when the sky is darkest you can see the stars. except beijing is polluted. :)

Category: Humanities

Tiger and Lynx

Alex is happy right where she is. She’s always been content. But for some reason, Alex feels like she’s waking up. Remembering more… of her own life. The orphanage. All in one huge tidal wave. Another incident at the museum leaves Alex running until she finds shelter… in the most unlikely place.  An exhibit that seems like a zoo. All of the animals have something in common. They don’t exist anymore. They’re gone, but not temporarily. Forever.


What? So What? Now What?

What? So what?

One of the issues we’re dealing with today is the mass extinction of many species. This is caused by habitat loss and pollution, while poaching also plays a part. In this article, it states that “Recent studies in Europe have demonstrated that the species currently at highest risk of extinction most likely got that way because of human actions 50 to 100 years ago.” This shows that we are the problem. We are the ones who are affecting all these animals. And without a lot of animals, ecosystems can collapse and biodiversity decreases. Another problem is plastic pollution. Plastic cannot be biodegraded, so that means it’s there for a long time and in the meanwhile, can harm animals and us, through consumption and strangling.

Now What?

I can take initiative by using less plastic wrappers and containers. To help endangered animals, I can take part in clubs, like Roots and Shoots to help them! I can also spread the word to everyone and also educate people.


From Foragers to the Future


For the foragers, I chose a slab of meat, a foot, a hand with a mouth, and binoculars. The slab of meat is to represent how foragers got all of their food from hunting and foraging. Their diet consisted of all-natural items like berries and dear meat for example, but the meat are easier to see because bones can be preserved. Also, foragers got around by walking and running, without using any other means of transportation except for the occassional raft/boat. A foot is the symbol of running and walking. I also used binoculars to symbolize that they could only trade as far as they could see. I used green because ironically, this time was when the humans were most “green” with their usage of energy, and that green is the symbol of nature.


I chose toast, horse, a scroll, and a market to symbolize the farmer times. The toast is made up of bread with an egg, because these two are the products of farming, wheat and eggs from a chicken. A horse is used to symbolize a classic horse and carriage which was their form of transport back then. The paper and quill is to symbolize the usage of letters back then, and the developing of language. But at this time, only wealthy people could afford books and to read. The market is their trading “spot” and that trade was a common thing nowadays, especially if you produced goods, like bread.  The color I went with was tan, because that was the color of wheat and other crops, and it was also the color of wood, which was a resource starting to be used.


This time area is us right now. I put some fast food, a plane, a speech bubble, and the whole globe. Food was hard for me since I didn’t know what food we ate right now till I remembered that fast food is very popular in America. So I put that down instead of packaged food, which I was going for. I also used a plane, since we use planes to travel to different areas for vacation. For the communication, I put a speech bubble. This is kinda like our messaging sites, but we still talk to each other and lead very social lives, so we can use that for both reasons. The last one is the globe. I chose this because it reminded me about how countries trade with each other, importing and exporting goods to each other. So our range of trade is pretty wide… heh. I chose a deep red color as it’s kinda the color of rust? But it’s close to black (which is the color of our skies in the future, shush) and I feel like this means that we’re getting closer to polluting the earth? And it’s the color of smoke. The style used in this one is more sketchy, which emphasizes the use of a drawing program for it (which signals advances in technology.)


I struggled with this a lot. For food, I chose a bug. But it looks oddly glitchy… maybe it’s to do with 3d printing food or the use of technology in food? The second one for transportation, I chose a hovercar. This may not be what I was aiming for, but I didn’t find any other icons. It symbolizes how we’ll develop cars to do a multitude of things though. For the communications, I chose someone Facetiming another person. It really is vague, but maybe we’ll develop some sort of wireless technology that allows us to communicate with anyone in the world? The last one is a screen with stocks on it and demographics, which allows us to monitor trading. I believe that in the future, maybe with a click of a mouse, we can trade instantly? And get the items shipped to our house in no time. For this one, I tried to look for ones with many shapes and I chose the color blue since it reminds me of being connected, and blue is a calm color, as if we’re totally immersed in our digital world.


This may not make sense because I haven’t posted my poster yet!


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