Kwagala Ndawula, Grade 9
We are destroying the world in which we live, and I can't help but worry about where we will be if we continue down this course, where we act just to satisfy the needs of our people without considering the sort of impact our consumption has on the environment. I can still clearly recall the first time this occurred to me while I was seated in an I&S class, which could have been considered routine given the same old chairs, same environment, and same teacher. Nevertheless, I will never again have the same viewpoint on events. My teacher chose to show a video called "the story of stuff," which she explained was about climate change and our influence on the ecosystem. Although I was already familiar with these topics, the video gave them a whole new level of context. As the video's narrator discussed production, consumption, and waste. It bothered and intrigued me that a simple t-shirt requires a process of land exploitation, abuses of human rights and safety, and unlawful acts. All of this is done for one article of clothing that will be thrown away and placed in a landfill to decay and pollute.To be aware that thousands of individuals use such items and subject others to similar circumstances. I believed that there had to be an issue that needed to be exposed. There are still several brands and even individuals that need to be accounted for and assisted, despite the fact that many unethical clothes outlets have closed. This experience in the classroom not only captivated me but also motivated me to spread awareness in any way I could, whether it be by educating people about which brands to avoid or by buying more clean produce. By clean produce, I mean produce whose production process and market do not involve forced child labor or workers confined to chairs. This video I saw in class will always be ingrained in my thoughts and behavior.