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Transcript of Social Issues
Become the anti-bully!
You can change the world one day at a time...
In the US alone, it is estimated that 160,000 children per day miss school due to fear of attack or intimidation by their peers.
Fair Trade and Equal Exchange
Imagine that one of your friends is bullying a fellow classmate...Do you step in and help the victim or join in with your friend? Would you just walk away? What would you do?
Bullying is not just happening in school but also online, through texting and even in the workplace.
Bullying is seen everywhere from schools to home, every book, movie and TV show has a bully and a victim in it. Even children's books like The Ugly Duckling.
Studies have shown that bullying can have serious and lasting effects, both for the victim and the bully themselves...from depression and self harm to suicide.
The global child-trafficking market makes over $12 billion a year and effects over 2 million child victims.
As many as 2.8 million children run away each year in the U.S. Within 48 hours of hitting the streets, one-third of these children are lured or recruited into the underground world of prostitution and pornography.
The average "age of entry" for children victimized by the sex trade industry is just 12 years old.
AWARENESS BREEDS ACTION!
There are approximately 28 million people enslaved in the world today. That is more than any time in history.
Think back to yourself at the age of 12 or 13. Could you imagine being separated from your family and anyone you ever knew?
Rescue the weak
and the needy;
from the hand
of the wicked.”
Would you be able to live on less than $2 a day...That's less than a cup of coffee or a school lunch. How would you feel if you were forced to work for little to no pay at all and in extremely poor conditions?
How do you feel about Meatless Monday's? Is it something that you think you and your family could do?
Alcohol is the #1 misused drug in the U.S.
20% of Teens consumed their first alcoholic drink before they were 13 years old, and 24% of teens that have admitted to drinking have also reported driving while drinking or riding with a drunk driver
Smoking is the #1 cause of preventable disease in the U.S.
Approximately 55% of high school aged children have never even tried smoking
40% of teens have used marijuana at least once in their lives
3% of teens have reported using cocaine in the last month.
There are about 6% of high school students that abuse prescription drugs.
More than half of the world is living on less than $2 a day!
Fair trade makes it so there is a sustainable price that a company has to pay so that workers are payed fairly and equally.
Farmers are only making $1.30 on a pound of Coffee that is sold in the U.S. for $12.
In Ghana children as young as 5 are sold into slavery and forced to bring in fish often times having to swim 15 feet down to untangle nets and they do this alone or with other children their age. One boy states that his mother sold him for $20 to be able to feed his younger siblings...he was only 8 years old.
Off the Ivory Coast young children are sold and even some times stolen into slavery and forced to harvest cocoa. In its raw form cacao. Cacao beans come in pods the size of footballs and have to hacked open by a machete. They are often paid less than a dollar a day if they are paid at all.
If you were faced with a situation to either drink or do drugs what would be helpful in remembering to just say no?
REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT
The UN estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change.
MINIMIZE WATER USAGE
The water needs of livestock are huge, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef.
REDUCE HEART DISEASE, LIMIT CANCER RISK, FIGHT DIABETES, CURB OBESITY AND LIVE LONGER.
Making one hamburger pollutes the air more than driving a car 20 miles it also destroys more than 55 square feet of Rainforest, it uses more electricity than leaving a light on for 7 days straight.