30 November 2013

Buy buy...

Short video on BUY NOTHING DAY from BBC News

  1. What and when is "Black Friday"?
  2. How much was spent in the US on Black Friday in 2012?
  3. What does "GDP" mean?
  4. Why have there been stampedes, injuries and even deaths during Black Friday?
  5. Why would YOU (not) join the online backlash against Black Friday?


According to the BUY NOTHING DAY website:
  1. What is so bad about shopping?
  2. How does consumerism cause environmental damage?
  3. Why is it preferable to use local independent shops?

Other things you could do instead of shopping...

  1. How high up on the list of your favorite activities is shopping?
  2. Do you overshop (binge shop)?
  3. How much of the stuff in your shopping trolley was not on your shopping list?!

20 November 2013

20th November every year is Universal Children's Day

The United Nations' (UN) Universal Children's Day, which was first celebrated in 1954, is on November 20th each year. UNICEF, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day. UNICEF works towards improving children's welfare throughout the world.


  1. What is the purpose of Universal Children's Day?
  2. What does UNICEF do (give examples of its actions)?
  3. Why do you (not) give to UNICEF?

16 November 2013


How are people coping?

  1. What is your position on global warming?
  2. How are people coping after the typhoon?
  3. How much is being done to help the people of the Philippines (is donor fatigue a problem)?

7 November 2013

Power to the people...

To do (using the Forbes list):
  1. Who are the most power people in the world?
  2. What makes them powerful (according to Forbes)?
  3. Choose three people among the list and write a very short biography of each.
  4. Which person in the list do you admire most and why?
  5. Which person in the list do you admire the least and why?
  6. If you had the same amount of power as the people in the list, what would you do with it?!
  7. Does power necessarily corrupt?
  8. What is "anarchy" and what do you think of it?

3 November 2013

Lest we forget...

  1. Do we have a duty of remembrance?
  2. What do you think of  the ways the Armistice of 1918 is commemorated?
  3. How would you like the event to be commemorated?