easy consumerism

By Jeanne Beaudoin from France

 

Consumerism is the protection or promotion of the interests of consumers and the preoccupation of society with the acquisition of consumer goods. What is the great danger of consumerism today? First of all, we will talk about the danger of consumerism for each one, and then we will talk about how consumerism is dangerous for the world.

 

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The society is dangerous for every mind because everything is too easy: we want tomato; we just have to go to a shop and buy tomato. Everything we want is possible because of the consumerism. This facility is negative for everybody because we become selfish; we are just some complacent yet covetous heart. We don’t know the real difficulty; everything is served on a silver platter. We’ve never have to fight to eat, to drink water, to take a shower… Everything we need is available. And because everything we need is given, we are every time searching something better, something we can’t have. We cannot appreciate a glass of water because it is unlimited. We are eternally unsatisfied. We do everything for our own interest and it is always difficult to do something if it is against our own inte

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rest. Why would I like help each other if it’s difficult and if I can stay in front of my TV? Consumerism cut our interest for the world off. It is very dangerous because often some people never realize this. But, it is also dangerous for the world.

 

Consumerism is daRésultats de recherche d'images pour « consumerism »ngerous for everybody because it gives us everything we want, letting some people being selfish. But it is also dangerous for our environment. Due to consumerism, the world is going to die slowly. To have beautiful clothes and furniture we kill lots of sheep, elephants, snakes and other animal species extinctions have happened at times. To give us lots of paper, we create deforestation. It is very selfish because we won’t have enough oxygen since trees are lungs of the Earth. Consumerism entrains climate change from the smog of enterprises and powerful countries. Consumerism also creates a big difference between rich and poor people. When someone is poor it is very difficult for him to leave this circle of poverty. Poor countries have lots of difficulties to live next to very rich countries because of this consumerism. It’s almost impossible to become a rich country for a poor country because rich countries try to steal their wealth (petroleum…).

 

In conclusion, we can say than consumerism is negative from every point of view. I hope in the future we will find a solution to have less selfish people and a better world.

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Should animals be used for scientific and commercial testing? by Stella, Germany


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General information:

An estimated 26 million animals are used every year in the US for commercial and scientific testing including mice, rats, fish, birds, guinea pig, farm animals, cats and dogs.

They are used to develop medical treatments, determine the toxicity of  medications, check the safety of products destined for human use.

In additon, to the torment of the actual experiments, animals in laboratories are deprived of everything that is important and natural to them.
They are confined to barren cages, socially isolated and psychologically traumatized.
Most of the torture is legal.

Legal tests include: burning, poisoning, starving, forced, smoking, mutilating, blinding, electrocuting, drowning and dissecting without painkillers. They also get cut open without any painkillers.

The reality is that the majority of animal experiments do not contribute to improving the human health.


AGAINST
the scientific and commercial testing

Many organizations try to follow the three R rules to improve the torment of the animals using for scientific and commercial testing:
Replacement
replacing animals with non-animals tests
Reduction
using fewer animals to do research
Refinement
emphazies the fact, that if companies are going to use animals for your research, they have to make sure that those animals are treated at the highest (ethical) level

Alternatives to replace animals in science:

  • in vitro (test tube) test methods and models based on human cell and tissue cultures
  • computer models and simulations
  • stem cell and genetic testing methods
  • microdosing (in which humans are given very low quantities of a drug to test the effects on the body on the cellular level, without affecting the whole body system)

Why is replacing animals in science much better than using animals for testing? Are there any advantages in non-animal testing?

Yes, replacing animals in science with different alternatives has several advantages.
It is cheaper, faster and companies can test more chemicals.
It is not only more effective for science, but also more reliable and more human.

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PRO the scientific and commercial animal-testing

  • Animals themselves benefit from the results of animal testing
  1. If vaccines were not tested on animals, millions of animals would have died from rabies, distemper, feline leukemia, infectious hepatitis virus, tetanus, anthrax, and canine parvo virus.
  2. Treatments for animals developed using animal testing also include pacemakers for heart disease and remedies for glaucoma and hip dysplasia.
  3. Animal testing has also been instrumental in saving endangered species from extinction, including the black-footed ferret, the California condor and the tamarins of Brazil.

 

Interview with Katharine Coenen from Germany

By: Marina Santos, Brazil

 

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How old are you?   A: 24 years old.
What’s yor favorite food? A: Pizza.
What do you like to do in your hometown?  A: Hangout with friends, ride bikes and go to the gym.
What’s your favorite place here in SB? A: Steans Wharf, a pier with many restaurants.

Why did you choose SB to study? A: Because I love small cities and California is a  good location and the weather is nice.

 

What citizens of Santa Barbara think about EF students ?

By Jeanne Beaudoin, France & Sally Mousset, Belgium

We have chosen this subject because we hear every day a lot of things about how people see us. We have taken 2 videos of people who work on State Street and we have asked questions to a bus driver but he didn’t want to be recorded.

We are going to put the link of the 2 videos at the end of this article. People that we have recorded were very nice and both of them like the fact that there are all these international students in Santa Barbara.

However, the bus driver wasn’t so happy to have an EF school on Chapala Street. He said that most of us were friendly and polite, but otherwise he has problems with EF students. He told us that most of the time, they put their foot on the chairs. They also eat in the bus and they just leave their waste in the ground.

“Most of the time, they listened to their music and they aren’t polite with old people.” ” I always need to tell them to keep calm and to give their seats to the old person.”

Even though he has bad experiences with these students, he has no problem to one day host EF students because he thinks that it’s a good way to discover other countries in the world. He also told us that it’s a good idea to give the opportunity to these students to learn English here.

With this project, we learn that sometimes it’s true that we need to pay more attention to the citizens of Santa Barbara, but we really feel like home here so sometimes we forget that there are also rules here we need to follow.

Jeanne & Sally

 

Link of the video : https://youtu.be/DO5J57qUdmE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Is Children’s Development Influenced by Picture Books?

Name: Kyoka Narita

Country: Japan

Recently, the numbers of children who use smart phones before they sleep instead of reading picture books are increasing now. Do you know how important picture books are? I strongly encourage the parents who provide smart phones to their kids to give picture books to their kids instead. There are a lot of factors that picture books provide, such as a great influence to children’s development. Let’s take a look at some influences below.

  1. Make children’s brains more active

While parents read picture books to their children, the children’s limbic system of the brain works more actively than usual.  The limbic system of the brain is one of the most crucial parts of our body which administers our controls, the need for sleep, emotions and memory. In addition, colorful picture books can be an excellent influence on their optic nerve. From this influence, children can get a superb sense of color.

  1. Communication skills

When parents read books to their children, parents usually change their voices, such as a sad voice, a happy voice and the other voices of feelings because parents want their children to comprehend the main character’s feelings. Parents also change their facial expressions while they are reading. Therefore, children can learn a variety of feelings: happiness, enjoyment, sadness, anger and the other feelings. The skill will be helpful to children when they communicate with other people. For example, children can identify how people feel because they have already learned some feelings through picture books.   Therefore, reading about a variety of characters’ feelings has a positive influence on children’s communication skills.

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  1. Improvement of vocabulary and expression skills

One experiment shows that, in terms of children’s vocabulary skills, children are influenced by the amount of words that parents speak to their children. There is no doubt that parents talk to their children every day. However, you have to acknowledge the fact that it is just spoken language. Picture books are written in proper words and there are a lot of onomatopoeic words and adjectives. Owing to proper words, onomatopoeic words, and adjectives, children’s vocabulary and expression skills can be improved. If children have limited skills of expressions, they will face challenging circumstances because it is hard for them to interpret their observations appropriately. On the other hand, if children’s vocabulary skills are developed, they can acquire high skills of expressions. Likewise, these skills can be useful when children learn other languages.

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  1. Improvement of curiosity

When parents read picture books to their children, they will ask a lot of questions to their parents about picture books plots. For example, “why does she/he feel like that?” or “why did she/he act like that?”     If parents are able to answer every single question, children can consider and comprehend more deeply. Therefore, answering the questions stimulates the children’s curiosity. Moreover, some experts consider that curiosity is helpful for children’s brains in terms of their memory.

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In conclusion, picture books have a lot of worthy influences on children’s development. I strongly encourage parents to read picture books to their children instead of giving them smart phones.

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