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Friday, December 31, 2010

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - CJam

Blog #4
Hey dude(s), it”s me again, with another blog. Now today, I’ll be blogging about our skype chat with Jessica. First of all she & Saif don’t care about each others religions & when they have kids, they want them to decide what they want to believe. Another thing is that when she went on a tour to the pyramids in Egypt, she got ripped off & didn’t get to see interior the pyramids. Also, it seems that it’s gonna take about 5 to 6 months until Saif is able to come to America. Well that’s all I got for now so okay laters.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - CE

Jessica Interview
Jessica is Saifs wife the on the other blog I wrote. She is a Christain and lives in N.C. in the U.S.A. They are working on a Visa, a passport that can transport a foreigner to one country. She met Saif in Egypt at a Hotel. She worked as a massager and Saif worked as a waiter or something like that. They became good friends and played ping-pong at free times. Then they got married a couple months later. Even though their religons are diffrent they still love each other. Jessica is now helping Saif move to America, it’s very hard.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - AH

Skype Chat With Jessica

By A.H.

We talked to Jessica though Skype. Jessica is Saif’s wife. She was very nice just like Saif. She was fun, laid back, and she answered all of our questions. Jessica is Cristen, and her husband Saif is Muslim. They don’t really care if that one is Muslim and the other is Cristen. And they don’t care if there kids are Muslim or Cristen, which I think that’s really cool. Jessica said that she really like Islam a lot. Saif also said that he likes Islam a lot. She waiting for saif to move to the U.S so they can be together. That’s was are chat with Jessica.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - LA

The Skype with Jessica

Today’s blog was awesome! We finally got to meet Jessica, Saif’s wife and Mr. Joe’s future sister-in-law. She lives in Greensboro, North Carlina. And she is 26 yrs old. Her sister is Ashley. And her husband is Saif, who is muslim. I can definitely tell that both Jessica and Saif love each other dearly, despite the fact that one is christian and the other is muslim. But they do respect one another for who they are, what they are, how they act, and their religion. Anyway, Jessica is really cool. She answered all our questions and she likes us. They both met in a hotel in Egypt, became friends and played ping-pong, and then got married. So I hope that they can meet us in Oregon, and I wish them the best of luck at their marriage.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - MM

Skype with Jessica

By M.M.

Today, November 10, we skyped with Mr. Joe’s soon-to-be sister in law! Her name is Jessica, and she is the wife of the aforementioned (In my last blog post) Saif. But if you don’t remember Saif, he is a nice, smart, cool Muslim guy whom at the moment is living in Tunisia. Jessica has been to Egypt, Israel, Tunisia and more! She lives in Greensboro N.C. and as soon as Saif gets his visa he will be living there too!

Jessica was very nice. She told us about her experience in Egypt, her journey to the pyramids, how she met Saif, and how people treated her. Apparently, she was worried about going to Egypt and and even brought a veil just in case she needed one, but everyone was very nice to her, and she said she felt safer there then she did here sometimes! That really surprised me! I thought people wouldn’t be insanely nice, but they were actually really liked America, like Obama, and even wanted to come and visit! Its was really cool hearing about her going to all these different countries. Like when she went to Israel, she had told us that everyone had to go into the military when they turned 18, male or female, and that she had seen girls 18 years old, with machine gun, standing in uniform! It was all so cool to hear! I really learned some interesting things about those places. They even made me want to go visit Egypt, but be careful about getting some to bring you to the pyramids, she got ripped off! But she said they were cool!

I really enjoyed talking to Jessica! Though I was surprised at how much alike her, Saif, and Mr. Joe were! We decided Joe’s personality is contagious! Better watch out! Well, I’ll just say, to rap this up lazily, I REALLY hope we get to talk to both Jessica and Saif again!!!!!

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - HJ


Today we talked to Jessica on skype. She lives in Greensboro, N.C. I thought it was cool that two different religion people could get married. And not make each other changed. I couldn't believe that Egypt was totally cool with America people. I couldn't believe that her favorite food was something really close to what we eat. I couldn't believe that everybody 18 and over had to be in the army. Even a girl. I'm going now so bye.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - JS


Today we got to Skype with Saif’s wife Jessica. She talked about a lot of things having to do with Religion, Discrimination, Getting Saif over here and how they met. When she was talking about Religion, she told us about how she is going to stay Christin and he is going to stay Muslim, and if they have kids, they are going to let them decided what they want to be. When she started talking about Discrimination, she told us about how she was a little worried about Saif being teased because he is Muslim when he comes to America. Then she told us about how hard it is trying to get Saif to America. She told us about how hard it is getting a visa and about all the back round cheek’s he has to go through. Jessica told us her and Saif met in Egypt when she was a Massage Therapist at a hotel there. It was really cool meeting her and i hope we get to Skype with her again.


Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - CJ

Take with Jessica

The take with Jessica was every interesting. I learned that Saif and Jessica have the same personality. They don’t care that ones Islam and one is Christen. She said that she would move to Tunisia if Saif could not get a visa to live in America. She said she loves Tunisia. She going to school so she could be a massage therapist. She went to Egypt to work at a hotel and that’s were she and Saif met they play ping ball for awhile and become friends. She lives in Greensboro , NC. That just some of what I got out of the take with Jessica.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - SP

meeting jessica

when i first met jessica she said she was scared that people in Egypt would not like her,but when she got to Egypt she learned that people there liked Americans, and wish they could come to America themselves. i also learned that jessica was brave to go to a foregone country. jessica was very nice and if she ever came to Oregon i would like to meet her in person.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - DA

Talk with Jessica!

Today we talked with Mr.Joe’s future sister in-law.She is married to Saif.Currently they are trying to get Saif to America.Her and Saif met at a hotel in Egypt.Jessica is a massage therapist.she lives in north Carolina .

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - DK

Interviewing Jessica

Jessica was awesomer than Saif. We had a interview with Saif wife Jessica. I did not know that Jessica was going to get married to Saif. We did a skype with her. She is from Greensboro, North Carolina. Go North Carolina Tar Heels. She is a Christian and I’m a Christian too. They both are waiting for a VISA (passport) to stay for a curtain amount of time in the USA. She is trying to learn French to see Saif in Tunisia. She is a massage therapist, I have a cousin that is a massage therapist.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - RS

Talk with Jessica

Today I talked to Jessica about what happened when she

went to Egypt.She told us how she met Saif at a hotel.She

also told us about her reaction when she went to Tunisia.

We talked to her on skype.Then we talked about how hard

was it to get Siaf here.Then she told us about that she is

waiting for a visa witch is a passport.She expected

the people to be mad at her.Then she met Saif

when they worked together and became friends.

That is what i leaned.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - SM

Skype With Jessica

Today we Skyped with Mr. Joe’s future sister in law. Her name is Jessica and she is married to a Muslim named Saif. Jessica lives in Greensboro North Carolina, she is waiting for a Visa so Saif can move to America.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - ED

meeting Jessica on skype was really cool and especially because she is from north Carolina so i thought it was really cool. I thought it was cool to get both of saifs and Jessica's perspective on there religion and there life. Every day saif and Jessica are talking on skype and they have been doing that for 4 to 5 months now. They both met in a hotel in Egypt and they became friends and they played ping pong every day and then they got married. She was a girl who worked as a massage therapist and he worked as something but i cant remember so and they got married and are gonna live happily ever after.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - BB


Today we talked to Jessica on skype. Jessica is open to Saif staying Muslim. Saif is open to Jessica staying Christan. Jessica lives in Greensboro,N.C.,U.S.. They are waiting on Saif’s Visa so Saif can move here. If Jessica has kids she will let them see both religions and let them chose. She meet Saif while she was a massage therapist at a hotel in Egypt.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - TS

Jessica The American!

Today we as a class skyped with Mr.Joe’s future sister in law, Jessica. Jessica lives in Greensboro N.C. We asked Jessica a lot of questions involving her trip to Egypt and Saif her fiance that we skyped with earlier in the year. I have realized that Jessica and Saif have a lot in common. They both give off a vibe like they don't care who you are they can talk to you without judging. I was happy to know they don't mind each other having different beliefs which I think is really cool. Jessica is currently waiting for Saif to be able to move here to America, but relocating takes a lot of time and patience. Saif is also currently trying to acquire a visa to be able to live in America with Jessica. Jessica and Saif both seem like very nice people and I think they will both live fun and loving lives. Good luck to the both of them.


Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - RM

Skype with Jessica

Meeting Jessica was pretty cool. I thought it was interesting that her and Saif didn’t care that they had different religions and believed in different things. And that they were going to let their kids chose what they want, and they were just open to everything. It was cool to hear about how it would be to be an American going to a place like that, and the different things she experienced while she was there. And to hear about her struggles in Egypt, like the language barrier. And about some of the stuff she saw and did there. I think it would be really cool to get to visit a place like Tunisia or Egypt, and I liked learning about it from someone who has experienced it.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - MaMu

Skype with Jessica

Talking with Jessica was a fun experience for me. I didn't really learn any thing I didn't know. I had a billion questions to ask but I didn't get to ask them. Yes I am stalling I am sorry but I cant write any more.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - MaMi

We had another web chat but with Saif's wife Jessica. She told us about Tunisia and Egypt and Israel. She told us about the differences between our countries and theirs. There wasn’t that big of a difference except that women have a lot less freedom than in the U.S. The religions are also different but its not that there aren't Christians, they just have different types of Christians mixed in with Muslims. There isn't fights between the two, they were just both there. She also told us how she got ripped off with her horseback ride. She also told us that its probably going to take a year for Saif to get to the U.S.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - CRW

Skyping with With Jessica


I had a good time saying what I had to say even though I could only ask three questions. I had about ten questions written down. But Mr.Joe wouldn’t let me say all of them. I thought other peoples questions were better then mine in many ways. I think Becky’s was the best because she always has good questions. I liked talking to her and I think we should do it again some time. I sort of embarrassed my self by messing up and asking the wrong questions. It made me look really stupid, but I’m cool with that because she didn’t seem to care. Which I liked which also meant that I had proof that she was nice. That’s all I have to say about that.

Skyping with Jessica (a Christian) about Marrying a Muslim - KJ

Meeting Jessica

Today we met Jessica, Mr. Joe’s future sister in law and Saif’s wife. She and Saif turned out to have a lot in common. It was very interesting to find out that they could compromise between their religions. She said it would be a lot easier once Saif gets here. First he would have to get a visa. If he couldn’t get here she said she would move to Tunisia to live with Saif. It would be harder but she said she could manage. Saif would have to teach her how to speak french so she would have a common language she could speak to the Tunisians. She was talking to us from Greensboro, North Carolina through Skype. She was really funny and nice to be around, just like Saif. Personally she made an awesome first impression and I would love to meet her in real life along with Saif. Some day, maybe.

New Posts Coming

Hey all. It's been a bit for the new posts. I have two to post, pretty much wrapping up our look at Islam and its role in America today. Hope you enjoy.

Mr. Joe

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Skyping with Saif about Islam - ED

I thought that saif was really funny, nice and he answered all of the classes questions we asked him. Saif is living in Tunisia right now and he is filling out paper work to come to the u.s and be with his wife. Tunisia is in north Africa and i thought it was cool to talk to a guy in a different place from were i am and talk to him on the Internet. Right now there is no poverty in Tunisia because there in the middle class and theirs less poverty and more money. I thought that meeting saif was really cool and a good experience for me.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - CW

Saif was awesome and he thought I was awesome too. I made Saif laugh a lot and I asked a lot of good questions. Or at least I thought they were but they may not have been. I talked with Emma though so i got sent out into the hall. I thought Emma should been put out in the hall with me. She didn’t get put out in the hall and she used one of my questions. That made me angry because she also took credit for the question. But I had a good time and I learned a lot of stuff about Tunisia.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - MMah

On November 5th, 2010, our seventh and eighth grade class used Skype, to talk to Mr.Joe’s soon to be brother in law, whom at the moment lives in Tunisia. It was interesting, being able to talk face-to-screen with someone who actually lives in Africa. Though his country is middle class, is not experiencing any conflict or natural disasters, but he still understands. Saif was very nice, and we got to ask some questions about not only his country and thoughts about poverty, but about him! We learned that he has been to Egypt and Dubai. but he went back to Tunisia. He was very nice, smart, and open, and I hope that we could skype with him again, or maybe someone else! I think its a very interesting way to learn!

Skyping with Saif about Islam - BB

Saif is cool and completely awesome. Saif is a Muslim. Saif lives in Tunisia. It is a country. He was the first Muslim I got to interview. He lives in Tunis,Tunisia. Tunisia doesn’t have poverty. Tunis is the capital of Tunisia. Saif is a Sunni. We used Skype (video chat) to interview him. He went to Dubai for a job. Then he went back to Tunis,Tunisia to live there.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - TS

Meeting with Saif

I expected Saif to be kind of a uptight serious person. He was definitely one of the coolest people I have ever met. Saif is currently living in Tunis Tunisia and has lived there all his life. We skyped for almost two hours and I have actually learned a lot from him. His country or at least the capital has really no poverty its overall middle class. He is Muslim and a part of the Sunni group. From what I know he has not been to Mecca yet.

He plans on going to Mecca when he is a old man. I hope we can do something like this again. It was very cool experience.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - LA

The Skype with Saif

Saif was completely awesome!! I was so excited to meet a muslim for the very first time!! And surprisingly, he was able to answer all of our questions. It turns out that Tunisia doesn’t have any poverty at all. Tunisia never experienced any natural disasters. Also that Tunisia is extremely similar to our country. And it turns out that their country is all middle class. Saif lives in Tunis, Tunisia. Now Tunisia is a country that is located in Africa. Oh and did I mention that he’s Mr. Joe’s future brother-in-law? Anyway, I hope to see him physically or personally soon.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - RS


This is going to to be a talk about what i learned about Saif.

First I learned that they are having no war.Then I learned that we are

8 hours away in time.we then learned that he is not worried about people

making fun of him.there country is called Tunisia.they are all middle class.

Siaf lives in the capital of Tunisia.He has bin to Egypt and Dubai.Tunisia is

in Africa just in case you don't know.That is part of what I learned.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - JS


We Skyped with a guy named Saif from Tunisia. Saif is Muslim, and he is Shuni. We asked him question about where he lives and what he dose. my question for Saif was “What kinda of music do you listen to and what kind of movies do you watch?” He said he likes Tunisian music and likes the show Dexter. He told us that there is really no poverty there so that’s cool, and that he and his wife are getting relocated to America. He told us that in his free time he likes to swim and hang out with his friends. It was really awesome talking with Saif and i really hope we get to talk to him again soon.


Skyping with Saif about Islam - AH

A few days ago we had a guest speaker, his name was Saif. He was really cool, and laded back, plus he has a lot of back round knowledge on Tunisia. He told us a little about him self, like his name, were he lives, he told us that he’s trying to move to America. We asked him some questions like if he lives in poverty or not, or what type of god dose he believe in, and more. He was really cool to talk to. Plus he answered all of are questions. He also knows also about Tunisia. And he is very nice and not streaked, but he still gives you all of the information you wonted to know. So in all I like talking to him and I would like to talk to him some more.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - DA

Saif seemed like a really nice guy. He is trying to relocate to America right now.We can not wait to see him.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - KJ

Last Friday we got to Skype with Mr. Joe’s future brother in-law. His name is Saif, he is a middle aged man and lives in Tunis, Tunisia. He is a Muslim and believes in Sunni. He told us that 99% of Tunisians are Sunni. Sunni is believing in Mohammad’s rules, Shia is believing in Ala’s (Mohammad’s successor) rules. He lives in a middle-class city. He grew up in a healthy environment. He has lived in Egypt and Dubai. He used to work for an airline working as a cabin assistant. He listens to Arabian music along with some music we are familiar with. We have a lot more in common than I thought. He said that there is no poverty where he is living. I thought he was living in the places like Haiti. It turns out he is living peacefully. There is no war or conflict currently in Tunisia, it all ended in 1956. He has not yet traveled to mecca. I was very interested with our meeting. It had turned out it was more than I had expected.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - SP

meeting saif

meeting saif was interesting.i learned that he was very nice.he taught use many things,like what he does for fun.and i learned that he was Sunni and not Shia.he also said that almost all the food he eats is spicy ,and also he includes bread with every meal. it was very exciting, and i cant wait to meat Saif again.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - HJ

Just the other day we talk to someone in Tunisia about his country, his religion and about where lives. We learned that he believe in Sunni. That he`s is a Muslim. That he trying to relocate to American. We talk to him on skyp. We learned that it get`s up to 120 degrees. That it dose not have a lower middle and a upper class. It only haves a middle class because it dose not really have a poverty line. He lives in the capitol. The capitol over million people living there. Before he lived in Tunisia, he lived in Dudai. He worked for an airline.He is thinking about going to mecca when he`s older. There is no war or conflict but there was a war in 1956. It was very interesting to meet him. He`s so cool, he tyred to answers every question the best he could. He plays a Little bit of drums. That's what i thought it was like to talk to saif.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - AF

Blog about saif

Two days ago we had a guest speaker.he lives in Tunisia.he a great guy,he’s a nice guy to.we used skype with a projector.he’s a middle class man,the french went over to Tunisia.saif has poverty in his part of town.we all ask Q of our own.he is filling out papers to go to America.that's the day we meet saif.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - CJ


Our class talked with a Muslim and his name is Saif. He is Sunni. He lives in Tunisia and there is no poverty line there . In Tunisia there schooling is free all the way out of college . For a while he was a air line Steward He is relocating to America so we Skype with him. He was every interesting he made joke with every thing. He said there never was a natural disasters. We asked him if he has ever been to Mecca and he said no . There is a five pillar if you are Arabic and he said he hardly does it. He said if you are a christen do you pray five times a day . That was are take with Saif

Skyping with Saif about Islam - CE

Our class had talk with Saif from our class skyped to contact saif from a huge distance. From America to Tunisa our class talked on and on with questions. He is Sunni a type of Muslim religion. Shia, the other type of Muslim religon is not in his town cause of where his country is. Amazingly Saif has no poverty inn his town. It’s all middle class citizen. He hasn’t gone to Meca yet, which is a spiritual place in Saudi Arabia you have to travel to, it’s called the pilgrimage. He’s a cool guy, I thought all Muslims were evil some are and some aren’t.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - MMu


We met a guy named Saif. He lived in Tunisia. Saif taught us about his country and religion. I learned that the french have taken over Tunisia. My favorite part is that there really isn't that much poverty over there. I learned that there isn't much shia over but there there is a lot of sunni.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - MMi

My class had a web chat with a man in Tunisia named Saif. Saif is my teachers future brother in law. He is currently trying to relocate to the U.S. We got to ask him questions about his country and religion. I noticed that when we started, his expectations were that we didn’t know about Africa. He actually started trying to explain that it’s a continent. It was different and I got to learn a lot about his country. He also told us that there is no poverty in his country and that he listens to some of the music we listen to. He also watches some of the shows we watch. He is a Muslim and has never been to the city of Mecca. He told us about the food in his country. We got to see one of their fancy windows that was behind him in the background.

Skyping with Saif about Islam - RM

Meeting with Saif

I think that talking with Saif was pretty cool, because we got to talk to someone that lives in a different country under different living conditions and everything than us. And i thought his accent was pretty cool! It was cool to get to hear about the religions in Tunisia.And a little bit about being a Muslim and their beliefs. And learning about their foods was pretty cool too. I liked learning about the weather and landscape and stuff in Tunisia. And it was just cool to hear about life in a different country than we’re used to. And i learned that life in Tunisia isn’t as different from life in America as i thought.

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Word From Mr. Joe

Hey there Internets world and parents and others! Below are some recent blogs from the class at City View Charter. Parents, find your child by their initials and see what they are getting out of our fieldwork.

We visited the Real.Life.Exhibit in Tigard, OR. This was put on by Medical Teams International. It was meant to simulate scenes of disaster, and to stimulate empathy and thought through provocative scenes and art work. Our students blogged about what they got from it.

We also visited Mercy Corps in downtown Portland, OR. We did a training on Food Security, what it is, and how it relates to Afghanistan. The kids chimed in with their thoughts on this issue too under "Food Security". In addition, some of the students included the visit from Dr. Diane Stadler. She taught us about nutrition and malnourishment. She came in from OHSU and really got the kids thinking.

Our next blog will be about our live skype session with my future brother-in-law Saif, who did a Q&A with the kids about the Middle East, Islam, and Muslim Culture. Did I mention he spoke to us from Tunisia?!

We will keep you posted throughout the year.

Food Security Blog - H.J.

Mercy Corps/ Nutrition Today i`m going to talk about food security and nutrition. Dr Diane Stadler came and told us about nutrition. She told us about how she and other people go and tell other people about nutrition and what foods are good for you. She gos every year in March with Medical Teams International. They take kitchens in a box's to other country`s. They teach the people how much fruits and vegges you need at every meal. They also take dental carry. Like tooth brash and tooth paste. Now let`s move on to food security. There four ways to food security, food availability, food access, food utilization and risk management.Food availability is when people have access to food. Food access is when people have access to clean food. Food utilization is when people have a plane for food.
Risk management is when you have a plan for when a stome hites or something goes bad. Okay now im done. I think i got some of the facts wrong.Bye

Food Security Blog - E.D.

At Mercy corps we have been learning about blogging. This is what I'm doing right now. We learned that people all over the world blog. Blogging is a good way to communicate your opinions on public issues. We learned that blogs don't have to be very long, but they still get the point across. I think blogging is a good way to express your thoughts.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - R.M.

The real life exhibit was cool, because they showed you how stuff was in real life. The showed you everything from where they live, the foods they eat, and about there jobs. They also showed you what it looks like when disaster strikes in those areas. How there is garbage everywhere and no really has anything and there is nothing anyone can do about it. We even got to see what the tsunami looked like. And we got to see their houses and there churches. And what it looks like when there sick or hurt. I liked how it was like getting a small gilmps of how it is to like in poverty and the things they have to deal with.

Food Security Blog - A.H.


By Aaron .H

I want to Mercy Corps the other day. We learned about food security. there are fore stages to food security such as, food availability, food access, food utilization, and risk management. Food availability is how much food you have, or produce. Food access is how much access you have to the food you make, grow, or produce. Food utilization is sanitation. storage, nutrition, heath of mothers and babies, such as are people getting the nutrition they need? Last you have risk management, for example if something were to happen would you be prepared like if you lost all you’re money, or if there’s a war, would you be prepared. All of these things are part of food security.

I learned about food security as you now know and i learned some very interesting facts such as there is enough food to feed every one in the world its just that we don’t. these are just a few facts that i learned during my visit to Mercy Corp.

Food Security Blog - T.S.

Blog 2
The people at Mercy Corps was talking to us about how Afghanistan is trying to repair its way of life. There methods of cooking and cleaning is by using fire. Right now they are planting trees in there community. There food security isn't all that great at this moment in time. People around them keep stealing there food and they have not access to it.
Dr. Diane Stadler talked to us yesterday about malnutrition and the living conditions in other countries such as Chad. Chad has a life expectancy of 35 to 40 years of age that's half of Americans it is quite upsetting I'm glad that Mercy Corp and Dr Diane Stadler are trying the best they can to help.

Food Security Blog - L.A.

Food Security and Malnutrition

Yesterday, a guest speaker came and told us about malnutrition. She showed us many pictures about families and what they eat weekly. Surprisingly, most of the families in the pics were big and yet they eat small amounts of food daily, but their food is well balanced. And they don’t spend much on weekly food. As for Americans, we eat tons of food each week. Since we eat a lot of food weekly, we usually spend more than $100 each week. Not to mention that our food isn’t well balanced because we eat more fattening foods than healthy. This is why there are tons of obese and overweight people. And we also passed around food that was used like sugar cane, rape (a type of green-leaf vegetable), and a vegetable that looks like a potato. But America, we need to eat more healthy.

At Mercy Corps, we learned about food security, which is where everyone can have food at all times. But before we have food security, we need to have food availability, food access, food utilization, and risk management. Food availability, is where food is present. Food access is where we can get food through money. Food utilization is where the food is healthy and clean. And risk management is where you have a plan and are ready for anything. Not everybody has food security, so lets try and change that.

Food Security Blog - J.S.

This week our class went to MercyCourps and we learned about Food Security. Food Security is having enough food, Food availability is being able to GET the food, Food Utilization is the food being eatable, and Risk Management is how much nutrition is in the food. Also Dr. Diane Stadler came to visit our class and she taught us about Nutrition. She taught us about how much food we have compared to people in, lets say, Ecuador. That's what we learned about this week. She also told us she works at OHSU and that she volunteer's at Medical Teams International. Thats what we Learned this week.


Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - J.S.

Real. Life.

Did you know, every 3.6 seconds a child dies from a preventable disease? How would you feel if your neighborhood was distorted by a natural disaster? It would suck wouldn’t it? I think it would. Did you know that little kids as young as a year are kidnapped and tide to a bed or crib, and only given attention when given food? Then there put on the front line in battle at the ages of 7-14, and if they try to run they’ll be shot by there own team?

How about that 13% of the kids kidnapped are girls and that they are given to the commanders as sex slaves or sometimes even wives? This happens all over the world and i bet you only, at the most, knew about two of theses. honestly, thats kind of sad.


Food Security Blog - S.P.

hi i am going to tell you about other country's food supplies in one weak.there amount of food they eat in one weak is very small compared to American supplies of food.we eat unhealthily food while they eat vegetables and little amounts of meat.the food they eat is healthyer then our food.we eat caned food wile they eat fresh foods.all this information i am telling you was tout to me by Dr.Diane stabler. so that is is what people eat around the world.

Food Security Blog - C.J.

Do you think you have a hard life will you don’t. kids in Honduras don’t get the good things they need like vitamins a and d defences. Zinc defences. You think they could just go to the store. Will there store is six hour’s away some times up hill and down hill did I say its six hours away that is 12 hours of walking. Dr Diane Stadler goes to Honduras in March for three or two weeks. The cool part about this is she works with Medical time international. She goes over there and teaches cooking and healthy eating.

Food Security Blog - B.B.

Dr. Diane Stadler

Dr. Diane Standler talked about malnutrition. Malnutrition can lead to marasnus (which means you aren’t getting the correct diet (you need food)) and kwashiorkor (you need protein). A Chinese family likes anything, everything, fish, and veggies. They drink soda, beer, juice. They only use $59.23 a week. They have a balanced diet. The doctor helps Medical Teams International every year.

Food Security Blog - A.F.

At mercy corps we learned about food security there is 4 parts to it.1there is food availability.2 there is food access.3 there is food utilization.4 there is food security.food availability is where you have it ready.food access is you have it for a disaster.food utilization is you use it wisely.food security is where sell it good and wisely.

Food Security Blog - C.E.

Mercy Corps is better than the last time we were there cause of the bloging. It’s very boring. The second time we went to Mercy Corps they talked about more interesting things and activities. There was a lot more cool facts then there was last time we were there last time. I know were going to have a good year going to Mercy Corps. I’m glad they help people in rough times in sickness and health. I didn’t think anybody in a tough spot had no hope at all. I’m glad mercy corps exists, if they didn’t exists lots of people would be dead. Good job Mercy Corps and thankyou.

Food Security Blog - K.J.

We went to Mercy Corps to learn about food security. Food security is when u have access to the food, by roads, in your home, pick, etc. When you have food to get/ pick. Also when you are prepared for sickness, injuries. crop failure, having to move away. Lots of people in poverty have food insecurity. At Mercy Corps we played two games. A Jeopardy like game and a giant bored game. They both had to do with food security.

Dr. Diane Stadler came to our class to talk to us about malnutrition. There are lots of countries with kids and adults experiencing malnutrition. There are two different diseases in children caused by malnutrition. Marasmus and Kwashiokor. Marasmus means they are just really skinny and don’t have enough nutrition and food. Kwashiokor means the child might have enough calories but they don’t have enough nutrients. Their body oils seep out and cause their skin to become bloated and shiny. All over the world there are different eating habits and life expectancies. Some eating habits are better than the U.S. and some are worse. Some eat more healthily and some about the same. Life expectancies vary. Some are as little as 35 and others are pretty good. 75 - 80

Food Security Blog - D.A.

Food Security

It was interesting to see all the family's and all the food they eat in one week.They had the obesity rate of that country .The thing that I noticed is that America was not the leader in obesity their was one country in central America that had had a little bit more than America.But in Africa their was a country that had 0.3 obesity rate.We need to stop processing thing if we where to stop it would make a big difference.

Food Security Blog - M.Mi.

We went to Mercy Core and they taught us about the four tenets of food security. Food Availability, that there is food in the community. Food Access, When you can access the food in the community. Food Utilization, the proper storage and cooking of food to get the most nutrition out of it. Risk Management, when you are prepared for a natural/economic/political/religious/hobolistic/ecological disaster. Then we played a “game cindove like jeopardy game.” It was nothing at all like jeopardy. We also had a guest speaker who showed us pictures. The pictures showed different families from different countries. They each had out all of the food they would eat in a week. It showed that we have to much packaging. Then she showed pictures of when she went to other countries and helped them. She gave them utensils and tooth brushes and ideas and health care supplies and flashes when she took pictures. Then she showed us food that they eat and deficiencies of nutrition. They were creepy.

Food Security Blog - R.E.

Food security is exactly what it sounds like. There are four tenants of Food Security are Food Availability, Food Access, Food Utilization and Risk management. Food Availability means there is food available to buy somewhere. Food Access means that people in the community have enough money and there are roads or paths to reach the food. Food Utilization is knowing how to prepare your food and how to store it. Lastly, Risk Management is being prepared for any kind of disaster, for example a war or an earthquake. It means being able to recover after something terrible. Food sustainability is harder to achieve than most people probably think.

Food Security Blog - D.K.


Afghanistan is does not have food available and access to them because of War. It was terrible to see all of the sickness and diseases too. I loved the field trip and the guest speaker too. Some enemies attack there crop and don’t have enough food to eat. Some places in the world do not have enough energy to go through the day. Also people don’t have enough nutrition in their body.

Food Security Blog - R.M.

At mercy corps we learned about the 4 parts of food security. Which are food availability, food access, food utilization, and risk management. We learned that to have good food security you have to have all 4 parts of it. For your food to be good it also has to have good nutrition and good storage. And you have to cook it well so you don’t cook out all the nutrients. And for good food security the food has to be available and you have to be able to access it. If you have all the parts then you are food secure!

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - L.A.

REAL. LIFE. EXHIBIT. Medical Teams International

Yesterday, my class and I went to a field work called REAL. LIFE. EXHIBIT. Medical Teams International. There, we were able to see some personal experiences on walls. Two of the walls had a light bulb that blinked every 3.6 seconds because a child dies from preventable causes. Disaster Alerts was about places that had disasters and and their dates of when the disaster happened. And it turns out that Small Pox was a disaster back in the twentieth century. It killed 300 to 500 million people. For alert times, it was the first day and first month that were critical for responding to disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes. When a disaster struck Pakistan, it killed 1,800 people, 20.5 million people were affected, and 1.8 million homes were destroyed. When Disaster Hits Home was about two hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) that were the strongest ever recorded in the Gulf Coast. They both destroyed hundreds of coastal communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, and Texas. They left 9.7 million people affected, 1 million people were left homeless, 1,300 to 1,600 people died, and $200 billion needed for recovery.

Children of Tsunami was about kids that have escaped a tsunami. The fake wave that I saw was 25 feet high. In Sri Lanka, the wave was 30 feet high and in Indonesia, the wave was 75-90 feet high. In 12/26/04, a 9.0 earthquake caused a massive tsunami. It took just 7 hrs for 230,000 people to die and 1.8 million people to be left homeless in 12 countries. For the Uganda exhibit, 11 million kids die under the age of 5. More than 30,000 kids become sex objects and more than 30% of the abducted kids are girls. And a 7.0 earthquake killed 225,000 people and injured 300,000 more. In the Haiti exhibit, I saw many pics of homeless people, and how they became homeless. I learned from the AIDS exhibit that aids took more than 30 million people and that 2,000 infants are infected with HIV each day. From poverty, half of the kids never reach their 5th birthday. In Oaxaca, more than 1,100 volunteers have served kids in 1991. Kids scream in pain with little medicine. In a recent year, $62 billion was spent on soda for Americans, which is $204 per person. So the next time you try use money to buy some soda, ignore the soda and use the money to save a life. I learned a lot from this place and I hope to come back again in the future.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - C.Jam.

Oh...Hi, & welcome to my blog. Today I'll be blogging about my trip to Medical Teams International's real life exhibit. For starters, here are some facts about the worst flooding in Pakistan’s history; about 1,800 people were killed, 20.5,000,000 people were affected, & 1.8,000,000 homes were destroyed. Usually after a natural disaster, after officials searched the damaged houses, like in New Orleans, they painted an X on the houses. well that’s all I got for now so uh...bye.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - D.K.

REAL. LIFE. Exhibit

Every 3.6 a child dies from a preventable illness. One in Four people in the world have no access to medical care. More than half of the world lives on less than $2 day. Floods- The worst flooding in Pakistan’s history has devastated the Khyber Pakhtankhwa Province, leaving 1800 dead, 1.8 million houses destroyed, and affecting 20.5 million people. Unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation kill 4000 children every day.

On December 26, 2004, a 9.0 earthquake caused a massive tsunami. In just 7hours 230000 people were killed and 1.8 million people were left homeless in 12 countries. On January 12, 2010, less than a minute, life for many people in Haiti collapsed. A 7.0 earthquake killed 225000 people and injured 300000. Every day 2000 infants are infected with HIV.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - E.D.

did you know that every 3.6 seconds a child dies from preventable causes each day? Each day children die of deceases and preventable causes. Over one million people die of natural disasters like floods,hurricanes,tornadoes and droughts. People from all over the world die from natural disasters and poverty witch is prevented by natural disasters. Poverty means to be poor and indigenous and i think that the word poor shouldn't exist to me because it is a horrible thing to me and others who cares.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - S.M.

Real Life Exhibit

Medical Teams International set up exhibits about disasters that happened, and how they affect people. There are exhibits about, a disaster in Pakistan, When disaster hits home, and more. there are many interesting facts, sad facts, hopeful facts.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - C.E.

Medical Teams International This group helps people in need of care. They give, act, volunteer, and pray. People all around the world are suffering from illness, natural disasters, and all kinds of bad things that cause poverty. Did you know that every 3.6 seconds a kid dies from a preventable illness. In Pakistan there was a cyclone that tore the country apart. Then after a while, the country was then infected with small pox. There are many problems around the world that involve poverty and natural disaster. Some people can’t help cause they’re on the edge. It’s hard.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - B.B.

Real.Life. Exhibit Medical Teams International
We make 50% of trash in the world. We need to help others. A Tidal wave killed hundreds. A child is killed by treatable diseases every 3.6 seconds. Poor sanitation kills 4,000 people a day. Diarrhea kills 2mil. kids a year.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - H.J.

Real. Life.Exhibit blog
You think your life is all perfect? when your at home watching TV, kids are dieing every 3.6 second. Kids in Mexico don't make it to there 5 birthday. It`s so sad that they don` t get to see the world. All they see is the pain in there mother eyes. All there life there is pain. They feel the cold of the winter, the heat of the summers days and the rain coming down on there dirty faces. Feeling the pain from no clean food and water. But knowing someone cares. In Katrina and Rita 9.7 million people affected,1 million people left homeless,1,300 to 1,600 people died and 200 billion needed for recovery. I`ll like to tell you more but i have to go. So think about how many people and kids are dieing around you. Think about how many are homeless.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - C.J.

Real . life

Did you know that every 3.6 seconds a kid dies from preventable disease ? How would you fell if your mom or dad drooped you of at a orphanages ? Every day kids are drooped of at orphanages in Romania. Kids are tide to cribs and left there ignored tell meal time. Kids fall into open flames and burn. They are tied to windows screens . Kids are taken to hospital and some don't even leave. Kids share beds with three other kids or more. They cry for loving hands but don't get it. The woman are supposed to have at least five kids and they are under 18 years old . So think if your parent just left you to die in a orphanages how would you fell. If you were taken a way at a very Young age to be taken for sex slaves or military and kill your family your friends. Or how about you live in Mexico garbage and some don't even see your five year old birth day. So just think about it.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - A.F.


we went to the real life exhibit.every 3.6 seconds a child dies from a preventable illness.unsafe drinking water killed 4.000 children. everyday unsafe toilets kills 2 million kids each year.1 million people live in makeshift tents.1 half of the wolds hospital beds are filled with suffering people waterborne.more than 300,000 million children soldiers were used as soldiers.2 million children soldiers have died.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - K.J.


We went to Real.Life.Exhibit. It is put on by Medical Teams International. It shows people what it’s like to experience a natural disaster. They have different scenes and all different pictures and movies. They also had a lot of facts. Every 3.6 seconds a child dies from a preventable illness. 1 in 4 people in the world don’t have access to medical care. More than half the world lives on less than two dollars a day. These facts plus more were all around the exhibit. They show all kinds of natural disasters. Floods, tsunami, fire, earthquake, etc. A wave in Sri Lanki was 30 feet high and a wave in Indonesia was 75 to 90 feet high. On January 12, 2010, an 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti and in less than a minute life for many Haitians collapsed. It killed 225,000 people and injured 300,000 people. Over 1 million people live in tent camps. More than 300,000 children were used as soldiers, in the past ten years 2 million child soldiers have died. Half the worlds hospital beds are filled with people suffering from waterborne diseases. These and many facts were shown there at Real.Life.Exhibit. It was pretty sad to see how lots of the world lives. We don’t know what it’s like but Real.Life.Exhibit can help us understand a little more.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - R.S.

I learned that Americans make 50 percent of garbage.I also learned
tidal waves can go 90 feet high.I feel bad that a child dies every 3.6
seconds.When kids gets burned they are put on make shift beds made
of window screens.More then 30000 kids get kidnapped a year and
become slaves.11 million kids die before the age of 5.Americans
spend 18 million dollars on coffee.There was a wave of sulfur
25 feet high.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - D.A.

The first thing I learned was that a child dies every 3.6 seconds.It sounds bad but it inspires you to do something about it.I learned that in chili there was a tidal wave that was 25 feet but the air was so polluted that it burnt the skins of people because of sulfur.Children get kidnapped from their homes and are put in camps for war they leave the camp from ages 7-14.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - R.E.

Every 3.6 seconds, a child dies from a preventable illness. This was one of the first things I learned at the Real.Life.Exhibit. I also got to learn about natural disaster, man made disaster, epidemic disaster, and what Medical Teams International does to help places like Haiti, Afghanistan, Indonesia, and many more. I learned that when disaster strikes, like a tsunami or an earthquake or a breakout of disease, Medical Teams International goes in and helps, whether that means rebuilding houses, shipping in medicines, or trauma counselling. There were a few things in particular that I learned about in the Exhibit that really got to me. One of them was learning about how the LRA takes children and forces them to be soldiers or slaves. These kids were in the age range of 7-13... and they were forced to kill their friends and families. I could never imagine what kind of pain that must be. Another section of the exhibit taught about children “hospitals” with outdated methods of medicine. Small children were tied to beds and left crying in pain, with little medicine to relieve them. Many of them were covered in burns from cooking fires. The last exhibit that really got to me was the one about the tsunami in Indonesia. They had a 25 foot high wall and told about how the waves in Indonesia were over three times high (90 feet tall)! I could never really imagine how tall a tsunami would be until I saw that wall, and I thought how scary it would be to see such a huge wave coming to crush everything. But thankfully, in the end we learned how we can help all these situations, and that there is hope, and that anyone can make a difference.

Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - T.S.

I went to Medical Teams International to go to Real.Life exhibit and it really opened my eyes. I had an idea of poverty and what was happening in the world but now i have really seen what is happening and its not a pretty sight, but i very much recommend going and seeing the exhibit. Every 3.6 seconds a child dies from a preventable illness. A man named Matthew Bouthillier was a 36 year E.R Nurse who was working in Haiti part of the Medical Teams International died of cardiac arrest. Bouthillier was warned of the risks but deiced helping was worth it. People like him are trying to make the world a better place i would hope you would try too.


Medical Teams International - Real.Life.Exhibit - M.Mi.

Every 3.16 seconds a child dies from a preventable disease. I learned that at Medical Teams Internationals Real. Life. Exhibit. The exhibits there really make me think. They shed light on the truth about myths such as ‘when a natural disaster occurs, the victims are not able to think about what to do to save themselves’ when a disaster actually occurs, the victims not only know how to save themselves, they help others. They also showed me what its like in other countries. They showed me what its like to be in a city actually made of trash. They showed me how poor their health care is over there. They showed me what it looks like to be in a tsunami. They showed me the problems people around the world are facing. They told us what we can do to help.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Year's First Field Work

Parents and Community! We have tentatively planned fieldwork for Sept. 20th at Mercy Corps in downtown Portland. We will be receiving an overview on what they do and how they do it. We will also be receiving a training in blogging and how it is used to affect social change.

We will leave the school around 9:15 am and arrive by 10:00. Our workshop will be over at 12:00. We will then have lunch along the waterfront and head back to City View around 1:00.

Spread the word and get involved.

- Mr. Joe

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fall 2010 is Here!

The 7/8 Crew at City View is getting ready for another year of Expeditionary Learning. I, for one, am excited to get back to school and to begin a new year of challenging students to think outside the box. Once we get started, we will surely be posting blogs here about our summers and our goals for the year.

Parents and Community:

I encourage you to follow the blog and to read your student's posts on here. They will always be listed by title along with the initials of your child. It's a really cool way to see what they are up to. It's also informal, so they will be sharing thoughts and observations written in their own words. I rarely, if ever, edit their writing. My hope is that as the year goes along the writing in their posts will improve. Then again, it seems like even many adults have all sorts of typos when they blog. Regardless, check it out and give them feedback. It should serve as an interesting point of discussion at the dinner table or when you're sitting around spending time together.

Here's to an exciting school year!

Mr. Joe

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mercy Corps Visit - SC

today at school we were having a field trip to mercy corp, a non-governmental organization-NGO. We took the TriMet Max down to the building of mercy corp where we started our field trip. At mercy corp we learned about what they do and their reasons behind it. We got to see some of their really cool equipment, and we also watched a couple of videos. I learned that they help those in poverty, moderate poverty, and extreme poverty. We watched videos on the people they help, the life's of those people, and the opinions of those people. Then we split up into groups of 4 and did a fun little activity. we did a small worksheet type of thing and then they gave us a small tour around the building. I had a lot of fun on the field trip and so did everyone else. When they were done we had lunch and left. I hope we can go back some day.

Mercy Corps Visit - KJ

My class went to a place called Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is a nonprofit orgonization who helps other countries. They travel around the world helping people in poverty. One of the special things about Mercy Corps is that they are a nonprofit and are not part of the government. they don't get money from taxes so they need to find other ways of getting money to travel, get food and get clothes.

At first when we got there, we went into a hut like room and talked about what they do and about poverty. One thing we learned is that, not all people in poverty are sad, some of them are happy. They don't need computers or televisions to be happy. They have games they play and other things to do.

Another thing we learned is the five causes of poverty. They are natural dissasters, economy crisis, climate changes, war/conflict and another cause but i can't remember it. some of them can cause a chain reaction. for example if the climate changes there could be a natural disaster and when the disaster hits you could have an economy crisis.

I learned a lot of stuff today and we can do things to help the poor.

Mercy Corps Visit - JS

Mercy Core

Today our class went to Mercy Core, it was fun. We learned about Poverty around the world, specifically Afghanistan, and what Mercy Core does to help. While we were there we watched a movie called “What Are The Basic Needs.” It showed us what basic needs a person would need to survive, I thought it was epical. We talked about the cycle of poverty and the 5 reasons people become poor, a lot of times it had to do with war. We also learned about girls in Afghanistan not being able to go to school past 6th grade. I felt sad for them because the reason they had to stay home was so that they could take care of the home and to help take care of the family. We also heard people from Afghanistan talk about their life. I learned a lot and it was a lot of fun. There was also a giant screen with a Google earth map on it and it labeled all the places Mercy Core works and the major problems there are there. I want to go back there sometime on my own to learn about what Mercy Corp is about and I can get involved.

Mercy Corps Visit - MM

Mercy Corps Blog.

Today we went to a Mercy Corps sight in Oregon. They are a world wide group that helps stop poverty. In case you don't know, poverty is when a big group of people don't have their basic needs, which are: food, water, shelter, government and education. They are curently focused on helping in Afghanistan and Niger. We only talked about Afghanistan. They showed us a couple of videos showing what extreme poverty in Afghanistan. Then they had us pretend that we were Afghan leaders trying to find a way to provide decent reachable education. Our group had two options. Option 1, home school. Option 2, build a new, internet ready school, with a playground that will take two years to build. We picked to build a school because it has internet so the knowledge is not based on the knowledge of the teacher. Then each group shared their chose, we watched another video and went back to school.

Mercy Corps Visit - JM

Mercy Corp

The day after we went to join, also known as Tuesday, we went to a place called mercy corp. Mercy corp is a place where people help other countries in bad situations. They have done projects in 38 different countries. Their current project is in Afghanistan. The war has caused a lot of problems there. They also have problems with education. Females mostly have problems with education. They only get to 6th grade before they have to stop. That is because They do not have any teachers that know anything past 6th grade. Another problem with schools is that They also get destroyed a lot, so they could not go. If they have no school and people at their home do not know much or did not go to school, so they can not learn. Mercy corp helps a lot with the problems in Afghanistan and other countries like that, but they only have 1 small part of a building that helps America.

Mercy Corps Visit - TY

Merci Corps
By Tate Yu
One day after Join we are now going to Mercy Corps. Many of our parents are going with us including my Mom. We are short cars so one of us are in a trunk and another is ducking down between two seats. We are going to get to Portland by the Max station so that we may have a new experience. It takes a while but, we eventually get there. They have us first go in to a room with a lot of smiling children. It also has a big projector and the chairs are hollow so that we may put our bags in. Our guides name is Kendra. We watch part of a video explaining the cruel conditions with statistics that I don't quite agree with. They said that 90% of the world our in poverty. I don't think all of China is in poverty. She was suppose to teach us why the world is in poverty and what we can do to prevent it. She twisted many words though. Also many students looked over to me when she said "Global Warming" as they were expecting me to go vigilante.

Mercy Corps Visit - MD

MD’s reflection on her visit to Mercy Corps

It was very eye opening. I’m honestly not surprised that Oregon is the third hungriest state. Our visit to JOIN prepared us for what we’d learn in some way. The action center was fun, it was filled with pictures of people they’ve helped. And our guide Kendra did an awesome job explaining what Mercy Corps did and how they helped everyone. I saw how some women weren’t allowed to go to school in Afghanistan. We were broken off into groups to be “village elders” and make choices for the schools. After about 10 minutes we went up to the front of the room and presented our choices. Maybe after women start learning everyone will be considered this thing called “equal”. Change is very possible. It’ll will just take some time. But it can happen, maybe in a few years!

Mercy Corps Visit - LA

I had a lot of fun at Mercy Corps. I learned several things about them and what they do. And I love Mercy Corps because they other countries that are in need. And I learned something shocking. That Oregon is the 3rd hungriest state! I did not realize that Afghanistan has been at war for 30 yrs! That's a long time to be at war. Although, I was able to spin the earth on the google map, which was a lot of fun. I wish I could do that again. Also, we were split up in groups of 4 or 5 people, talk about problems and how to solve them, and we had to stand up in front of the class to share what we came up with, and answer questions. Sadly, we didn't go to a park to eat because it was raining and wet. On the way home, I saw some disappointing sights on the max from our class. Luckily, we didn't get into trouble. Anyway, I had lots of fun and I hope to go to Mercy Corps again.

Mercy Corps Visit - AR

At Mercycorp, we learned about the countrys filled with poverty, and the fact that Mercycorp helps about thirty eight diffrent countrys in the world. we all had workshops in groups of about four or five, each one having a diffrent problem to deal with. My group was faced with the challenge of a school being too far away from the poor children that need to go to it. We had two options, one: organize home schooling, or option two: build a school, obviously we chose to build a school that was closer to the children, option two was completly superior in almost every way! More choises between learning from book or computer, it has a playground for a fun break, and it is all solar powered! Overall, it was an educational and enjoyable trip, so I am glad that we went on it.

Mercy Corps Visit - SM

Today was really fun. I got to ride on the max for the first time that I can remember, and I got to do that twice! Mercy Corps was really cool, too.
First we talked about the five basic needs that all people should have (food, water, shelter, education, and health care) and the five main contributors to extreme poverty (natural disasters, climate change, economic crises, disease, and something else I cannot remember).
We then looked at a huge touchscreen version of Google Maps to find out where Afghanistan (over near India).
We also watched a few videos about Afghanistan. We saw one about schooling there, and we saw several videos of Afghan people telling us about their experiences there.
The next, last, and most fun part was when we split up into groups and pretended to be the elders and decide between two offers from Mercy Corps (I'm guessing) to improve the schooling there. This doesn't really have anything to do with it, but I say a horse outside on the sidewalk while one group was presenting their choice. :)
We then had lunch and rode back. The trip was really fun, and I hope we can do something like that again soon.


Mercy Corps Visit - DK

MercyCorp is about helping countries and needed food, education, shelter, and water. Also countries was in trouble, and MercyCorp helped them. Also MercyCorp helped 38 countries. We were the 3rd hungries state in the USA. One of them was Haiti and it needed help badly because of a 7.0 earthquake. It needed food, shelter, doctors, and lots of other things. MercyCorp is a good company to have, and it is even down town Portland, Oregon. I liked how MercyCorp help countries that need help badly. Wow 38 countries they helped and one of them was Haiti. Thank You Mr. Joe for having us learn about MercyCorp and JOIN what their company does and what they do. I love MercyCorp because MercyCorp helped countries that needed help, for example, Haiti and Afghanistan and a couple of other. I hoped that everyone learned something at MercyCorp and I learn that they helped with education. The lady was a nice and we did a fun activity, that we did as a class. The two hours was cool because she explain a lot of things about MercyCorp. She was really and really nice to us, just like Marc.


Mercy Corps Visit - KH

Mercy corps. is a company that helps poverty. When we came is I first thought that we would have to listen how our lives are better, how we are more fortunate then others. I was somewhat right. We were lucky to have a home, school, food, and water. But then Kendra told us something that none of us knew. Some People in poverty are happy. Some people in poverty only eat food worth $2-$3 a day, which in my oppinion isn't bad. Fastfood restuants now a days have a whole meal for real cheap. In my opinion being poverty in the USA isn't all that bad. Sure your homeless and you have no place to go. But you can help yourself with that. You could gain money by telling jokes, playing music, or just hold up a sign saying "I'm poor, can you help me?" People can easily get their three meals a day. I'm not saying its going to be healthy, but something is getting into your stomach none the less.
Thank you for reading.

Mercy Corps Visit - BH


Today my class went to mercy corps. I was really disappointed to find out that we are spending millions of dollars on other countries when we cant even fix our own. I think that we should start with our own country and work our way to the others after we are fixed. Why should we even help another country if they are at war with themselves? It's not like we are responsible for there self-destruction. I mean really there is a reason they call it SELF-destruction. I just am really upset at the fact that we are spending money in other country's when we don't have the money to spend. I mean honestly mercy corps could be helping the hundreds of single moms in the U.S.A who are living from paycheck to paycheck. I think the only reason it bothers me so much is because my mother and i have been deprived of the proper care from our government.

Mercy Corps Visit - AC

mercy corps is prity cool i mean it is a non profet compony that sends supplys and peaple to helpin conteryes that are in poverty.we got too wach a vido about what thay do in difrent conteryes. then we got to do this thing eare we got some clip bords and some papers with a comunity with a problom and tow difrent slou tions and we got to chews wich one we would use.thay also had a plasma screen with a touch screen monitir next to it with it we could move this google earth thing and zoom in on the whole world it was prity cool i think.on the way thair and back wegot to ride the max it was prity fun i think i hope we can do a thing on the max agen soon.that is what we did at murcy corps feld trip.

JOIN Visit - MD

This was a very interesting trip. I never knew how hard it was to be homeless. I mean yeah I figured it was hard but not that hard. It was heartwarming to see what JOIN was doing for them. We made sack lunches to pass out around noon, it was a very difficult process. What JOIN does for our community is amazing. Someday I’d like to donate new things for them to give out to their visitors. Maybe even donate my time to helping run the center. I really had fun on that trip. It was also neat seeing people still had spirit even though they may have not been in a good situation. This was also a reminder on how we should be happy with what we have and how we should help others. In short, JOIN was an excellent reminder of how we are crew not passengers!

Mercy Corps Visit - RE

I really enjoyed going to Mercycorps. I love riding on the Max, and then we walked to the Mercycorps building. Inside we met a woman named Kendra who taught just exactly what poverty is. I never knew there was such a thing as Extreme Poverty. I felt bad for the people she told us about, but she also said that poor doesn't mean sad, and I thought that was a really good point and that some people who are suffering from poverty are perfectly happy with their life. We saw people who lived on one dollar a day and people who lived on two dollars a day. It was sad to think about. After we watched a slide show we watched a video. We learned what causes poverty in the first place. Then we did an exercise like we were a government of sorts for Afghanistan. We chose different educational plans for specific towns and communities . Kendra said that if you can save a countries educational problems, you can often fix their over all problems with poverty. I learned a lot of things when I visited Mercycorps and I thought it was very interesting.

Mercy Corps Visit - TH

Mercy Corps
during my visit at Mercy corps we watched some videos on whats happening in Afghanistan. We saw the education deprived people and the ones who were educated were educated in religious education. We saw who lived one one dollar a day and didn't have proper santated area and had to gather fire wood, and get the water to drink. They had to teach kids outside without proper education supply's and people worked in fear. But there was one thing they did have and it was each other and hope that help one day will come. People think that when people are pore people are sad but that is not true. when people are poor they have each other to look on for help when they need help.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

JOIN Visit - AR

At JOIN, we learned about the reasons that people are homless, and how places, like join help them out. What supprised me, is that about 2,000 people are homless and on the streets right now. JOIN said that they could not get enough of three things, blankets, underwear, and shoes. I had fun at JOIN, we made sandwhichs for all the homless people that were there, and included chips and cookies for them! I thought highly of the two men that spoke and thought it was rather brave of them to speak about what happened to them. overall, it was a good trip and I think that we all learned alot from it. Hopefully all those people will have a good turn-around at some point.

JOIN Visit - LA

I am glad to have gone to Join. I just didn't realize that so many people are homeless! I'm just happy that Join actually cares and tries to help the homeless. I just hope that when I grow up, there won't be so many homeless people. My favorite parts are fixing the homeless lunches and going to the park. The park was the funnest part. Especially the tire swing and the giant teeter-totter. Although I got sick and dizzy, I enjoyed it. I really hope I can go to Join again. I just hope that tomorrow's field work will be as interesting and fun as today's. I so can't wait till tomorrow's field work. I wonder what activities we'll be doing. I hope we'll be doing something related to helping the homeless and Scrap. I also hope there will be a park close to Mercy Corps. Well one thing's for sure:I can't wait till tomorrow.

JOIN Visit - TH

Today we went to Join. A organization that reaches out to the homeless. During our stay at Join we were able to talk to some homeless people and hear their advice to stay off the streets. We were able to learn about the most important equipment some one who lives on the streets should have and somethings they lack. We learned that one of the most important things to have for some one who lives on the street is a companion and a friend, because to be all alone is one of the worst thing to happen to anyone. Also during our stay we made lunches for some of the people who were staying at Join. When we did that it made me feel a little better about my self. Also we were able to talk to a man named Quin whose job at Join is to go to homeless camps and try to help the homeless people that he befriends. Over all it was a great experience.
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JOIN Visit - AC

Itwas an informitiv visit. this ''join'' is prity cool.It is a homless outreach center.Mark was awer guid at join. With mark we got to lern what join dose food and showers and cloths to homless peaple in retern for servis arownd the building.with mark we got to make lunches that wer a sand wich a apple and a bag of chips for homless peaple at and arownd join.it was a lot of fun.we had three gust spekers. a one of wich was a homless drug adict who is tring to get a home outof the drug car tell area that he is curentalt living in.and join is tring to help him on that.that is a vary nice thing that they are doing.

JOIN Visit - KH

Today was a success, we learned about the homeless and how hard it is. People have to keep on moving from place to place just to eat, drink and sleep. We also learned that people can be made homeless by so many reasons. They could have gotten fired, a fire, or even weather. But what happens the most is drugs. People usually get so much drugs and when they don't have a job, they lose everything quick. I belive that even though people are homeless, they still try to get some money for food and shelter. In my eyes anybody can still get a job, people can upcycle and make some drums and people can tip him/her. Or if all they have is a flute,ocarina, or anything like that they can still earn money for breakfast,lunch or dinner. It might not be healthy, but it's still food.
But what sucks the most is that the homeless problem is never going to go away. Because people all over the world are going to have children. And when those children grow up, they're going to have children of their own. And it's never going to stop. I just think that we should ADOPT not give birth. Because that takes away the orphan problem, and after a long time we'll have room for the homeless to have a place to live.
Just saying,

JOIN Visit - JK

well on 5/17/10 we went to join it was a fun time what happen was we jot to join early so we had to wait a bit then we went into the building it smelled new wood the building was a nice set up so then we went to the family room it had a foam mat with a small play structure to play on for the small ones but we were to big to play on it so sadly some of us sat on the floor marc are guide talked about what goes on to join and what they do we had a tore of join first we went to a small place that join has set a side for people to hang out on they had a mural we headed over to a garden where the homeless learned how to cook good Greek food alot more went on but it was all fun

JOIN Visit - SC

Today at school we had a field trip. This field trip was to a place called Join. This place is a homeless shelter that provides; shelter, service, and food. Our guide Marc gave us a tour around and told us all the stories of the places. He showed us the basement, it was solar lit by these large tubs that came out of the roof. We met a guy who was pretty cool and funny. He used to be Goofy at Disney land, he did some funny and cool tricks. Then there was Danny who was a previous drug addict. He told us all about his time as a drug addict and what he did to stop. Near upon the ending we made sack lunches for all the people. After wards we went and ate lunch at a park nearby and then had a small play time at the park. I had a fun time and wish to go back and volunteer to help again.

JOIN Visit - KJ

Join is a group that helps the homeless. They don't give them shelter but they do give them food and hygiene. The homeless who come in get to do a little work and in exchange they will get a token. Tokens operate showers, washers and dryers. Mark was our guide. He showed us the building and answered some questions. We saw the volunteers work space and we got to see the supplies they have to give out. They need lots of blankets, socks and underwear. we got to make sandwiches and hand them out to the homeless people at Join. I feel sorry for the homeless.We have homes and food when they had no homes and barley enough food. we shouldn't just ignore them. we should take matters into our hands and help them. Everyone can can help but we choose not to. Some dedicated volunteers do actually help. They donate a lot of their time for others. Quin, a guy at join, told us about his job. He goes out at ten at night and talks to the homeless and tries to find them homes. After he talked to us we got to talk to Danny. He is or was homeless and he is part of join. He is a drug addict. He told us not to drink or do drugs. After that we left.

This experience has opened up my eyes to the homeless.

JOIN Visit - SM

JOIN was pretty cool. It wasn't as cool as SCRAP, but it wasn't bad. First, we got a tour of the building. Then we got to make sack lunches for the homeless people who were there. That was my favorite part. We also got to hand them out. We then sat in the family room, and three people spoke to us. The first one was actually before we made the lunches. He was a homeless man who gave us his story. The next man was an outreach helper. He told us about his job and what he did. The third was another homeless man. He had become homeless because of drugs, so his main message was to never take drugs. We then had lunch and played at a park, but that wasn't really part of JOIN. Anyway, I had a pretty good time.

JOIN Visit - JM

We went to Join on Monday and saw a lot of homeless people there that needed help with things. Join gave them a lot of help. In join, the homeless people who went there did 1 hour of work to get meals and showers. Our guides name was Mark. He showed us all of the rooms, including the basement. All of the lights downstairs were solar powered. They had a lot of stuff down there like clothes, hi-gene supplies and more. After having a tour of the whole building we had one person who came there, speak. He said he used to work at Disneyland and he was Goofy. After that we made some lunches for them. I put the bread out on the table. There were chips, sandwiches, and a drink in all of the lunches. When we were done we passed all of the lunches out. All of the people were very happy. After that we had 2 people speak to us. When they were done, we ate lunch and went to this playground place.

JOIN Visit - MM

Today we went to a place called JOIN. JOIN is a nonprofit group that helps homeless people. When we got there a man named Marc told us about homeless people. Then we went and saw their storage areas like the lockers that they have. We also went into the basement and saw a freaky skull. Then we made lunches for the homeless and got to talk to 3 people. One of them was a homeless person. He told us about his daily life. Another person, Quin, was a guy who worked there. He told us about his job, which is to go into camps with his coffee and make relationships with the homeless. Then we talked with a druggie named Danny who told us not to do drugs. Then we left and went to a park where we had lunch now stop reading this blog because I stopped typing it.

JOIN Visit - BH

By: Sharktail

Today my class took a trip to Join. Join is a non-profit organization. There was a man named Marc who was our guide. He worked at Join as a cordinator. At the begaining of the trip he talked to us about many different reasons why people are homeless. He also talked to us about what Join does to help the community. They opened up an hour after we got there. It was amazing to look at these people smileing while they had no money or steady shelter. They were happy to have each other. Join had created a community for the homless to not feel homeless. I have never seen so many happy people all in one place. No money, no home, no cloths but, they were still happy. It really made me think of how lucky i was to have my mom, my kitten, and my house. Even the little things made them happy mabye, just maybe America could learn something from these people. Many Americans have depression. They think there life's are so bad but, maybe it takes poverty to bring happiness to our everyday life's.

JOIN Visit - JS

On Monday my class and I went to visit the non-profit organization called “Join”. It was cool and I learned a lot, there we learned about people who are homeless and what the organization Join is doing to help. I learned that the homeless are regular people like just you and me who’ve had bad things happen to them. Some have lost their jobs, or couldn’t afford a place to live, drug addiction and mental illness are other reasons people can find themselves homeless. We met a guy named Danny, he shared with us about his life on the street and how he came to live on the streets. He told us how Join helped him get an apartment and how he is trying change so he can reunite with his kids. Then we made sandwiches and gave out lunches to the homeless people in the facility. It was fun and I learned a lot. I want to go there and volunteer on my own time.

JOIN Visit - DK

Marc was a nice man to let us lean how their company works and it's being used. Their most important things were socks and blankets. JOIN had a lot of stuff that they stored for the homeless people. I feel sorry for them, but now they have something that can keep them warm. Also JOIN had a lot of stuff that Scap's can use. Marc is a nice nice man to be around and letting homeless people having a home. I hope that the homeless people are praying and thanking God for what the people have done for them. Thank You Mr. Joe for letting us learn how JOIN got in a company. I love field trips, and I love them. Thank You for all of the drives that helped us get to JOIN in Portland. Roy was a nice man and he had some funny tricks that he showed us, they where funny, funny, funny, and funny. For example one finger in the right hand and one in the left hand, and you hit them together and it makes two, and you can put it in ether hand. Roy was also a nice nice man too, to use too. Than You Mr. Joe, and you are the nice teacher that we have.

JOIN Visit - TY

We went to Join as an expeditionary trip today. We had to drive to Portland to get there. We had several parents drive us there. In my car one of the girls and I would touch the ceiling and hold our breath when we went under tunnels.When we got there I noticed the side of the buildings said Street Roots (latter we saw one of the people we gave food to trying to sell their papers.). I have been seeing their newspapers when walking with my Halmony (Means grandmother in Korean). They tend to have homeless people selling them. When we got there we were given a guide named Marc. We went to the family area and had some of our thoughts browsed by Marc.He explained how the facility worked and how they have some of their things on a token basis (Basically you work for x amount of hours and get some tokens for things like shower uses.). We saw their storage area was informed how they use solar energy for some of their lights. They basically showed us the whole building. After our tour we made some sandwiches for the people there. Then we had some more talks. One of them named Danny was a drug addict. One thing that really annoyed me was when he said I will never be off the drugs. I can't stand it when someone gives themselves an excuse like that. That's up there with I am stupid, I am special, I will never be/do/can _____, or it won't do anything. They are just excuse get up and fight those boundaries break them, past them, and fight them. There no need to succumb to those powers.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Earth Day 2010 - JS


Its earth day 2010, and I think that we should be conserving energy and enjoying the earth we live on. We could turn off all the lights during the day and use the natural light from the sun. WE COULD ENJOY THE EARTH BY TURNING off COMPUTERS AND TV’S AND GO OUTSIDE. Instead OF DRIVING YOUR CAR, WE COULD WALK OR RIDE A BIKE. WE COULD ALSO recycle AND WE COULD EVEN START A COMPOST PILE instead of throwing away rotten fruit. That’s what I think some of the things we could do on earth day to celebrate the earth.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Earth Day 2010 - RE

I think that the earth should be more taken care of. Not just on earth day, but every single day. Honestly, though I don't think we're going to change. We're too addicted to our resources and have too high of a population. By the time I'm dieing and old, we'll have probably 10 billion people and rationed resources like food and gasoline. I think the only way we could be saved from ourselves is if ALL of us actually TRIED to conserve what we have. Which is also unlikely because we think we need more than we do. I know I sound negative, but that's what I believe.

Earth Day 2010 - SM

I think Earth Day is kind of useless. I mean, sure, it gets people to care about the Earth . . . for a week or two. Within a month (or so) of Earth Day, people are back to not caring about the Earth. Even if people did keep caring about it, it wouldn't do any good. According to Derrick Jensen (see previous blog), the city's garbage is only three percent of the world's trash. It's the huge companies that produce most of the waste, but I doubt they're going to change. Pretty much the only solution is to stop buying things that those companies make, but that isn't going to happen, either. I really don't think the world is going to change how much waste it uses, for we are addicted to stuff, and we will probably never let that stuff go.

Earth Day 2010 - JM

The earth day movie thing was really long. Today is earth day. That is why we watched the movie. On earth day what we should do is not litter or stuff like that. Some people go around picking up things. A lot of people do that. A lot of other schools probably watch a movie on earth day just like we did. A lot of people recycle a lot on earth day too. if you go through a drive through thing at a fast food place, you should not throw the wrappers away after eating all the food in it. Those are some things you should do on earth day.

Earth Day 2010 - BH

by: Sharktail
In class today we watched a video about how earth day started and what it was meant to be about. It really got me thinking the earth is something that we have been ruining. What is going to happen if we cant get rid of all of the waste. We will one day all die. To think that we will have to walk around useing a gas mask and a flashlight to find where we are going is just, well, scary. The movie really made me think about the way we are treating our earth. I hope that people understand that we will not always have this earth if we keep treating it the way they are.

Earth Day 2010 - KJ

Today is Earth Day 2010 what do we have to do. today is a day of saving energy and recycling. we need to save our energy by turning of lights and taking shorter showers. we can recycle by separating plastics and papers from garbage. we need to try and make everyday Earth Day. we should do all this stuff everyday. we are pretty much wasting our resources on things JUST for our entertainment. We need to save our resources and use them for our most important needs.our priorities are food, water and shelter, these are the most important.

Earth Day 2010 - TY

Earth day 2010

Today is the earth day of 2010. Our world has advanced in ways that will alter the dark planet for better or worst. The Sentient races of the 3rd rock from the sun have come quite a way. They have invented new ways to help their biosphere continue on with glee. They have solar energy, water energy, geothermal energy, and wind energy. Many have grouped together to protect their planet from harm. However not all is perfect for this dark lit planet. There are many dangers that continue to harm our shared world. Oil, bombs, litter, and wasted resources. So as a fellow being I beg of you to help this old rock.

Earth Day 2010 - SC

This video was sort of a way to say "we will do it later". This was unexceptional, we needed to do then and to the fullest extent. If man continues on this path we will go extinct. In the video Earth Days, we saw how it came to be. We saw how it was before. We saw what they want it to be in the future. That is NOT how it is now, at least not all the way. It's not completely the way they wanted it, but they think its good enough, I do not. Our earth needs to be helped, protected, cared for. If we can't do this we are doomed.

Earth Day 2010 - MM

Today is earth day 2010. At least it was when I typed this. To celebrate we watched a very long movie about earth days. This movie showed what everyone in the US is doing to destroy the earth. It also showed a lot of short term solutions to save the earth. There were a lot of protest and a lot of different books about how we should change our planet. There were a lot of ideas and if we would put all of the good ideas into action, we could change the earth. What if we could build a super renewable energy generator that could harness multiple types of renewable energies.

Earth Day 2010 - TB



well what I am going to talk about is what is earth day. what I think about earth day is.I think that it was the best thing ever . earth day is to help this earth . my question is dose it help this earth. with my info it is not at all not even a little bit. people don't realize what we are doing to this world. we Americans litter trash that can be recycled . this really angers me because people don't care about this earth . if we Americans keep littering we will end up needing gas masks to go to the store. I will try to help this earth if I die trying .

Earth Day 2010 - TS

Earth Day 2010
In the video they were talking about the first earth day in 1970 and how the cost of gas went up dramatically from 4$ a drum to 16$ a drum. I believe that the U.S is stealing most of the resources from the rest of the world and I also think we should share the resources evenly with the world instead of hogging it all. This world would be much better if we just took an hour of our day to clean up just out part of the neighborhood we could eliminate most of the waste just in a city imagine if the whole world did that.

Earth Day 2010 - DK

We have to do what we did 40 years ago. We need clean water and clean air so we can live. We do not need garbage in the oceans,river etc. We need to throw garbage were it belongs. We need to respect the Earth and the whole world. I do not want the world to end now and maybe never. God created the world but he gave is righteous son to the world. The world is not going to go to a end because God created the world and etc. I want the Earth to stay Earth and not any thing else. I want my kids to see the world than a garbage Earth.

Earth Day 2010 - TH

Its Earth Day 2010 what do we have to do? I think that we have to try to cut back on are reliance on foreign oil. We should also try to stop clear cutting and overall littering. If we can improve on all of these we could help the earth and or children s children to have a better future and lives. So I call to u all, please help in stopping pollution of the world and with that we have a chance to help the world and our future on planet earth.

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Earth Day 2010 - JK

Today is earth day 2010. 40 years ago earth day was. created. The reasons for earth day was we were polluting the earth. New york was in a cloud of smog. Kids were playing in DDT. I think that earth day was some what of a way to get money and some what of a good thing if you think about it it is a good thing we are trying to save are plant we are trying to revers what we have done to mother earth. Earth day is a time to fix some of the wrongs we have done. if we use less gas and start to car pool we others ride bikes even walk we can help mother earth.

Response to Derrick Jensen - JK

"Or let’s talk waste. In 2005, per-capita municipal waste production (basically everything that’s put out at the curb) in the U.S. was about 1,660 pounds. Let’s say you’re a die-hard simple-living activist, and you reduce this to zero. You recycle everything. You bring cloth bags shopping. You fix your toaster. Your toes poke out of old tennis shoes. You’re not done yet, though. Since municipal waste includes not just residential waste, but also waste from government offices and businesses, you march to those offices, waste reduction pamphlets in hand, and convince them to cut down on their waste enough to eliminate your share of it. Uh, I’ve got some bad news. Municipal waste accounts for only 3 percent of total waste production in the United States." - D. Jensen

well I think that the dude is a brave man to reduce his his wast to 0. with a last name like jensen you can do anything. if i had to reduce my wast to 0 does that include TV because i like my TV well problem i guess im going to have to go with out my tv for a year but my tv is fun to watch. we make to much wast in are life time but we were brought up in this world. 0% that a lot of work

I have some questions for derrick like how was life with out all that stuff we live with. living with out the stuff we can live with out and then some. i guess i might be able to reduce my energy out put by unplugging the chargers when not using them. Maybe we all can make a difference in are life if we used less trash. have fun.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Response to Derrick Jensen Excerpt - AR

"Or let’s talk waste. In 2005, per-capita municipal waste production (basically everything that’s put out at the curb) in the U.S. was about 1,660 pounds. Let’s say you’re a die-hard simple-living activist, and you reduce this to zero. You recycle everything. You bring cloth bags shopping. You fix your toaster. Your toes poke out of old tennis shoes. You’re not done yet, though. Since municipal waste includes not just residential waste, but also waste from government offices and businesses, you march to those offices, waste reduction pamphlets in hand, and convince them to cut down on their waste enough to eliminate your share of it. Uh, I’ve got some bad news. Municipal waste accounts for only 3 percent of total waste production in the United States." - D. Jensen

Alrighty then, special thanks to Derrick Jensen for the source to my response. I would like to say that in my opinion it is considered over doing it when you use absolutely no electricity at all, and your toes are poking out of your shoes? that's not helping the environment, that is just bad hygiene and obsessive compulsive disorder. Trust me I should know, I have obsessive compulsive disorder and Turret syndrome.

People who have to go that far in reduce waste are really in all honesty over doing it, seriously no refrigerator? that's being radical.
I'm not saying that it's okay to purposely waste things, but some people go over board with it. Reducing some of the waste that we... waste, probably wouldn't be a bad idea.

Response to Derrick Jensen Excerpt - LA

"Or let’s talk waste. In 2005, per-capita municipal waste production (basically everything that’s put out at the curb) in the U.S. was about 1,660 pounds. Let’s say you’re a die-hard simple-living activist, and you reduce this to zero. You recycle everything. You bring cloth bags shopping. You fix your toaster. Your toes poke out of old tennis shoes. You’re not done yet, though. Since municipal waste includes not just residential waste, but also waste from government offices and businesses, you march to those offices, waste reduction pamphlets in hand, and convince them to cut down on their waste enough to eliminate your share of it. Uh, I’ve got some bad news. Municipal waste accounts for only 3 percent of total waste production in the United States." - D. Jensen

What I think is that we should recycle more and throw away less. I think Derrick Jensen is right about the factories. But wow, I didn't know that we only recycle 3%! Even if the whole country recycles, we're still only recycling 3%! If only the country could recycle more and throw away less.
To be honest, I still forget to turn off the lights in my room. A few weeks ago I started to recycle more things. The only bad thing about that is that my brothers actually questioned my new ways about recycling. But even if I forget to turn off the lights, I least I can still remember to flush the toilet. Plus, my family and I got this new washer/dryer set that does more and faster loads of laundry, but it saves a ton of energy, unlike our other set did. But I still think this country could recycle more, including the factories. Oh and also, we should not be dumping our waste into the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean! Not only does it pollute the world even more, but its also killing the wildlife that live in the waters. So for me, I think we need to recycle more and not dump our waste into the waters!

Response to Derrick Jensen Excerpt - BH

"Or let’s talk waste. In 2005, per-capita municipal waste production (basically everything that’s put out at the curb) in the U.S. was about 1,660 pounds. Let’s say you’re a die-hard simple-living activist, and you reduce this to zero. You recycle everything. You bring cloth bags shopping. You fix your toaster. Your toes poke out of old tennis shoes. You’re not done yet, though. Since municipal waste includes not just residential waste, but also waste from government offices and businesses, you march to those offices, waste reduction pamphlets in hand, and convince them to cut down on their waste enough to eliminate your share of it. Uh, I’ve got some bad news. Municipal waste accounts for only 3 percent of total waste production in the United States." - D. Jensen

Truth of life
By: Sharktail
The amount of waste in America has grown over the years and will continue to grow unless someone steps up to the plate and lets everyone know that its not OK. In class we read a piece of an article that said if everyone in the united states did everything in there power to be Eco friendly it would only make up 3 percent of waste in America. That means that big factory's and company's are creating 97 percent of the waste. Its scary to think of how much waste is being made by the company's that we bye things from everyday. I truly think that the people here on this earth are slowly but surely destroying the earth. I think that it is our job as well educated citizens on this topic we should take a stand. Maybe we should take a trip to down town Portland and split up into groups and not only educate people in Portland about what we are doing to the earth but also we should pick up trash from off the streets and recycle whatever we can. I think that if adults see how much kids around the age of 13 and 14 care about our earth and and see that we are taking a stand that they might be inspired to also take a stand. Our guiding question for the year is What are the rights and responsibility's of a citizen. The rights and responsibility's of a citizen are to help out in the community and help educate people about our earth and the world around us.

Response to Derrick Jensen Excerpt - SM

"Or let’s talk waste. In 2005, per-capita municipal waste production (basically everything that’s put out at the curb) in the U.S. was about 1,660 pounds. Let’s say you’re a die-hard simple-living activist, and you reduce this to zero. You recycle everything. You bring cloth bags shopping. You fix your toaster. Your toes poke out of old tennis shoes. You’re not done yet, though. Since municipal waste includes not just residential waste, but also waste from government offices and businesses, you march to those offices, waste reduction pamphlets in hand, and convince them to cut down on their waste enough to eliminate your share of it. Uh, I’ve got some bad news. Municipal waste accounts for only 3 percent of total waste production in the United States." - D. Jensen

Wow! THREE PERCENT!!! That means that all those people who recycle everything and think their helping the environment aren't actually doing really anything! I mean, they're helping to bring the waste in the U.S. by three percent, but that really barely makes a difference. Instead, they should talk to those who do make a big difference and try to get them to change the way they use their waste. Then they could worry about their own stuff. I'm glad Derrick Jensen decided to write about this.
I wonder how much waste would be left over if those big companies and just the normal people cut it all down to zero. I mean, I'm guessing there are other sources of waste, and I'm guessing what they are and how much they put out there. That doesn't matter, though, because I extremely highly doubt everyone will cut their waste down, especially down to
zero. People don't need to worry about their own garbage quite so much, for it doesn't make much of a difference.

Response to Derrick Jensen Excerpt - JM

"Or let’s talk waste. In 2005, per-capita municipal waste production (basically everything that’s put out at the curb) in the U.S. was about 1,660 pounds. Let’s say you’re a die-hard simple-living activist, and you reduce this to zero. You recycle everything. You bring cloth bags shopping. You fix your toaster. Your toes poke out of old tennis shoes. You’re not done yet, though. Since municipal waste includes not just residential waste, but also waste from government offices and businesses, you march to those offices, waste reduction pamphlets in hand, and convince them to cut down on their waste enough to eliminate your share of it. Uh, I’ve got some bad news. Municipal waste accounts for only 3 percent of total waste production in the United States." - D. Jensen

This report is about waste that people throw away. If people throw recycle twice as much as they usually do, then the recycled amount of things that should be recycled would be doubled. If people didn't use any toilet paper, made their own clothes, ate all of their food, usedno electricity , and grew their own stuff, thenthey wouldnt need to recycle and have no waste. Oh, and i forgot to say that the person who wrote it was Derrik Jensen.

If people recycled everything, and people used water cars, then there would be no pollution or waste. But that would probably never happen. If it does i would be very suprised. It would also help the enviroment if people did not cut down many trees. if they did that the roads would be more fun to drive on and the trees live. Most roads here are really boring because their all straight and flat and stuff. But people here should also recycle a lot more.