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Question asked by Sachi Kumar on Dec 12, 2018
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Thesis #1: Social Studies can help us better understand the 2018 California Wildfires using Geography, Economics, and Historiography.

 

The 2018 California Wildfire season is recorded as the deadliest ever in California with a total of 8,343 fires burning over 1 million acres of land. Repairing the damages have taken 3.5 billion dollars. Social Studies can help us better understand the 2018 California Wildfires using Geography, Economics, and Historiography.

 

The first unit that relates to the California Wildfires would be Geography. The physical characteristics (defining traits or features of a certain thing) of California is a big part of why they get so many wildfires. They have always been prone to fires because of their high temperatures and less rainfall. This makes the vegetation dry out, making perfect kindle for a fire. The weather has been like this for a while, seeing as the wildfires date all the way back to 1932. California has learned to adapt (to adjust to new conditions) to their environment after so many wildfires. To help prevent these fires, they have started shutting off power lines at certain times to decrease the probability of having a fire from one. They have to learn to sacrifice some things in order for them to be safe.

 

            The California Wildfires have had an incredibly large impact on their economy (the wealth and resources of a country or region). As I stated in the beginning, they have spent 3.5 billion dollars on repairing the damage from the fires. This is however only the beginning, and the amount of money is just going to keep increasing. The firefighters are a service (A valuable action, deed, or effort performed to satisfy a need or to fulfill a demand) that also costs quite a bit of money. California has already spent 230 million dollars on emergency fire fighting since July 1st.

            The last unit that relates would be Historiography. People don’t realize that using the past of what happened in wildfires, they could find a possible solution for the future. It is a generalization (different situations that are being regarded as similar) that wildfires are the only unsolvable fire. It might be a lot harder to fix the problem because global warming is just getting worse and worse. Data (facts and specifics statistics collected for analysis) shows that hardening  homes is one step closer to helping with this problem. It costs quite a bit of money to fix all the houses after the fire, but if people harden their home, their is a higher chance of their houses not being burnt down. I am choosing to relate California Fires to the movie, The Land has Eyes. In the movie, the general public was forced to make heartbreaking decisions of whether or not to stay on the island or leave to safer land. The inhabitants were told that the water rising on their island could lead to very unsafe weather conditions due to climate change. They had to know what they need to sacrifice in order for them to be safe, and same goes for the people in California.

           

 

Question 1: Using a proper thesis structure, please explain how

learning about Social Studies helps one to better understand current events. (Excluding climate change, choose a local, national, or international current event - within the last 6 months - to focus on for your response.)

 

ISS Unit: 1 Anthropology

            Terms: Hereditary, environment, and culture

Hereditary- it is the passing of characteristics through generations (brown hair from a parent to child).

Environment- the surrounding or area that someone or something lives in and includes culture.

Culture- set of morals, codes, and traditions (the total way of life)

            Terms: Cultural bias

Cultural Bias-judging or interpreting occurrences off of standards ingrained to one’s own culture.

ISS Unit: 2 Geography

            Terms: Location

Location- Absolute position on earth in longitude and latitude.

            Terms: Human-Environment Interactions

Human Environment Interactions- How humans affect the environment and the environment impacts humans. (energy, economics, environmental issues)

ISS Unit 3: Historiography

Terms: Interpreting the significance of data

Data- facts and specifics statistics collected for analysis.

            Terms: Thesis and generalization

Thesis- A statement or theory that is made to be determined/proven if correct or false.

Generalization-A general statement or concept made by inferences based off on specific events.

 

Movie:

I am choosing to relate the telescopes on Mauna Kea protesting to the movie, The Land has Eyes. In the movie, the general public was forced to make heartbreaking decisions of whether or not to stay on the island or leave to safer land. The inhabitants were told that the water rising on their island could lead to very unsafe weather conditions due to climate change. This is relates to the telescope because the people of Hawaii need to make a good decision of whether or not it would be a good idea to put the telescope over there for government and astronomy issues or to not because of the sacred ground. Everyone’s input must be heard, just like in the movie, in order to make the most practical and qualified decision.

 

Question 2: Using a proper thesis structure, please explain how learning about Social Studies helps one to better understand how climate change affects Hawaii.  

 

Social Studies can help one better understand how climate change affects Hawaii using Economics

ISS Unit: 1 Economics

            Terms: Supply and Demand (using natural resources)

Supply- The quantity of a product that produces are able to make available for consumers.

Demand-The quantity of a product that consumers are willing to buy or purchase.

            Terms: Resources (Land)

Resources-materials we have at hand to use to satisfy our needs but could lead to scarcity.

Land- natural resources such as air, water, land, and minerals.

ISS Unit: 2 Geography

            Terms: Location

Location- Absolute position on earth in longitude and latitude.

            Terms: Human-Environment Interactions

Human Environment Interactions- How humans affect the environment and the environment impacts humans. (energy, economics, environmental issues)

ISS Unit 3: Historiography

Terms: Cause and Affect

Cause- The reasons behind occurrences and how it lead up to it.

Affect- How it impacts the environment and why it does so.

Terms: Interpreting the significance of data

Data- facts and specifics statistics collected for analysis.

 

Movie:

I am choosing There Once Was an Island because it showed how the community was faced with a big problem with their climate change conditions and they all had to work together to make decisions for themselves and their island. People either could stay on the island or move to safer land and each and every one of them needed to cooperate and band together which is an example for something that could happen to us but to a bigger extent. From watching the movie we can use that to help prevent our island from facing those types of problems and keep everyone and our community safe.

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