Mentioned the biosphere
Spoke about water and how little of fresh water we have. And that even in us knowing this, we still pollute
it. So not only do we have a limited supply of water that is fresh but we also have a limited supply of
drinkable water that keeps getting smaller and smaller. Human consumption of water is not the only issue
affecting the shortage of water.
Showed us a short video:
Go to youtube. Search "a world without water"
Here's the link:
What was grasped from this video:
Coca cola using water (from aquifers under ground that the Bolivian people count on to survive)
Stopped at 18:50 of the video:
Point #1: 50% of the people on the planet are dealing with water shortage. Within 45 years we are currently
in the neighbourhood of 6 billion people that will become 12 billion in 45 years and 6 billion of those will
have water shortage.
Q#1 Is water a public good or a private commodity?
Is water a human right? If so, tell me why its a human right?
Look at water ambassadors in the U.N
Look at water ambassadors in Canada: http://www.waterambassadorscanada.org/
With water being privatized around the world it won't be long before water is privatized in Canada in the
One last thought for today:
Showed us another short video:
Blue Gold: World Water Waters (official full length film)
What responsibilities do you have to water?
Do you have a responsibility to the little girl?
Should you feel bad for taking a 2 hour shower while the little girls struggles to have water? In this case is
water a right or a privilege?
Spoke about the icy weather conditions and how many people were without power and for how long.
Then he reflected on Frequency/Severity/Cost in regards to disasters like these.
Frequency (how often they happen) is increasing in an annual basis
Severity (how nasty the event is…the events are becoming nastier) is increasing in an annual basis
Cost (one event costs $75 million) is increasing in an annual basis
Cost of the ice storm is estimated to be $75 million and it's going to take 8 weeks to clean up the mess
left over from the ice storm. He basically said that we're trying to manage 21st century weather on the basis of 19th and 20th
century infrastructure. For example, sewers have been blowing up as a result of floods. We've been
most dependent on the power grid (that was built in the 60s and 70s).
Spoke about what will be happening this year
The year ahead Events in 2014
The Olympic games (happening 30 days from now)
Election in Afghanastan
World Cup in Brazil (Brazil has found oil)
WWI (100th year)
Referendum in Sept happening in Scotland (Scotland is trying to break free and become independent
of the United Kingdom)
Sly city China (the world's 220 stories high with 16 helicopter pads in it, 8 football fields tall)
October (mayoral election in Toronto)
25th anniversary of the Berlin wall (end of berlin wall communism lost)
Spoke about China (as per usual really) and how they were featured on Sunday nights CBC 60
seconds. Apparently, China is buying out failed technology from U.S at 10cents to a $1.
Is the 21st century about spectacle or people? What is more important? (entertaining us through world
events like paying 50 billion for the Russian games or the World Cup in Brazil versus putting that
money towards helping the less fortunate and combating poverty) It's a statement about the 21st
century really. Apparently having a spectacle then helping the less fortunate is what we really want.
As for this term winter term, he asks us to think next. Prospects and perils think next. Plan for next.
Mentioned how Pakistan is a very large country (and in his view already is in civil war and possess a
threat to India next door as they have nuclear weapons). Indian prime minister has decided to not run
again meaning Pakistan and India will both be unstable at the same time. Start thinking globally as
Pakistan and India are important to us Canada. (that India doesn't get nervous and Pakistan keeps a
hand on there nuclear weapons). Another country of interest, North Korea.
New Syllabus (I believe he will have this for us sometime next week or so)
Topics we are going to discuss
Technology (spoke about three technologies all of which are going to fundamentally change life here
on this planet)
Anything you want to introduce or talk about in the course he is game for!
Lastly, at the end of this winter term, his parting gift will be a summer reading list.
THIS FIRST PART IS VERY IMPORTANT. IT REGARDS THE JOURNALS!
So he started off by talking about this mini assignment where we are to approach someone within the class
(find someone who is different from you) and ask them these two questions:
1. What makes you different from me? 2. What did I learn from you? (after you've completed the assignment answer the second one)
"The objective of the assignment is to get outside your comfort zone and go see the world from another
person's eyes". You are to then make an entry of it in your journal like a 1 page entry as if it were another
weekly regular entry.
Other life forms in the form of bacteria that lead to pandemics
If the bacteria isn't contained/restricted it will spread becoming a pandemic in the process
Viruses mutate faster than people do
Mentioned a few examples of the spreading of bacteria such as the Spanish flu (transportation like flying
from one country to another spreads things so much quicker).
Mentioned a few research agencies that deal with diseases:
World Health Organization (WHO) who has monitor teams
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Mentioned Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist who was renowed for his discoveries
such as decoding AIDS
Talked about the various pandemic plans that governments/organizations have in place:
For example, look up pandemic plan under CDC (or an interesting version of a pandemic plan would be
the one the U.S has in place)
A disease is probably most likely to come out of South East Asia like Laos, Southern China as they have
the densest concentration of people where people are living closely together and cohabiting alongside
animals. Virus has to leap between species in order to survive which is where the greatest infection starts.
In the event that the virus escapes (spreads) within 15 hours that virus is going to be in every corner of the
Within time, 1/3 of people in an entire population are going to get sick. Out of those, 3% are going to
require aggressive medical treatment (respiratory systems to keep lungs breathing), 10% are going to be
extremely ill, 1.5 and 3% of that population will then die.
Most hospital planning is based on budgets right now. Hospitals have cut down to its minimum (in terms of
staff and equipment) and are in fact for example using acute respiratory systems making them limited
especially if a pandemic were to happen. Surge capacity not able to take on more patients. There is hardly
no surge capacity in the system. We have zero in Canada! Another thing is the behaviour of people when
sick during an epidemic (doctors and nurses become more sensitive towards the situation).
Pandemic plan says that the hope is that the virus will respond to one of two drugs, relenza or tamiflu that
is either taken by injection or orally within 24 hours of onset. Antibacterial/Antibiotics have been
successful in combating bacterial infection. However, there are some diseases that are resistant to
antibiotics such as:
CRE deadly super bugs that is resistant to all antibiotics, curing becomes very difficult
MRSA (Methicillinresistant staphylococcus aureus) is a bacterium responsible for several difficultto