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April 30, 2008

Volunteer Journal #3

On Friday, March 28th, I volunteered at Commonbond's Playhouse Parade. This even took place at Mall of America. Five playhouses were built by different companies in the area and donated to Commonbond for a silent auction. The profits went to the organization. I worked at a station with two of the playhouses, they were stationed throughout the mall, giving people information on Commonbond and the auction for the playhouses. I also sold raffle tickets for a sixth playhouse. The Playhouse Parade is a very unique idea that seemed very successful. Everyone I spoke with loved the playhouses. They weren't your traditional playhouses. I would love to have one now even!
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My favorite!
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This is the playhouse that was raffled off.

April 24, 2008

Blog #8

Ensure Environmental Sustainability

When I think of environmental sustainability, I think of green living and conserving our resources. The group that presented on Monday really expanded my views on the subject. I loved that they covered several topics about sustainability. The web was a good presentation idea because sustainability can be expanded into many forms. Although it was a unique idea, it was very hard to follow. I did like that it was much more interactive for the viewer though.
This group covered the goals of the UN very well. These goals include:

1. Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs; reverse loss of environmental resources

2. Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss

3. Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water

4. Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020

I really enjoyed the part of the presentation that focused on water. We all know that water if an important part of our lives but we really don't appreciate it as much as other cultures do. It is easy for us to just turn on a faucet and have clean drinking water; many people do not have this luxury and we take it completely for granted.
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This group made great points about being environmentally sustainable in your daily lives. I loved the idea of planting your own garden, purchasing sustainable items, reusing furniture, and voluntary simplicity. America is driven by consumers and we are the number one contributer to global warming because of our actions. I really liked how they brought up the idea of educating children on the issue. If they learn these things young, it will have a better chance of sticking with them in the future. They will develop healthier and more environmentally friendly habits that will lead to a better world. Overall, this group did a great job presenting and covering several topics within their UN Millennium Development Goal. It was well presented and interesting!

April 2, 2008

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