Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
TEACHING SCIENCE AT THINK Global School comes with a distinct advantage not found at most other high schools: holding courses in a different country each term allows our teachers to turn their surrounding environments into lush organic classrooms. Lessons are often held outdoors amidst expansive foliage or underwater. By spending time in delicate ecosystems such as the Galapagos Islands and Iguazú Falls, our teachers are able to better impart onto students the dangers of global warming and pollution through experiential learning.
Few are more outspoken about the dangers posed to our environment these days than former Vice President of the United States Al Gore. Winner of a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on climate change, Gore’s book (and subsequent documentary film) An Inconvenient Truth has received both acclaim and criticism since its release. It was this topic of climate change that brought a select group of THINK Global School students and teachers to Harvard University recently. As part of the Paul R. Epstein Memorial Lecture Series, Gore held a talk entitled “Healthy Planet, Healthy People”, in which he stated that the consequences of global warming are nothing short of calamitous, but that he still believes in humanity’s ability to change for the better. In his talk, Gore also expressed his disappointment in the U.S. political system’s general ambivalence towards global warming but held out hope for President Obama in his second term.
“I am optimistic today also because, in his inspiring inaugural address, President Obama made the climate crisis the very first challenge he discussed and spent more words on it than any other. I was thrilled by that.”
After returning back to their dorms, the students that attended were asked to provide a written assessment of Mr. Gore’s speech. Their responses were spirited and insightful, and links to a selection of these writings can be found below. Also included is a trailer for the film adaptation of Mr. Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.
An Inconvenient Truth trailer: