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First Task

Search and select three (3) documents (web pages, articles, videos, …) of the topic of your course and explain why those documents are relevant for the course.

Promoting sustainability through green chemistry : Mary M. Kirchhoff

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921344905000224

Green chemistry is an important tool in achieving sustainability. The implementation of green chemistry, the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances, is essential if the expanding global population is to enjoy an increased standard of living without having a negative impact on the health of the planet. Cleaner technologies will allow the chemical enterprise to provide society with the goods and services on which it depends in an environmentally responsible manner. Green chemistry provides solutions to such global challenges as climate change, sustainable agriculture, energy, toxic in the environment, and the depletion of natural resources. A collaborative effort by industry, academia, and government is needed to promote the adoption of the green chemistry technologies necessary to achieve a sustainable society.

Green Informatics: ICT for Green and Sustainability : Zacharoula S. Andreopoulou

http://real.mtak.hu/23913/1/89_371_1_PB_u.pdf

Information and Communication Technologies can play a key role in the environmental protection, the environmental sustainability, the environmental education and the rural sustainable development. Green IT enhances the sustainability of computing through manufacturing lower impact materials and products, reduced energy consumption of data centers and computers, and better recycling and end of life management

Ensuring sustainability with green nanotechnology : Stanislaus Wong, Barbara Karn

http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0957-4484/23/29/290201/pdf

Nanotechnology offers immense promise for developing new technologies that are more sustainable than current technologies. This article deals with its possibility for making more sustainable product.

ANG TSHERING SHERPA : Visionary Person Assignment

Ang Tshering Sherpa also popularly known as Dawa Steven Sherpa is a Mountain guide and Adventure pioneer from Nepal. He is involved in various organizations and Projects related to mountain conservation and Mountaineering. He is also awarded various recognitions nationally and internationally for his efforts in the field. The most important points that led me selecting him is his motives for cleaning the mountains of Nepal. Every year many tourist from around the world visit mount Everest and these results into piles of waste material left in mountains from gas cylinder to water bottle. As normal people living in low heights cannot even imagine to try mountaineering he has taken the lead of cleaning the mountains which is great in itself. Another point is his contributions towards glacier and nature conservation. Due to climate change mountains are menting twice fast as other region, he has been working with national and international organizations to bring this fact to the world and create awareness towards it. References: 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_eWMpoAywM 2. http://www.asian-trekking.com/news-and-updates/item/277-young-nepalese-environmentalistwins-prestigious-international-award.html

Nepal's Sustainable Village

Edx Course : Philosophy and Critical Thinking

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Create 4 exam questions

Create 4 exam questions representing the course contents. Explain why the question is good.

SUSTAINABILITY: A HISTORY

1. Do you think the progress in sustainability was good? Point out some of the mistakes or lags in the history of sustainability so that it will not be repeated again.

         During reading the book we could easily see some of the mistakes history has made towards obtaining sustainability. This question will check the ability of the person to see mistakes in obtaining sustainability so that those mistakes would be checked in future.

2. What could be the possible ways to deal with the 10 challenges explained in the book? Please put your own perspective.

This will be the second question from the book sustainability: A History. This question would be appropriate because up to the end of the book we learnt about the progress on sustainability, how it evolved, who were the key players, what international and national organization did in progress and at the end book finishes by pointing 10 future challenges but forgets to point out probable solutions. So, if we could press more on this solution part then it would generate idea and let us view different perspectives from different minds and see how sustainable minds they actually are.

COMPUTING RESEARCH

3. Are you satisfied with the current use of Computer Science and Technology for Sustainability? What could be the ways we could better use for achieving sustainability goals?

       During reading the book we could find several uses of the computer science and various technologies for use in sustainability. This question will try to bring the creative ideas of the person to better use it in his own perspective.

4. List out the 10 changes in use of IT for sustainability that you would make to current system in your country.

      This question will focus on the persons green mind ability. This will allow him to think about how he could use IT to make changes in country to progress towards sustainability. The list and his point will reflect his understanding of sustainability and how good is he at generating green ideas.
      
      
      

Individual task after third seminar - Conservation School: Nurturing Green Minds in Nepal

Video Link : https://youtu.be/r-mG3F_a4kA

Website : http://greenhood.org.np/

Greenhood Nepal is a non-profit making, youth led environmental organization. Established with the vision to involve young minds in taking action towards sustainable future and proper utilization of prevailing natural resources. Nepal went through a state of prolonged political instability marred by civil war, which favored for the growth of rampant corruption, illegal wildlife trade, and massive deforestation. Even after the peace process, the situation, rather than being vanished, turned out to be a culture. Greenhood envisions educating, inspiring and engaging youths in biodiversity conservation throughout the nation. Greenhood believes that young minds can persuade change in people attitude towards biodiversity conservation and ensure a better place for people and planet. To educate youths about nature conservation, inspire them for sustainable use of natural resources, and engage them in biodiversity protection to ensure grass root level communities are involved in creating a sustainable future.

This is a good initiative for changing education systems to include courses and camps for conserving nature and making students mind more concerned about nature and encouraging them to conserve nature.