Blog to Raise Awareness! (Global Warming, Communities, "Green" Companies)
There were several people in our class that wanted to do blogs for the new action. Thus, we all decided to do separate blogs but focus on something different. Sometimes it can get overwhelming if too much different information is under one blog. I focused my blog on global warming, how communities are becoming more eco-friendly, sustainable development and also how companies are becoming more eco-friendly. Eco-friendly means that it is an action in which has no harmful effects on the natural environment. However, I plan to update my blog with new information frequently.
1.2Why this action makes things more sustainable?
To start, there are no tangible materials necessary to create a blog besides a computer and thus, there is not waste produced as a result of this action. This blog raises awareness to students and different measures that are currently taking place to help the problem. Although the topics that I cover may not directly effect students right now, but when they return home or in the future they can relate to these ideas and may decide to pursue them. It is improving the sustainability of IES Barcelona simply because it is raising awareness and showing that tons of people are out there trying to make a difference in many different ways.
Change in Attitudes: I think that after reading the different blogs students will be more informed about little ways that they can change their daily routines can make such a difference in the environment. They will see things differently and when going to throw a water bottle away they will second guess it and hopefully choose to recycle it.
Reducing dependency on...: with the current global situation with regards to global warming, sometimes students may feel an obligation to research ways in how they can help...but now this information is being sent straight to them and so it will be so easy for them to access it and follow through with some of these actions.
Ecological/Water footprints: Being aware of different ways in how students can be more sustainable will automatically decrease their ecological footprints.
Externalization of costs: There are no costs for creating a blog, but it does cost the time of the students to read the blog which they may all not be willing to do.
Long term effects: Reading my blog will cause IES students to think about the future. Discussing communities and "green" businesses are things that are in their future. Many may decide that they want to work for a "green" business or work for a company to make it more sustainable.
Free Software: The blog page is free and thus is considered a version of "free software." Although it costs time, the program is free.
Eco-effectiveness (vs. Eco-efficiency): If students take the actual measure suggested in the different blogs then the blog is considered to be eco-effective.
-easily accessible for students
-saves paper as opposed to printing out flyers
-does not actual money (but does cost time)
-raises awareness to IES students
-If there are a lot of blog about sustainability, not all of them may be read
-too much information on one specific blog post can overwhelm people and may not choose to read it
-IES students can make a difference
-the things that I mention will make IES students think about not only the present, but more so the future
-different websites may have different information and some could be inaccurate
Before the blog students may not have been aware of what global warming was or how they can help in their own communities. The blog may cause them to realize how they need to make a change and stop with their way of polluting and not being aware of how much waste they are going through. The balancing loop is that they will stop with their ways and decrease their ecological footprint.
Although there are not immediate benefits, a huge benefit is that the blog will raise awareness. It is so important for our generation to be aware of this because we are the future and we need to make a change now.
Although creating and reading (using) a blog does not cost actual money, it does cost time which may not interest many people. It costs time to create it, but it also costs time to read it.
I sent our sustainability class a link to my blog hoping that they will read it and give me feedback. Now I have posted my blogs to the IES sustainability website and hopefully students will take advantage of reading it.
1.3.1"Cradle to Cradle" design
There is no waste that comes from creating a blog. This is one of the reasons why I chose to create a blog.
1.3.2Questions for the unified survey
For my survey questions I asked if students would follow through with things that they learn after reading the blog. Once they have read the blog I would like to send out another survey asking:
1) In what ways have you changed your daily routines to be more sustainable after reading the blogs?
2) Do you think that you will continue these practices once you return home to the USA?
1.3.3Analysis of the results in the survey
IES students think that a blog informing them about ways to be more sustainable would be beneficial.
People looking at the sustainability website will be interested in the blog post; it is a convenient place to have a blog.
1.3.5Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
We now have our blogs posted on the sustainability club website.
1.3.6How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
Hopefully I will be able to post the link of my blog on the Sustainability Club website and thus, one of the next group of students can continue updating it as their continued action.
I chose to do my blog on tumblr. com because this is what Abby suggested. I usually use blogger.com, but for this purpose I felt that tumblr.com was better. It is very easy to use and you don't have to have a tumblr.com account to access it which is the situation most IES students will be in. Although a FLOSS blog would have been even more sustainable, for what I am using the blog for, Tumblr.com was perfectly appropriate.
1.3.8Copyright license of your report
I would choose license attribution CC BY. I think that it would be beneficial for people to add their suggestions and facts to the blog page. There is not much that could be falsely added to the page when giving suggestions of ways to help the environment. If I was doing a blog on a more right and wrong topic then I would not use this source of a license and would choose one that would only allow people to download my work rather than change it or add to it.
1.4Time-sheet / Chronogram
Last week of March: Get classmate's/professor's feedback
First week in April: Update Blog
Once a week in April: Update Blog
Last week April/First week of May: Post blogs to IES Sustainability Club website
1.5References & Links
The other blogs in this class will be posted on the IES sustainability club website where mine is posted and so students will be able to read a variety of different things about sustainability and be able to do so not having to search in many different locations; it will all be found in the same place.
Other places that students may want to visit to find out similar information are:
1.6Students involved in this action
There were several girls that wanted to do a blog. Vanessa and Mary created a blog along with me, Carla and Abby all created different blogs about different things. Carla was going to focus on transportation, Abby on food, and me on communities. We talked and worked together so that we would not overlap with each other's ideas. People can now access all of our pages in the same place.
Assignment 4: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)