https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vlnICQPftc The topic of choice for our video was littering and how it greatly affects the environment as well as the plants, people, and animals in it. We gave evidence and facts about the way littering does affect different communities and why it's a huge problem. My group and I noticed how people don't really think of littering as such a big deal and doesn't realize the damage it is doing to our communities so we felt it was important to being informative on its' negative impacts on our communities. I played a role in the video as someone clueless as to to what littering does to the environment, I also gave some additional ideas on locations of recording and made sure I participated well in the group. I think I did a good job in doing my part in terms of completing checkpoints, participating in the group and being in the video, as well as helping where help was needed. I probably could've gave a bit more input on the script and recordings but all in all it turned out well. The most meaningful part in creating the PSA to me was finding out all of the issues and negative impacts littering has. I figured it had a bad influence on communities but I didn't realize how much damage it could do to not only our environment but everything in it including humans, so it was interesting, I learned a lot.
For our Public Service Announcement (the video) we decided to make a “Breaking News” video because we thought it would grabs people attention, and make people more aware of the situation going on with lead poisoning. In the video it is split up into different “segments” such as the Introduction, an interview, news reporters talking about the information that we thought was the most important to educate people about the problems of lead poisoning. I chose this topic because I was really interested in researching more about the lead problems in Philadelphia, and also I wanted to educate myself more on this topic. I really wanted to do this topic because I feel like more people need to be aware of this problem, and more people need to step up to fix the many issues that are involved in the city of Philadelphia. I didn’t know much about the lead problem in Philadelphia, and doing this project helped me gain more information and more knowledge about this topic, and also made me want to put a stop to this problem. We need to all come together to fix these environmental justice issues, and make Philadelphia a clean, safe place to live.
Throughout this process I’ve reflected a lot on what I have contributed to the project and the role I’ve played in the group. I contributed a lot for my group since the beginning of this benchmark. I reached out to my group members since the start to figure out if they wanted to be in the group, and which topic we wanted to pick. I contributed to the research part of the project by completing the questions / research I was assigned too, and also adding on to other parts of the research (such as additional research, or helping anyone who needed help for their part.). I contributed in the recording of the PSA too by recording my group members, and also helping them remember their lines, or giving ideas for the video. I also edited the video all on my own with the help of only of two of my group members. I believe my role for this project was to be a helper, and being the person to make sure I’m on top of things and so are my group members. I helped guided them through this project, and did anything they needed me or wanted me to do.
As I reflect on our benchmark that we were given, I believe that there was a lot of things that I did well for this benchmark, and a few things that my group members and I could’ve done differently. I believe throughout this whole process I was well at submitting all checkpoints on time, making sure I completed all of my work (my part) that I was assigned, recording my parts, and also communicating with my group members, and also editing. If we had another opportunity to redo this benchmark over again, I’d do differently is to not rush things, and take my time and look over what we have done because I rush a lot of times because I get stressed and feel the need to rush. I believe next time I would slow down, and make sure the work is done right, and that everything we need done, is finished.
The most meaningful part of this experience of creating this PSA would have to be learning more about the lead poisoning in Philadelphia. This experience made me realize a lot about how big of an issue lead poisoning is in the city. It was amazing learning more about it because we read an article earlier in the quarter about lead, and now we get to make people more aware about it, because if we make people more aware, more people will hopefully join in stopping and fighting to get rid of lead all together (or majority.)
In our video, the main topic of focus was environmental justice and how littering has it’s effect on the community. We acknowledged littering as a problem in society and gave a lesson on what littering does to a city, specifically the inter-cities vs. suburban areas. We chose this topic because we feel as though litter isn’t taken as seriously as it should be, and the effect it has on communities is much bigger than it’s currently made out to be.
There is severe lead poisoning in Philadelphia and it’s most common in children. The city doesn't have enough money to curve every child that has lead poisoning so they are the only concern for the ones that have a level 10 of lead poisoning. I think that not caring the children that have low levels of lead is very dangerous if it is not treated when it first starts then when it gets worst. So I think they should balance out helping the children with low and high levels of lead poisoning. I think they should find a way that parents can prevent lead poison from their homes.