Well, today is the last call for chicken orders - if you want some, message me ASAP! Find the info here.
The rain barrel fundraiser has been extended, as we now have a set date and location! You can pre-order your barrels until June 15th. We will be having our sale at the Kitchener Market (300 King St. E) on June 22nd, from 7am-2pm. We'll be located outside on the piazza, so come on by and say hello (I promise to remind you all the Thursday before the event)! Oh, and by the way - it is an amazing price for the quality of product you are receiving - rain barrels are typically sold for $60-150 in retail stores, and our price is $50! Visit www.rainbarrel.ca/indevours to place your order.
Now for the comment on development. One of my professors used this political cartoon in one of her presentations, and I just think it is one of those images worth a thousand words. There is so much truth and in it.
I think this image is an accurate depiction of how the 'Western', 'developed' (or whatever you want to call us) world has taken advantage of the other nations, beginning in the time of exploration and colonization. The one comment I would make on the image is that it neglects to depict our similar treatment of South America and Asia.
Anyhow, the truth of this struck me when I saw it, and I was shocked at the suddenly overwhelming feeling of guilt that I had, as I recognized in this simple cartoon, the story of how I came to have all the objects and general wealth that I possess.
What do you think about this map of the world? Does it make you wonder?
I think that if you feel guilt then perhaps this isn't the field for you. Just like someone in Angola, you didn't choose where you were born. So why should you feel guilty for the standard of living you're entitled to as a Canadian. Any immigrant coming to Canada seeking a better life would do the same, and enjoy the fruits of one of the best countries on the planet, Canada. So opposed to feeling guilty, future development practitioners should see opportunities for change. I for one, do not feel guilty for being born in Canada. I use as little as possible, consume local goods, and read labels to make sure my products are made in respectable circumstances; and when the time comes, I'll be using tools to get others to the same standard of living.
Thanks for your comment, Corey!
This cartoon also struck me in class and that it's depressingly accurate. I try to be conscious of where the things I buy come from but it is difficult to source everything this way. My hope is that we can get past this situation one day and live in a society where there is give and take on both side.
Agreed. It is very difficult to constantly be vigilant to source items you want to buy, and I find it particularly hard in the realm of food, when you don't really want to spend hours upon hours researching and reading about it, you just want to get it and get out of the store. Do you see a way for our society to move into the one that you hope for?
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Welcome! My name is Katiana and I am a development professional pursuing my dream to live out Isaiah 1:17 to the best of my abilities. I am passionate about teaching and working with vulnerable families and children to improve their lives sustainably.
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