Assignment Due 2/13: My Goal

 

Your first assignment: a written informal short brief on your SDG.

To discuss:

(a) Why did you choose this specific goal;

(b) What would be a concrete case/example of a global challenge related to your goal (anywhere in the world, big or small);

(c) What would be a local variation of that challenge; and

(d) What is the (potential) role of the media and communication technologies in advancing your goal?

Deliverable:

Write an informative paragraph, maximum two, and post below as a comment. For the submission to count towards your grade it must include all of the above content points. The style is free — informative but informal.

Due 2/13 by class time (5pm).

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45 thoughts on “Assignment Due 2/13: My Goal

  1. The Specific Goal that I chose is: Quality Education. This past year has told me a lot about the career path I want to take and I know that I want to make a difference in the lives of children and their families that may have not had a good life thus far. Whether their current life situation is lack of employment, homelessness, abuse, broken family, substance use, or they’re living uncomfortably due to low income: I think a lot can change if they have access to quality education. I worked in Child Abuse Prevention prior to returning to school and the biggest goal was to teach a curriculum to parents about child development and nurturing parenting. Within weeks of working with families, there was a visible difference just from them learning about the way their child’s brain works and ways they can support their growth appropriately. The experience really showed me that people have a better chance to lead successful and healthy lives when they know more. Knowledge provides power, opportunity, and advantage. Everyone should have the same access to quality education.

    To me, quality education isn’t only about building a curriculum that is appropriate for a given age group. It also has a lot to do with the living situations of the people expected to complete the given curriculum. Locally, in New York City, public schools are experiencing a vast amount of families that are experiencing homelessness. To expect children to be able to properly succeed in school when they are homeless and dealing with the daily struggles that come with that, is highly inappropriate. New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, “has cut promised additional funding services for homeless students in public schools from his preliminary fiscal year 2018 city budget proposal.” according to a February 2017 article written by Steve Light. I don’t believe that children in the public school system have an equal chance of a good life if their city isn’t supporting them in the ways they need. I believe that the media and the access people currently have to communication technologies will always have a huge influence on political decisions. Shining a light on the current situation, as well as theories on future effects New York City will experience with poorly educated children, will help build awareness and support for a campaign to guarantee quality education to all children- even those that are homeless.

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  2. My Sustainable Development Goal is #5 Gender Equality. I chose this goal because as a woman gender inequality is something I and people that I care about have to deal with on a daily basis. Whether it’s domestic violence, the wage gap, maternity leave, sexual abuse, or general misogyny, the issues of women’s rights affect over half of the world’s population. I believe with the UN’s statements that, “Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.”

    According to the 2015 NYC Domestic Violence Victims Report 4,401 cases of offenses against females by an intimate partner occurred in Queens County alone. For men in the same area the number of offenses was 905. I find it shocking for that number to be so high in a single community, especially with domestic violence being just one category of injustice occurring against women every single day. I believe that combating these injustices begins with educating youth from an early age, both at home and in school. I think that a lack of knowledge, outdated stereotypes, and hate speech are at the root of all injustices. By eliminating these factors through education I think gender equality becomes a more reachable goal.

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    1. This hits close to home (pun intended) in that Finland, my home country, is one of the equality flagships when it comes to public representation of women. However, domestic violence is almost a taboo: It certainly happens, and it is a serious problem, but as a (seemingly) gender-aware country we almost do not want to admit it.

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  3. The Sustainable Development Goal I chose was reduce inequalities. I chose this goal because inequalities is a very important issue to me that I feel needs to be corrected in society in order for the world to be a better place not just for now but for future generations. This an issue that is often ignored because the same issues are constantly being discussed but nothing is being done to improve equality in race, gender, and opportunities not just in America but throughout the world. I do have a personal connection towards inequality based on experience. I have been racially profiled and have been discriminated in the work place at a young age. This is why reducing inequalities is important to me because I believe everyone should have fair, equal treatment and opportunities. Many developing countries more than 75 percent of the population is living in societies where income is more unequally divided. Education inequality is also an issue that often is ignored and take for granted by students in developed countries but countries such as South Africa suffer from low student performance, declining government support and increased class sizes.

    Here in America inequalities has recently become more discussed however little has been done about police brutality and gender equality. While there are other examples of inequalities that go in america, however, in my opinion these are the two issues that I feel to be the significantly important in american society. I also feel that these domestic issues need to be focused on first in order to have a bigger impact on the rest of the world. If the local variations of the challenge receive the most attention then we will be stronger to combat inequalities that affect the rest of the world. Other countries may even follow our examples and combat their own inequalities. The role of the media and communication technologies would be to discuss and draw attention to inequalities far more often than they are currently being taught. The media should not only draw attention to inequalities but it should also avoid painting certain groups with negative connotations or stereotypes that further add to the social inequalities that we experience today.

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    1. As we discussed in class, inequality is considered as the #1 risk factor in the world today. It’s a complex issue in that it can take so many forms, not only economic. I greatly appreciate you combining different issues under “inequality” to illustrate this!

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  4. The sustainable development goal that I chose was goal number three, good health and well-being. I chose this goal because it is something that seems to be an obvious and tangible aspect of every human life. It is in a way a goal that some, not all, might take for granted. In order for humans to survive it is important to have good health, but this is not something we think about until we are ill, or someone around us is sick. Looking back when the world was not as advanced as it is now, I would think that this goal has been the most achieved, but it has not. A lot of the problems come from the simple fact that people do not have access to these advancements due to a lack of basic health care. The challenge not only comes from people not given the right to a good healthcare plan, but also the fact that other countries are not as advanced in their health systems as others. This is why this goal has not been able to advance as it should have already by this point.
    The local solution to this problem can be simply educating everyone of all ages about the importance of good health and well-being. I think that a lot of people are starting to take more into consideration what they eat, the products that are good for their hair, body, and nails, which is a step in the right direction. Good health seems to be a trend that a lot of people are on, and I believe that it is due to all of the advancements, and the access we have to the internet. A lot of people are working out, and using natural remedies as part of their everyday routine. I think that this goal will keep on advancing as the people become more knowledgeable about it. I also think that with the help of technology, and the advancements in medicine everyone will eventually have access to to basic health care, and health systems in other countries will start to develop faster as the years go on.

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  5. My goal for the SDG project is “sustainable cities.” As someone looking to get involved in commercial real estate, I know the importance of urban planning, organization, and efficiency. However, sustainable cities are more than just buildings – they involve eco-friendly transportation, sound infrastructure, active bureaucracy, and futuristic thinking like urban agriculture. We live in an increasingly urbanized world, so the management of our cities is a top priority if we are to ensure a decent quality of life for the maximum number of people. In the developing world, a concrete example of a problem related to my SDG is the rapid expansion of city limits without regard for property rights or planning. As more people make more money and move to urban centers, the borders of cities across the planet are stretching. In societies where property rights are not recorded, not respected, or simply non-existent, this poses problems for those living on the outskirts of expanding cities and those moving into new homes. Moreover, if the government does not ensure the quality of construction and the safety of its location, people may be seriously injured or killed. Urban expansion is also a danger in impoverished places like Grozny, Chechnya, where the government is rapidly constructing luxury housing units while there are no people who can afford such living accommodations. On a local level, we have the reverse problem – there is a massive wave of wealthy young people flowing into New York City with money to spend. Thus, our working-class neighborhoods become sites for evictions and re-development, causing the bleeding out of New York’s working-class population. As such, sustainable cities require a controlled, well-planned, and egalitarian approach that provides space for everyone.

    Communication technology is making its way to the developing world. A growing number of people globally are the owners of cell-phones. Factoring this into sustainable cities means that we must plan communications infrastructure as we plan our urban centers. It is important to make Wi-Fi available alongside cellular networks. Since communications networks are vital to our business models, cities cannot be economically sustainable if their residents don’t have access to cellular service. We can also use communication technologies to help in the problem of property rights; people can store their deeds digitally so that the rule of law in new urban developments is maintained. The expansion of our cities necessitates the expansion of our ability to communicate across them.

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    1. Smart cities as sustainable cities are a BIG topic, and much discussed in the Global North as well as in the Global South. I am so glad you chose to focus on this. Can’t wait to see what kind of a concrete project you will envision.

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  6. Education is one of the most powerful tools that can help end the cycle of poverty. For most people I know, going to school is a chore, but I view quality education as a privilege. Even if someone loses their home or their family, their education can still stay intact. Education offers a child more than just books and numbers, but can help a child form their own worldview, find a sense of belonging, as well as feed their ambition for something greater in their life. The increase in technological advances within the past ten or so years has a great potential to improve global education. Communication technologies can be used to better train teachers all over the world. Students can also potentially attend classes through videoconferences. Media and communication technologies can also be used determine what areas of an education system need improvement and can be used to better assess students and teachers.

    In Mali, specifically Sabablibougou district school, only about 70% of children complete the basic level education, and only about half will go on to secondary school. Many children at the basic level cannot or do not attend school because their parents are unable to pay the fees, or the children help on family farms or used for other things to get money. Another flaw the public education system in Mali is the lack of funding, large classroom sizes which decrease the quality of a teacher’s performance, unqualified teachers, and students failing to pass and move on to secondary education. Urban schools in America also face similar challenges. Many children in America attend school in dilapitated buildings, are taught by unqualified teachers, and many public schools lack funding and resources. As with the children in Mali, children in the US also face issues at home that affect their schooling.

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    1. Indeed, education is the #1, guaranteed, path to development. This has been proven over and over again by economists and social scientists. Great comparison – Mali vs. USA. Education is a global challenge, not only that of “developing” countries.

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  7. I chose the goal Zero hunger because, it is an issue I feel that no one should have to go through. It is hard to think about the fact that there are many people and even children who are unable to find their next meal. It is something that evokes a lot of emotions in me. A global challenge that relates to my topic is the fact that 1 million children throughout, the world die each year of hunger. A local variation of this challenge can be seen in the statistic that 1.4 million New York City residents rely on emergency food programs, including soup kitchens and food pantries, each year. This goes to show the limits they face when having access to food thus creating a higher statistic of hunger in our own area. The role that media and communication plays in advancing this goal is crucial. Media and communication is what our world relies on today in order to spread messages and get people involved. People can only help with issues that they’re aware about, if the issue is unknown, then there won’t be as much help.
    On a global scales or local scale, hunger has devastating impacts. In global terms those who are hungry are concentrated in geographic areas that hinder their potential to grow food, countries that are in poor economic health or are in countries that are in war. When speaking in local terms the cause of hunger mostly correlates to a person or families own financial situation. For example, in 2008 when the U.S was in a recession the hunger rates rose dramatically. This shows the correlation between our economy and hunger in the U.S. The main reason for hunger in America is due to job instability and low wages. I believe that it becomes hard for people to help others when they themselves are in need of help. Implementing new policies and laws such as higher wages can help our nation diminish hunger rates and make it easier for us as a nation and as individuals to help other countries in need.

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  8. The substantial development goal that I chose was goal number ten, reduce inequalities, a goal that combines many of the others such as poverty, education, good health, and well-being and even climate change. I chose this goal for many reasons being that it seemed to interlock with so many other important goals, it also aims worldwide focusing on the inequalities in the many economic, education, political and social aspects of a community. To see the gap continuing to widen with the rich becoming richer and the poor becoming poorer, I believe we are losing a middle class and furthering the divide between multiple communities, countries and its people. When looking at my goal as a global challenge, I read some facts and figures under my goal such as “Evidence from developing countries shows that children in the poorest 20 per cent of the populations are still up to three times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than children in the richest quintiles.” This shows that because of not only poverty but the inequalities in health-care and wage income along with war, or the unstableness int the economic or political systems that many children are still at risk of young mortality globally. On a local level looking at the United States or even New York, the idea of a middle class is shrinking because of the economic and social gap increases.
    The potential roles that the media and communication technologies could help advance my goals by helping communities become more aware of the effects of the inequalities, such as morality, poverty, and educational setbacks. By slowly bringing newer technologies in health care and jobs this could help less developed countries in bridging the divides. By understanding the issues new laws and policies can start to be implemented on a global level.

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  9. The Sustainable Development Goal that I chose is Clean Water and Sanitation. I decided to choose this goal because of how prominent water is in our day-to-day lives. The majority of our bodies and planet are composed of water. It is something that we interact with everyday and need in order to survive. Living where we do, I feel like most people take clean water and proper sanitation for granted. Many people are not as privileged and struggle daily to find clean water and proper sanitation. Globally, the lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation is devastating, especially in parts of Africa. According to The Water Project, 319 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to reliable drinking water sources. The Water Project explains how lack of accessible clean water can lead to a multitude of problems, including: poor health and water related diseases, increased hunger due to crop loss, poor education due to children missing school to collect water, and poverty because the lack of water prevents communities from growing and flourishing. The SDG website states that nearly 1,000 children die each day due to preventable water and sanitation related diseases. However, this problem is not limited to third world or developing countries. The water crisis in Flint, Michigan made news headlines not long ago. That is also why this topic appealed to me. Not having access to clean water is something that most people think would never happen here in the U.S. due to our resources and money. However, anyone who looks into the issues in Flint knows that that is clearly not the case. This is truly a global issue that affects millions of people in countries all around the world.

    I, personally, believe that media and communication technologies are some of the most powerful tools we have today. These mediums reach millions of people around the world, and are perfect for spreading awareness of issues and how to help resolve them. Media allows people to get educated on the problems affecting people around the world and helps depict the severity of these issues through the use of photos, videos, first person testimony, etc. These depictions can then be shared globally though widespread mediums such as social media and news outlets. From there, millions around the world can learn more about charities, non-profits, and philanthropic organizations aiming to help fix this problem. This also gives the public a way to donate money or resources to these organizations, further helping alleviate the issue.

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    1. We’ll talk a lot about water when we talk about natural resources and the environment. It has been claimed that wars have (Syria) and will be fought around clean water. Flint is a horror story — covered in detail by the media — that has made us realize this is a serious issue right here at home — that clean water is a luxury.

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  10. The goal I picked was gender equality. I chose gender equality because it was one of the topics that really interests me and affects me. An example of a global challenge related to gender equality is prostitution, this is a problem that many countries are facing. A local variation of gender equality is the wage gap. The potential role that the media and communication technologies could play in advancing my goal is that the media could stop objectifying women, and make them equal to men in the roles they play. If the media does this, it will become more common place in society because society has the potential to be molded by the media.

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  11. Good health and well-being is the topic of my choice. This topic can highlight a wide range of issues from the food industry, nutrition, physical health, healthcare, and mental health. I want to solely concentrate on mental health. Mental health is an integral part of our health. It has been overlooked in developing countries, a secret, an invisible problem. As stated by World Health organization, “the mental and neurological disorders are the leading cause of ill health and disability globally.” Unfortunately, in most global countries people, especially poor countries, with mental health are neglected and barred of the necessary treatment they deserve. For those that receive treatment are sometimes mistreated, abused, and forced to live in institutions against their will. For example, Ghana, people with mental disabilities suffer severe abuses in the psychiatric institutions. The institutions are generally unsanitary conditions and patients face overcrowding. The country’s government lacks little to no interest in suppressing this issue. The mistreatment of patients in these mental institutions clearly shows a violation of human rights.
    In the world of the digital age, media outlets can uncover these stories and present truth to these issues. Society has become dependent on social media and consuming information online. With that being said, the use of technology communication can greatly benefit and bring attention to mental health crisis. For example, through the use of photography, photographers are documenting photos of people in certain conditions, it is being seen.

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  12. I chose the goal of Clean Energy because clean energy can lead to less pollution (air,water), reduce the effects of global warming, and preserve nature. This is a huge topic that has been discussed not only locally but around the world especially with global warming becoming more of an issue. As a worldwide issue the production of clean energy through the means of wind, water and solar energy could power to give electricity to those who may not have any and decrease air and water pollution creating a healthier environment for people around the world. When it comes to the issue of clean energy as a local issue the creation of clean energy plants, wind farms, etc can not only promote of course clean energy but it also can create jobs. A perfect example of this is US’ largest offshore wind farm will be built off the coast of New York. Now although it will take a while build this farm it will give people jobs, promote the creation of more farms and is estimated to power over 50,000 homes. With the creation of the plant it opens the doors for more of these plants to be built around the country proving clean and sustainable energy in the US. This is just the first step to switching clean energy in the USA and around the world.

    I believe that media has a huge role in the advancing of my goal. When media sources portray a movement going on in the world it changes how some people look at that movement. In my opinion media these days are extremely biased in the news they report for example on CNBC you may see anchors talking about the benefits of clean energy, but then on fox news it will be a completely different agenda. If the media continues to report on all the benefits of what clean energy can do for the world (Like powering 50,000 homes) more people would be inclined to looking into the matter whether supporting clean energy movement or even getting solar panels to power their own homes. Of course not every outlet will have the same views on this topics but hopefully people can see how clean energy can improve living conditions in the world.

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    1. Clean energy is a very timely topic as it falls under the big umbrella of “social entrepreneurship”: for instance NY state has programs to incentivize people to take on solar power. So this topic offers you interesting angles to think about a project — maybe even a marketing campaign for a solar power company…

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  13. The goal I picked was peace, justice, and strong institutions. I chose this goal because its one of the goals that I can relate to the most being apart of minority that experienced this issue for several years. A global challenge related to this is violence not only to certain minorities but to everybody and violence in all forms from police brutality to the Syrian War. Violence is a problem that people all over the world are facing. A local variation of this sustainable development goal would be the ravel ban that has and still is affecting people locally. I believe the media can be very helpful in helping provide awareness of these issues locally, globally and nationally and help people become more aware of the issues and help bring a resolve.

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    1. I appreciate you sharing your personal connection. I suggest you think of not only justice but also the issue of INSTITUTIONS — what local, NYC institutions could help here? You could think of government, or media institutions.

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  14. For my sustainable goal I have chose Zero Hunger. As I said previously in class, I have traveled abroad and have visited over 10 different countries. While on my journey, I noticed the struggle that every country faces with this problem. I have noticed first hand not only in the United States but all over the world. This goal hits close to home because I believe that no child or adult should ever go hungry but this is an ongoing epidemic at the end of the day and it has been for quite some time. An example of a global challenge would be the amount of young children who do not see past the age 5 due to dying of hunger. I have read many articles in previous times about this issue, but now even more all across the world that children do not even have the opportunity to grow because the lack of nutrients and even protein that young ones lack. When growing up at a young age that is a time where ones need to be indulging and eating the healthiest of things because they are just so new to the world. As I previously said before this certain goal is very important to me because of how crazy this world is that there are a lot of people out there that can not provide food for their family and themselves.

    A local variation of this challenge would be the amount of people who rely on soup kitchens, food pantries, and other amenities. Especially here in New York, where I have volunteered, there are lines around the corner of people trying to get whatever they can. Not only for themselves but for their families. It is devastating to see some not even have the opportunity to eat because of nothing being left or being late or even not enough room. The media and communication is a very important role with my goal not only can it get the word out there to people who need help or who can help but other applications being invented helps strive to give people all across the world to have something on their plate. Whether if it starting foundations or just word of mouth in areas that are struggling even more, the media it the key in making this goal successful. I believe as members in society we are doing what we can to help those that do not have anything to eat but if the world can take a step back and tune on in on whats going on around the world I feel as if we can have better progress for these people in need with this goal.

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  15. The goal that I chose is “Climate Action.” I chose this goal because Climate Change has been an issue of great importance to me since I first started learning about the Earth and the environment back in elementary school. In elementary school and middle school, conservation was really important to me. I made an effort to conserve water and energy in my home. Recycling was also of major importance to me. In middle school, I would wear T-Shirts with environmental messages, such as “Give a Hoot, Recycle.” Furthermore, my favorite celebrity ever that I fell in love with during my high school years is Leonardo DiCaprio, and he dedicated his life to being a major environmentalist, spreading awareness about climate change, and saving the planet. An example of a concrete case and global challenge of climate change is the fact that the polar ice caps are melting. There is concrete evidence of this from scientists studying both the North and South Poles. Polar Bears are an endangered species due to their home and terrain (ice) being diminished from climate change. An example of a local challenge due to climate change would be the fact that New York’s winters are getting shorter and milder. Since every year is documented as the new hottest year on record, New York’s winters have become significantly shorter, with much less snowfall, and much milder temperatures. This is a problem because the lack of the winter season is bad for New York’s local species and ecosystems.

    The media and communication technologies can play a major role in advancing my goal of climate action. Communication technologies, such as social media and websites, make it much easier to spread awareness, information, facts, and scientific data and evidence that climate change indeed exists and is currently occurring on a major and detrimental level. The news media can also play a huge role by further spreading this information, as well as challenging politicians on this issue. The news media has direct access to politicians and can question politicians who refuse to believe that climate change exists by providing facts and quotes from the scientific community. The news media can also question politicians on what actions (such as laws) they are taking to reduce the effects of climate change. Additionally, the public has greater access to their politicians due to communication technologies and is therefore able to reach out and voice to their politicians how they feel regarding climate change and the action they want taken on this issue. Therefore, the media and communication technologies can indeed play a major role in advancing climate action by spreading information and awareness on the issue of climate change and speaking to politicians to demand action.

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  16. Poverty is a world wide issue that affects every single country on the map. 836 million people still live in extreme poverty and live on less than $1.25 a day. 43.1 million Americans live in poverty and that is 13.5 percent of the population. The sustainability goal I chose was 0 Poverty and achieving this goal is very difficult. Poverty is more than just not having any money. It strips you of your ability to provide for yourself and your family and then It becomes a generational problem.It is because of poverty that many people don’t have access to many resources that could better their lives. America being a first world country makes us forget that there is poverty here as well. Though people below the poverty line here on average live on more than $1.25 a day the cost of living is much higher. Poverty affects economic growth, access to education and the health of many American’s daily. To start to do something about the issue locally we must begin with education. By funding the education of the youth you give them a chance to come out of the cycle of poverty they were born into. However school is not for everyone so I would encourage vocational training as well, which will give them an opportunity to learn a craft or trade of their choosing in which they can pursue a career. We also must create jobs for them to work, reduce expenses and taxes of people with this level of poverty, as well as provide better government assistance for these people. To get theses things done we must campaign and fundraise to fund some of these operations ourselves. We can start a non-profit organization to help combat poverty and through this non-profit and several social media campaigns we can gather enough support for the government to take notice and assist in the eradication of poverty in America.

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    1. It is SO interesting that you mention vocational training. As I may have mentioned last time, my grad students and I were involved in some UN events on youth entrepreneurship and your notes about more academic training were echoed in many comments: we need to teach (also) skills and entrepreneurial outlook.

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  17. I chose Goal 13 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This goal focuses on climate action, and encompasses both the brainstorming of innovative ideas and the implementation of already established regulations and concepts. I think this SDG is of dire importance because, throughout the past decades, our planet has come under extreme distress due to climate change. I believe that climate action is crucial for the well being of our planet and, ultimately, the future of the human race. Recently it seems that people have become more aware of the fact that they affect climate and, thus, they have become more involved in different climate action movements. However, the main problem still remains: big corporations and factories are not environmentally conscious enough. Like the page says, “Emissions anywhere affect people everywhere” and the efforts have to be implemented internationally in order to really make a difference. It is up to big corporations to take the first step, in the hopes that subsequent steps are then taken in order to decrease global warming and reduce the effects it.

    The challenge, however, is implementing policies and regulations targeted to increase climate action at both local and international levels. Besides the international effects of emissions by big corporations and factories, climate action at local levels is also hard to determine. For example, in my home country of Puerto Rico, water pollution and action targeted towards life under water is imperative but it has become increasingly hard to determine the actions that should be taken in order to relieve the waters. Also, in New York City air and light pollution have increasingly become a problem but it seems no one is truly making the effort to alleviate this. For that reason it is important for people to take action against the dangers of climate change and to, little by little, make a difference. The media and communication technologies play a big role in the involvement of people in climate action movements and the advancement of this Sustainable Development Goal. These outlets make it possible for millions of people to come together for a common objective and think of ways that they can collaborate towards action and success. They can also help bring attention to issues that people might overlook or be unaware of, making climate action movements accessible to everyone around the world.

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  18. I chose Education because I want to work in Higher Education for my future career. I want to work specifically with fraternities and sororities, but I am interested in overall education and how we can better the education system. In third world or impoverish countries there is a lack of education. There is a lack of higher education, but also basic reading and writing. Sometimes education is restricted for women or older children.

    In my local community I think we could better vocational education. I work with Veterans at my job and there is a lack of companies that will hire them for jobs because they are older and have less education, but more life experience. This is where the problem begins- lack of vocational education for adults. I think there should be more education for specific jobs and it should be accessible. This would create more jobs for people to teach these skills, and there would be more qualified people to hire. I think that media and communication technologies play a huge role in education and specifically this kind of vocational training.

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  19. The reason why I’ve chosen to research is sustainable goal #5, Gender Equality is because I feel like since we’re supposed to be living in a progressive time, we are currently being challenged by both those in high authority and half the population of this country who fail to recognize the need for equality in individual rights, pay, to name a few. As a woman, it saddens me at the stark reality that our gender plays a role in how we are treated or how we are expected to act. It wasn’t long ago that I’ve heard about something called, ‘Honor Killings’ taking place in the Middle East. This alludes to the murder of women who refuse to conform to customs which involves arranged marriages or any other traditional roles were justifiable in the eyes of their families as a means of restoring honor. Unfortunately, the lack of laws that fails to recognize that ‘murder as murder’ doesn’t give the right justice to hold families accountable or otherwise repress the rights that women have to choose. I feel as though with the amount of media that we have nowadays, I think that should enable pressure among international governments to reconsider the laws surrounding equality among genders considering the amount of coverage and discussion that the Women’s March on Washington had attained.

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    1. We know from many examples, and research, that gender disparities exist both in practice (from honor killings to non-equal pay) as well as culturally (gender-based harassment online is an unfortunate fact). You have plenty of topics to choose from.

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  20. I chose the Peace and Justice topic because there are many issues that have happened and are still still going on that effect us a nation. For example, the police shootings, gang violence, and beheadings overseas just to name a few. A concrete example of a global challenge would be Donald Trumps Muslim ban. This is a challenge to many muslims families because some people have lived in the United States, went home to visit their families and now cant return to their home. A local variation of that challenge would be the protest that happened at LaGuardia Airport because of Trumps Refugee ban. The role of the media and communication technologies in advancing peace and justice by bringing awareness to the issues of the world by reporting truthfully and honestly the issues that are amongst us.

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  21. The specific SDG I chose was Clean Energy for multiple reasons. Since I was young and in grade school, I’ve had a passion for the sciences; specifically physical sciences. Through high school (and even my first semester of college) I retained this lasting interest as I would often research physics topics on my own time. Despite this however, taking multiple mathmatics and physics classes my first semester made it apparent to me that higher math was not my strong suit. After that realization, I fell back on something that I was very good at; communicating with others. With all this taken into account, clean energy seemed like a perfect choice to put my communication skills, and my love for science, to good use.
    Clean energy has been a hot topic in the array of issues we face as a global society for decades. Despite becoming more publicized in recent times, the switch to clean energy that millions of people are calling for has not gotten any easier. The dependency on fossil fuels and outdated methods of energy, not only energy-wise but monetarily as well, has been enough to to stifle the spread of clean energy plants and options. Think for a moment the type of infrastructure and habit change just the city of New York would have to go through if everyone’s car was electric. There would have to be charging stations at quite literally every parking space, not to mention that every car would either have to be scrapped or converted to run electrically. Regardless of the huge disparity in the need for clean energy and the dependence on non renewable resources, the mainstream media has brought a lot more attention to the dire situation we are in as a planet. Even with a certain President saying that “climate change is a hoax,” people are more aware of this growing global issue then ever before. In my opinion, continued news coverage, along with social media activity and even in person events and rallies, could continue to bring this pertinent issue to the forefront and hopefully get people and governments to start thinking about their impact on the planet we live on.

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  22. The SDG that I chose is Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. I chose this goal for a somewhat interesting yet somewhat saddening reason; I believe it’s something that is often overlooked in developing countries. Think about it: It’s early May and you’re almost on your way out of school. It’s 90 degrees outside and you just finished a long day of classes. The only thing you want right now is a glass of water. So you head back to your dorm room, grab a glass, and fill it up with water from the tap. Not only does this meet your basic needs, but you don’t even think twice about it. You’re not worrying that this water will make you sick or put you in the hospital. But can we say that worldwide?

    My point is that although we may not be affected by unclean water and poor sanitation, it still exists. It seems we’re only privy to this issue when it affects us. For example, when crisis struck in Flint, Michigan water issues were drawn to light in the United States. The media now covered water accessibility and quality, warning the public of its challenges nationwide. This is a great thing; the role of media is incredibly important in encourage change. As I’m sure we’ll see throughout the course of the semester, sometimes a fix can be something as simple as changing mindsets. Would people in New York see the Michigan crisis as a local challenge (i.e. it affects the United States)? Or would they still consider it a global challenge (i.e. it affects the United States but doesn’t directly affect them)? And what would that say about poor sanitation in, for example, a small village in Ethiopia? Would we even care? I think the solution to the issue starts with both the public and the media understanding/accepting that clean water and sanitation is a human right that everyone, worldwide, is entitled to. Just because it may not be currently affecting our individual selves, doesn’t mean it’s an issue we should allow others to suffer from.

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  23. My reasoning behind the choice of the SDG “Reduced Inequalities” is honestly due to the relevance it has to my life. As a minority, including being a woman and black, we do suffer from the sexism and racism staining the frame of America. This is not only affecting me, but other individuals such as the Muslim community and the LGBTQ people. In timeliness to today’s occurrences, like the executive order for the “Muslim ban,” the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the rapid amounts of police brutality against minorities is having a serious impact on how this country is moving backward. The greatest challenge as of now is America electing an incompetent television host, who is racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic to be the President of the United States of America. As people come from different countries, different races, sexual orientations, and all types of lifestyles, we must understand that the U.S. is like a stir-fry, shining nice and break with different flavors of ethnicity and culture.
    A local variation of that challenging happening right in our backyards of New York as Muslim and Jewish communities are affecting by the ban and shut down their businesses to protest. Cab drivers, bodega owners, and other miscellaneous business owners are being impacted heavily on their families and businesses. This social injustice has to cease. We are now in a scarier time than ever for minorities and no one knows truly what danger lies ahead. But with the advances of social media, people are now being able to broadcast the reality of the hell they are living in their lives and the misfortunes they have to go through. With the click of a button and high tech cam-wear, people are live broadcasting the horrors around them without being identified or persecuted for their media. This time in history is crazy, and we finally have to accept what is actually happening and change it.

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  24. SDG 16: Peace Justice and Strong Institutions:
    Injustice. This word is defined as the lack of fairness, violation of the rights of others, or unfair action or treatment. Either way you put it, it means something is wrong. Personally, I’ve heard this word used constantly within the last 3 years due to all the awful events happening in the United States. Whether it was a school shooting, a person being murdered, police shootings, and racist acts of violence, injustice is happening everyday, and we witness most of it. This is why this topic is critical to me. We cannot move forward when we continue to repeat the past, and ignore institutiononal racism, and inequalities within our flawed government, not only within our country, but in others. Globally there are other countries far less developed and unstable than ours. The largest global issue besides global warming is poverty. There are so many countries within Africa where children are still searching for clean water and clothing. We see it all the time! The commercials, the ads, the videos we share on Facebook of celebrities or our peers visiting these countries on mission trips, the awareness it evident, but the problem still exists. A lot of this due to our world hunger problem, where the want for food in a country is high and the men and women whom live there suffer from malnutrition and hunger because extra help is not available from their corrupt or underdeveloped government. However, in the United States a majority of people indulge in the superficial costs and desires of money, and fail to remember the places that don’t have the same means. We need to be proactive to help end this, not speak about it for a moment then forget about it.
    If there will be peace and prosperity, there cannot be injustice. Meaning anything that holds a society back from progressing must be confronted. We as the people that cohabit this earth need to be involved in these issues, some way, and a good way to start is to look at your local issues and what’s happening around you. Being from a big and boisterous city like New York, so much happens everyday that media surely does not cover to its fullest ability. Through word of mouth of my peers I learned more about a huge local issue we don’t hear about enough which is sex trafficking, also known as human trafficking. It’s basically modern day slavery, another example of the past still in fruition, that involves the use of fraud or coercion to obtain labor of sexual acts, where traffickers lure their victims and force them into this commercial sexual exploitation. Traffickers also known as “pimps” lure girls through social media, dating, physically abduct young girls in the streets, and even illegally transport girls from other countries and force them into prostitution here. These stories have been reported right here in Queens, and several abductions happening throughout the five boroughs and the Bronx. In creating more awareness in our city as a start but our country, media needs to constantly report missing women everyday. Tell us until we know their names like our own. Send out alerts, post flyers. Also we must start knowing whom we live around and areas that you are high risk at. Young black and hispanic girls go missing everyday, more and more and for us not to follow up on this is unacceptable. We can’t change the future if people today aren’t informed, involved, or simply here to help end these prevalent problems during this time.

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  25. The Specific Goal I chose was innovation. The single thing that has made our world what it is today is innovation. Innovation to me is the desire to push culture, technology, and thoughts beyond what is normal. I believe all of the SDGs are connected in a way but nothing brings them together like innovation does. Innovation allows for our future world to be better and more efficient. With a lot of the issues our world faces innovation is extremely necessary and one example is the need for agricultural innovation in arid areas of the world who struggle to produce their own products naturally. A smaller example of innovation is to simply encourage the thought of innovation itself to young children. I believe the best way to enhance innovation is too preach it to younger children by showing them a small problem or something that is outdated in their community and telling them to enhance it. The media could play a massive role in enhancing innovation in our society. The power of media to show the products of modern innovation is one of the biggest motivating tools on earth. By using media tools such as social media and interactive advertisements that touch on the basics of developing an innovative mind, innovation will be sparked like never before.

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