Class Letter:
Greetings from the members of Team Schrodinger; Adde, Owais, Mohammed, Daniel, and Parth,

As we all full well know, The Global Teenager Project is a great program that allows students to interact with each other regardless of where they are in the world. In addition to expanding our knowledge about the given topics, we, as students, are also given an insight on the daily functions of a school that may not even be in the same continent us. Notifying ourselves of our differences will allow us, as a global society, to interact flawlessly. I shall begin this process of learning about each other by introducing myself. Short descriptions of my fellow group members shall follow.

My name is Mohammed Patel and I am, along with the rest of my group members, a student at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As far as my hobbies and pastimes are concerned, I enjoy a variety of sports, my favourites are road hockey, football, and rugby. I'm also an avid player of video games particularly on the PC. However, a large portion of my interest lies in the field of science. I absolutely love learning about the different roles and operations that "things" play in our daily live. Everything from the origins of the universe to the structure of an atom catch my eye. If something is genuinely quite interesting, I shall most definitely find it as such. I hope to find this to be an excellent learning opportunity.

My name is Owais Khan. I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I'm 16 years old. I attend Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute for my high school education. I like to play videos games and spend time on the internet. I think this will be a great and pleasant experience working together with students around the world.

Hi, my name is Daniel Chow. I also go to Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute along with the rest of my team members. I love to play sports of all kinds, and I am a member of many sports teams. I enjoy playing video games and studying the human mind. I find that psychology can be quite fascinating. I think that this project will be a great way to learn about the environmental concerns of other nations.

Hello, my name is Adde Mohamed and I go to Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute. I am working in the same group as Mohammed, Owais, Daniel, and Parth.I am 15 years old, and I am in Grade 11. I enjoy all sports, as I like being physically active. I enjoy winning at everything I do, and I believe that this project will allow us students from around the world to communicate.

Hi, my name is Parth Patel. I go to a school called Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute along with four of my group members. I enjoy playing outdoor sports, for example cricket, baseball, and rugby. I'm also good with online games, and actually enjoy showing off my skills on Youtube. I think this project will help us learn more about different environmental concerns around the world.

A mall near us (Scarborough Town Centre)
A mall near us (Scarborough Town Centre)

School Profile:

Our School is unlike many others in Toronto. Of course we do some similarities. We have sport teams, we try and focus on academics, and we recycle. All schools in Toronto recycle, but do all schools complete an audit of how much of our garbage goes where? For example, how much of garbage is placed in recycling bins? This emphasizes how much our schools values the environment. Our school runs like many other schools in Toronto, we have two semesters and a big break over the summer months. We have social functions such as The Annual Semi-Formal, which is basically a dance, and we also have a traditional prom for the graduating class.

Community Profile: Toronto is located in South Eastern region of Ontario. We are one of the biggest cities in Canada.

Toronto (CN Tower)
Toronto (CN Tower)

What are some ideas that various municipal governments use to promote energy-efficient initiatives?

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Question Answer

1.) How does one define a global issue on sustainability?

We define global issue on sustainability by; development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.This contributed to the understanding that sustainable development encompasses a number of areas and highlights sustainability as the idea of environmental, economic and social progress and equity, all within the limits of the world’s natural resources.

2.) Can we tackle one issue at a time, or do we have to work towards improving all of the at the same time, if our goal is to change environmental conditions for all life on earth?

If we were to tackle all the issues at the same time, nothing will be done the right way and we would find a lot of flaws in our work.
For Example;
  • 1.3 billion without access to clean water;
  • about half of humanity lacking access to adequate sanitation and living on less than 2 dollars a day;
  • approximately 2 billion without access to electricity;
Just looking at those numbers gives you a chill. Every country is or has tried to tackle all the issue at once, and this is the result of it. Over 1.3 billion without water, that's like saying all of Canada not having clean water. So therefore "slow and steady wins the race", if we tackle one issue at a time we will be able to solve it properly and on the right way.

3.) Why are international protocols and policies not being maintained?

International protocols and policies are made to help reduce our impact on the environment. While protocols and policies may be to help the environment, countries may not be able to sustain economically if they have to find other ways to find ways of power, places where to dump waste etc. The countries may recognize the importance of these protocols and policies but they do not carry out the guidelines and practices of the protocols or policies. Countries may not endorse the protocols and policies because they are unenforceable. These countries may not be able to meet the targets of the protocols that they signed, Canada backed out of the Kyoto Protocol in late December 2011 because they could not meet targets. Some countries were exempted from the Kyoto Protocol because they were developing nations.

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4.) If most of the countries in the world were on a level playing field economically, what might our world like like when in relation to environmental crises?

It is pretty well known to most of the world's population that the issue of global warming should be dealt with as soon as possible and that switching to more environmentally friendly alternatives is in the world's best interest, it isn't the simplest thing to do. Many countries, including North America and The European Union, are dependent on naturally occurring forms of non-renewable energy. This is exactly the reason why we freak every time gas prices go up a few cents. However, it is even harder to switch to less environmentally harming alternatives due to the sheer cost of switching. Charging some sort of environmental tax on consumers, such as the eco-tax on technology that is currently employed in Canada, is really only economically viable in developed countries where charging it is a non-issue to most. But the fact of the matter is, the same thing cannot be implemented in developing countries. This is where the issue of global economic imbalance comes in. At the end of the day, "fixing" our environment will be a long, agonizing struggle to keep a delicate balance between economical and environmental concerns.
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