The first lecture was about Quebec student activism and protests on a series of government environmental and economic policies like increasing tuition. It talked about how Quebec students were able to build this movement and how the student movement connects to other social movements to push for environmental justice. The lecturers, Rashi and Bedard-Wien argued that we are not living in a democratic society because we cannot decide what we want and we have no choice on our living environment. We still need to pay a high amount of tuition and tax, and we still live in a dirty air. The protest was just a way for the student to complain about the inequality of policies. The lecturers provide several examples of Quebec student activism to support the argument.
Even though the student protesting was not a good way to present the argument, it lets the government listen to the public and let other people know what was happening. In my opinion, I think Quebec students are very independent and courageous. They can fearlessly show their opinion and point out the lack of support from the government. Also, I think the protest like complaining about the environmental policies can improve the public’s consciousness of the environment. It is good for sustainability because increasing public awareness of the environmental issues can quicken the sustainable development. Therefore, I agree with Rashi and Bedard’s argument. Moreover, I think the student protest should be encouraged because we have rights, to fight for the unequal policies and against the pollutions that industries create. During the discussion and question period, fellow students asked some questions and pointed out some thoughts and opinions on the Quebec student protest behaviors.
The second lecture was about the documentary film – Revolution. It general talks about the environmental collapse, such as species loss, and what people, especially for youth, are doing to avoid it. Stewart, who is the director of the film, argues and encourages that we should fight for our future and the future of other generations if we still want to live on this planet. He supports his argument by showing a series of examples and numbers to show our environmental problems, and some activities, which were held by environmentalists to avert it.
From the film, we can see lots of negative impacts that human activities had on the environment that reduce the earth’s ability to support humans. For example, there are lots of illegal fisheries like indiscriminately killing sharks within the marine reserve. People trade those sharks for different kinds of purposes like making fish oil or food, “with up to an incredible 73 million sharks killed every year” (Australian marine conservation society, 2014, para 1). Now, there are lots of sharks at risk of becoming extinct. Actually, sharks are one of the top predators; they help to manage healthy ocean ecosystems including seagrass beds and coral reefs. Also, sharks can...