Slow Disaster Discussion Post Questions

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  1. Comment on Shelter in Place like a film critic: How did the film affect you -- emotionally, intellectually, and ethically?  What information, visuals, and techniques were used to produce these effects? Which of these were most persuasive or powerful? Do you think any of these were misleading? What would make it a better film?  
  2. Comment on the film Shelter in Place like an anthropologist: How do different stakeholders portrayed in the film perceive and respond to the environmental health problems they are confronted with?  What likely shaped their perceptions?   
  3. Comment on the film Shelter in Place like an activist: Did you find the film persuasive and concerning? What injustices does the film portray and what could be done to fix them? 
  4. Do you live in a community subject to routine pollution (that you know about)?  If so, how do you know? How does information about the risk circulate in your community? Are community members concerned?  Are community members active in trying to reduce risk? If so or if not, explain why. 
  5. Comment on Place Matters like a film critic: How did the film affect you -- emotionally, intellectually, and ethically?  What information, visuals, and techniques were used to produce these effects? Which of these were most persuasive or powerful? Do you think any of these were misleading? What would make it a better film?  
  6. Comment on the film Place Matters like an anthropologist: How do different stakeholders portrayed in the film perceive and respond to the environmental health problems they are confronted with?  What likely shaped their perceptions?   
  7. Comment on the film Place Matters like an activist: Did you find the film persuasive and concerning? What injustices does the film portray and what could be done to fix them? 
  8. Many factors have undermined environmental, health and economic justice in Richmond, California.  What do you think should be done at this point and by whom? What should the government of California do? 
  9. What roles can you imagine playing helping establish “Green Zones” -- in California or elsewhere in the world? Will your college education give you relevant skills?  
  10. The 2019 Guardian article  “Minorities in the US breathe in more air pollution caused by white people” points to a study in which scientists developed a “pollution inequity” metric to provide  “a simple and intuitive way of expressing a disparity between the pollution that people cause and the pollution to which they are exposed.”  The study demonstrated that black and Hispanic people are disproportionately exposed to air pollution caused mainly by the consumer behaviours of white people in the US.  Do you think this is unfair? What solutions do you propose? 
  11. Describe how k-12 schools should teach students about routine pollution in their community. Should schools encourage students to become activists? 
  12. Make up a convincing, greenwashing claim about the vehicles that pollute many communities (include at least four sins of greenwashing).  
  13. Do a search for “air pollution” on the Environmental Health News website. Describe and comment on an article you find that is of particular interest to you. 
  14. What did you learn in this module that helps explain why it is so hard to reduce environmental health threats? 
  15. What did you learn in this module that helps explain why environmental health threats are worse in poor communities, especially communities of color?
  16. In what ways were the environmental health problems focused on in this module unjust
  17. What ideas do you have for reducing the environmental health hazards described in this module? 

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October 22, 2020 - 2:09pm

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Slow Disaster Module EiJ Discussion Questions 

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Anonymous, "Slow Disaster Discussion Post Questions", contributed by Kaitlyn Rabach , Tim Schütz, Kim Fortun, Prerna Srigyan and Maggie Woodruff, Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 22 October 2020, accessed 12 August 2022. https://disaster-sts-network.org/content/slow-disaster-discussion-post-questions