Category Archives: Action Projects

We Feed the World Documentary Screening

In order to raise awareness about the issues surrounding the global food trade, our group chose to screen a documentary for anyone that wanted to attend. The documentary we chose to show for our even was Erwin Wagenhofer’s 2005 documentary, ​We Feed the World, which focuses on the impacts of the industrial production of food and factory farming. Furthermore, our… Read more »

TA: “How was your group action project?”

Pretty much the entire class: As opposed to taking my usual humorous approach to these blog posts, I believe it is best to impart some honest critique for future iterations of the group action project. The reality was that while well-meaning, the group action projects were not the most successful. While there was definitely a lack of motivation due to… Read more »

Social Change Starts at the Individual Level

Whew! Spring quarter is finally coming to an end and I could not have asked for a better ending to my quarter with finishing our group action projects. My action project group decided to focus on the political ecology of the mass livestock farming and meat production and focus on the negative impacts it has on our environment. Over the… Read more »

Mitigating Food Waste in the University District

Over the course of our Action Project, I learned many new skills and had experiences that enriched my learning and outlook on the topic of food insecurity. Each group member was tasked with contacting local restaurants and grocery stores to inquire about excess food that could be donated to local shelters that would otherwise be thrown out. In retrospect, I… Read more »

Action Projects for Ecological Justice

What’s your water footprint? / Image found on Max Pixel (CC0) Most classes throughout my collegiate experience have, for the final tests of the quarter, subjected me to either long essays or arduous exams. Certainly, these have been somewhat conducive to my learning–writing and time-crunch skills are those that definitely don’t stop being used in life. That said, I had definitely… Read more »

Contemplating Action

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After hearing horror stories of the crisis in Flint, Michigan, the dark reality for those in Cape Town, South Africa, and the many other challenges that citizens in Honduras, Mozambique, and Nigeria, I realized I wanted to learn more. For our group action project, we chose to tackle the theme of water. Specifically, we decided to look into the crisis… Read more »


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Our action project focused on the factory farming of beef, with a main goal of making people aware of the mass amounts of resources factory farming practices consume. To do this we decided to make an art installation, in which we hung 225 cups that each represented 2 gallons of water and then showed how this amount of water (450… Read more »

Real-world issues, and the real-world consequences.

From my action project, I’ve learned a lot, and not just in the scope of what our project was primarily focused on, which was hunger in America. This class taught me a lot about hunger- what it looks like, what causes it, what it looks like depending on where you are in the world. But I didn’t quite understand why… Read more »