Changing Climate, Changing People

It seems that climate change is less a result of physical actions and more of a result of an age old system. Capitalism has fostered a human dependence on fossil fuels, a need for consumerism, and economic expansion. Money and greed are killing our planet, especially as of late. Within the last ten years temperatures have risen significantly and if something is not done quickly it may be too late (Capitalism vs The Climate).
I find it sad that some areas that severely suffer from the effects of climate change have no major economy, and therefore do not contribute largely to the issue. Take for example the Carteret Islands in Papa New Guinea, they trade by means of shells- this is not one of the industrialized countries whose economic systems call for mass production, shipping, and drilling. Yet, these people were forced to leave their island as it is going underwater due to the rising sea levels destroying their farming land (Sun Come Up).
This is a prime example of structural violence, these people need food and a place to live but the system of industrialized capitalism is taking that away from them, no matter how indirectly. Just as with capitalism within a single country, the richest are receiving all the benefits and the poor are left to face the consequences. Capitalism is affecting those who do not even participate in the global system- how is this fair? By looking at climate change in terms of violence on other peoples and acknowledging the importance of saving cultures, perhaps we can call more attention to this issue and get a new group of advocates to step up.

References

http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/11/17/anthropology-and-climate-change-2/

http://www.suncomeup.com/film/Home.html

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Effects of the Economy on Technology Usage

As everyone is aware, the economy is not in the favor of the majority of people. Only a small percentage has access to all of their needs and wants, while the rest of us have to make sacrifices and work hard. New technology is able to help the sacrifices not have as huge an impact as before. One of the new technologies are the applications (a.k.a. apps) that people are able to get on their some computers and mobile devices, such as smartphones.

These apps allow people to save time, so they can work more, and save money. There are apps that allow people to meet others that are interested in being in a relationship. This allows people to save time by skipping the search in person and, instead, getting matched by an online source. People are also able to save money by getting apps that take the role of a person. In her piece titled App-ography: A critical perspective on medical and health apps, Deborah Lupton talks about how apps are being used not only in the medical world, but also by people in their own home. Doctors and nurses have started using apps quite a bit with their work, however other people also have access to these apps. Most of the time, people use health and fitness apps to track their weight or learn to exercises to keep them in shape. These apps take the place of the trainers at the gym or a nutritionist, therefore saving the person money.

If the economy was in better shape, these apps might not be as popular or important. When the people do not have access to resources they want or need, they will try and create ways to get to them. In this case, people are able to create and use apps.