Dear president-elect Donald Trump

Dear president-elect Donald Trump

Congratulations on becoming the new president of the United States. I believe that this won’t be the end of the world like many people says. It might be though, but thats dew to your views on climate change. Not because you want to build a wall between Mexico and the US, or because you think countries need more nuclear weapons, or because you said you’d date your own daughter if she wasn’t related to you. But you claiming that climate change and global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. That’s what may lead to the end of the world with you having responsibility for the most powerful  country in the world.

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According to the documentary “Before the flood” made by national geographic, 97% of climate change scientists think that global warming is real. Why shouldn’t we believe them? You have a bachelor in economy, but these scientists  have years of education, experience and knowledge dedicated just to changes in the climate. They have dedicated their life to find solutions to the challenges we face with the sea levels and temperatures rising, and the poles melting. Then I wonder what basis do you have to make such a statement? Your four year business degrade?

The purpose of this letter is not to make a foul of you. You have made it perfectly clear to me that you are in good conditions of doing that yourself. In stead my goal here is to prove you wrong. I am afraid you will realise too late that with the sea levels rising, will your precious Florida be a state where no one can live in the end. Species from rainforests and the arctics will no longer exist. If we let this go too far, humans may not be able to live on the earth anymore. Like it or not the temperatures have been rising frightening the past years.

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Picture source: https://cs.lbl.gov/news-media/news/2013/special-feature-supercomputers-map-our-changing-climate/

When you look at these pictures, what do you think? Do you think their all faked be the Chines?

Business Insider writes “Trump says clean water may be the “most important issue we face as a nation for the next generation,” and it will be a “top priority” for his administration.” (http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-climate-change-global-warming-environment-policies-plans-platforms-2016-10?r=US&IR=T&IR=T). With the climate changes there will be no people to create clean water for. Poverty, terrorism, unemployment and clean water are all very important issues. None of these on the other hand put the planet earth in danger.Therefor it is important that you also understand the danger of not doing anything to the constant rising temperature. There are serious consequences for pretending like nothing is happening. I hope that when you become president you will take som time to listen to different views on the climate change issues.

Sources:

https://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump

http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-climate-change-global-warming-environment-policies-plans-platforms-2016-10?r=US&IR=T&IR=T

https://www.beforetheflood.com/explore/the-experts/

https://cs.lbl.gov/news-media/news/2013/special-feature-supercomputers-map-our-changing-climate/

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The Good Lie

We watched the movie “The Good Lie” in class today, it is a movie about siblings who escape from the second sudanese civil war. After their families and village are massacred they start walking through the country to find safety. Mamere (Arnold Oceng), Paul (Emmanuel Jal), Jeremiah (Ger Duany), Theo (Femi Oguns), Daniel and Abital (Kuoth Wiel)walk together and are joined by other refugees along the way. One night they sleep in the grassland, but the next morning Mamere gets up and sees two enemy soldiers. He quickly lays down on the grass again, the soldiers still saw him. Theo hides everyone and says to the soldiers that he’s alone. They take him to custody and the rest of the siblings gets away. They arrive at the refugee camp in Nairobi, Kenya after all. Daniel gets sick and dies at the camp a little after they arrive.

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Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal and Kuoth Wiel are all survivors from the Sudan civil war. The war ended in 2005, and the movie came out in 2014. Get Duany came to the United States when he was sixteen after he fled to Ethiopia. He was recruited as a child solider during the war. Emmanuel Jal is also a former child solider, but has a different story. He met a woman named Emma McCune who convinced him he shouldn’t be a child soldier. Emmanuel was eleven years old at the time and Emma McCune adopted him. She helped him attend school and after she was killed in a car accident her friends helped him continue school. Kuoth Wiel came to America with her family when she was eight years old. Now she lives in Los Angeles and is an actress.

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To start a new life in a country with a new culture isn’t easy. In the movie you get to see that there isn’t always easy even though they’re lucky to be offered a new start. It’s a new language, different laws and norms to adjust. You get to see how generous and thankful these refugees are compared to many, in this case, Americans from the movie. They share their food and give big thanks to everyone that help them. There is so much they need to learn, but they don’t have a lot of time.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Sudanese_Civil_War

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good_Lie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuel_Jal

http://dfsmag.com/it-could-have-been-me-kuoth-wiel-shares-her-freedom-story/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger_Duany

My advice to the Minister of Education

Last Friday I went to a conference at NHO with my International English class where we listened to teachers, companies and politicians talk about technology in schools. There were tre teachers (including our english teacher) who spoke about their experiences with new technology. It was really interesting to listen to how they have to deal with the technological changes in the society, and how they have adapted to this. This was the engaging to hear, because it gave me a insight in how the teachers felt.

So my advice to the Minister of Education after listening to the teachers is to adapt the schools after the technology today. Get teachers motivated to use new learning techniques, but do not over do this. In my opinion giving out iPads to small kids is wrong, I think this distracts them from learning their curriculum. In such a early age school is not supposed to be so serious. Giving out iPad is allowing kids to play on them instead of listening to the teachers. I am very pro using technology to make students more engaged in the lectures, but there has to be a limit on how much technology being used.

One of the teachers at BI had many great ideas on how to include technology in her lectures and outside school time. She made short youtube clips to share with her students that gave them something to reflect on until the next lecture. Since there are a lot of students in one class at BI she found a soft box she could use. The box is soft and has a microphone, so when she asked a question in her lecture she could throw it to whoever she wanted to answer. I think her ideas is just the amount of technology there should be in a class at school.

Technology in school should be more customised the society we live in, it is not like we suddenly will stop using technology. The society can not adjust the schools, therefor schools have to give after. This is also something teachers should be aware of. I know many teachers not like these changes, but this is just how the society is developing.