Stumbled across this page today, it’s a couple of years old but the pictures are great. They really do make you think! Art can be a good tool for ‘deal[ing] with tough and poignant issues’, as the site says, and these coloured pencil pictures are great at showing the juxtaposition between the way we live and the way the majority of folk live.
[Drawing on World Issues via Visual News]
So it’s been a while, and I’m not going to promise a whole lot of regular posts (pretty busy at the moment!), but I thought I’d share this really cool website with you. I’ve been going along to Engineers Without Borders, a society at Glasgow Uni that looks to use engineering to overcome some of the issues facing developing nations, and at the meeting yesterday they showed a TED talk by a guy called Hans Rosling. He’s a statistician, and has made a phenomenal site which compares statistic data from just about every country in the world. I realise that description makes it sound pretty dull, but check out the TED video, and it’ll be explained much better.
Anyhow, here’s the link: Gapminder. Hope you find it interesting!
The world’s an absolute mess, it’s true, but there are some problems which we can help to fix. We can tackle homelessness by volunteering at shelters, for example, or petition companies for fairer trade.
Some global issues, however, require a bit more knowledge, way beyond the scope of the average human being. Anyone have a clue how to develop ‘flu medication to tackle drug resistant strains? Because hundreds of thousands of people are dying from it every year. When faced with huge problems as life-threatening as this, can we, as complete non-experts, do anything to aid scientists as they push towards a solution?
As it happens, yes we can.
The more you look into it, the more charity shops and expressly ethical stores seem like the only option. Another handy and cheap clothing store bites the dust, this time ASDA’s George range (this is a .pdf by the way, so you’ll have to download it):
The Real Asda Price [Found via Labour Behind the Label]
[Also, there go M&S, Debenhams and Next, to name a few… Taking Liberties]
[Also Also, in 2009 Labour Behind the Label did a helpful cross section of a bunch of high street stores, which can be found here.]
Found quite a shocking quote about Converse a couple of minutes ago, which sucks, because I really liked them. Thought it best to share it with you lot:
…At another factory, workers who are producing on the Converse line, (Nike owns Converse), are reporting daily verbal and physical abuse, including supervisors slapping workers, calling them “dogs,” and hurling shoe parts at them across the factory floor.
So yeah. May have to rethink this one. [Source]
At the risk of banging on about the same thing for too many posts, I thought I’d share this video with you that I found. Shane Claiborne wrote the book ‘The Irresistible Revolution’, which I love, and this is a really good introduction to who he is and what he stands for. But read the book! You can pick it up pretty cheaply here, or you can borrow it from me next semester, if you’re in Glasgow. :)
Yesterday I posted on the topic of the universal Christian family, and how, as a family, we should have the attitude of the early Christians, who “were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need (Acts 2:44-45).” This may well be more difficult today, as the church now numbers in the millions or billions, but that’s not a reason to sit down and give up. Jesus said that love between Christians would be the defining characteristic of his disciples (John 13:34-35), and love without action isn’t love at all (John 14:23).