain. Most people in Spain greet each other with a kiss or kisses on the cheek. Some people might be confused, because there is a certain amount of kisses to give. Such as one on the left then one on the right, instead of two on the left and one on the right. In other cultures, greetings take a huge affect because it does show the first impression.

Cultural perceptions are very important to realize because it shows the respect that you have for another indivisual. To me, showing a respectful first impression tells that person that you care about their culture and their learning standards.

Global Poverty

What is Poverty? Poverty is getting up every morning from a dirt- and illness-stained mattress or even waking up from the cold cement ground. Also living within a smell that never leaves. It is the smell of rotting garbage.

Poverty is taking place in almost half of the world now, with just about 4 billion people who do not have to suffer with this issue. Over 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. One billion children are suffering through poverty, 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services. About 10.6 million children died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5, so about 29,000 children per day. Around 22,000 children are dying each day, even today.

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As poverty is still around today, people are left on the sides of the roads, waving down anybody just to at least get five cents. Poverty in the US has actually gone down since 2009 which puts a better light on us, but not with other kids and families around the world.

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People are setting up organizations to help out people struggling through poverty, not just in the US, but all over the world. One organization that stood out to me was The Borgen Project. The Borgen Project helps out kids and families all over the world. It is a national campaign that cooperates with the US national leaders to build on their response to this global issue.

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The link to the website, to where you can watch videos to see more about this organization:

http://borgenproject.org/

Impact of Cars

Cars take up a part of our lives daily, and are used worldwide. Cars are used for transportation, allowing people to get from place to place. Cars have affected our lives majorly by getting us to places much faster. They are mostly favored for their uses, but there are people who are not aware of what cars produce.

Many Americans believe that cars are the number one cause of “Global Warming.” The reasoning for this is because as the gasoline fuel is being burned to allow the energy of the car to progress, pollution occurs during this process by letting out emissions from the exhaust pipe located near the rear of the car.  These emissions are why some environmentalists do not care for cars as much.

So far the changes that we have made involve agreeing on electric-powered cars, instead of gasoline-powered ones. These cars have batteries that are being charged and the car is powered by the electrical charge from the battery. This type of battery has caught on in some parts of the world, but it has not became a major process.

After this issue spread all over, it is said that 46% of people between the ages of 18-24 years old, would choose internet access over owning a car. The share of new cars purchased by those of 18-34 years old have dropped 30% in the last five years. Even though my family doesn’t take a big part in this issue, they still realize there are also many things that we can fix. An example is taking the bus, even though the bus is a type of car or vehicle, it still does give off some toxins, but a lot of people do take the bus daily and that is just as many cars that aren’t being used. Also, the subway! The subway is used in certain cities, it can cary up to 60-100 people per train. Over 4.3 billion people ride the subway everyday. Using carpools with kids such as to and from school can also help out! Keeping our environment safe and clean from toxins and other chemicals takes action and responsibility and doing what it takes to keep our world healthy, living, and being able to keep moving forward.