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The Horticultural Solution: Post 1

Madeleine Baker

With climate change and perpetual drought threatening the future of agricultural and farming industries in Australia, I firmly believe that we, as humans, must become more self and ecologically sustainable with our food sourcing. Looking at the short term future, roughly the next 12-18 months, people will need to start considering eating less meat and growing their own fresh produce to not only prepare for the impacts of climate change on farming industries, but to also reduce plastic wastage found on fresh produce in supermarkets. Currently, the average Australian is consuming around 100 kilograms of meat per year (ABARES, 2019). This is an incredibly unsustainable amount, as meat production is “placing significant pressure on finite global resources, ecosystems and it is contributing to climate change,” according to Macdiarmid, Douglas & Campbell (2016). This is due to livestock production having impacts on “air and water quality, ocean health, and…

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The Horticultural Solution: Part 2

Madeleine Baker

When we think about the medium term future, perhaps we are not yet thinking about flying cars and time travel, but we are enticed to consider where the state of our planet is heading. In the next 10-15 years, it is my speculation that the impacts of climate change, such as heavy rainfall, increased drought, and rises in temperatures and sea level, will become increasingly more visible in our environment. According to NASA (2019), “effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves.” This global issue, whether humans are entirely at fault for it or not, is a crisis we must begin to prepare for, and delay the impacts of as much as possible. In the next 10-15 years, it is plausible that certain industries that rely…

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Horticultural Solution: Part 3

Madeleine Baker

If we, as humans, do not alter our lifestyles in favour of our earth’s survival and longevity, such as becoming more ecologically- and self-sustainable with our eating and consumer habits, I speculate that in the long-term future (40-50 years), we may begin to see a noticeable decline in the state of our planet. If our population reaches the projected 10 billion by 2050, and our agricultural industry intensifies in order to accommodate for this, our resources and the environment will drastically deplete before the end of the century. If this occurs, which is plausible at the rate we are going, our world will become the perpetual wasteland predicted by the media in a multitude of futuristic movies. Wall-E (2008), Interstellar (2014), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), and A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), just to name a few, are some of the futuristic sci-fi and drama films…

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Live Tweeting: Reflection #2

Madeleine Baker

This second time around, I believe my live-tweeting game has slightly progressed since the first reflection. In these last 4 weeks, we watched I, Robot (2004), Robot and Frank (2012), Marjorie Prime (2017), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017) in our weekly screenings in BCM325. Admittedly, I thoroughly more enjoyed these screenings than the ones in the first half of the semester, perhaps because these movies were much more modern, and easier to follow. I found it difficult, though, to enhance the depth of my tweets, perhaps because I was mostly unable to find academic sources in relation to the movies to incorporate in the curation of my tweets.

When watching I, Robot (2004), I found that I enjoyed the movie so thoroughly, it was difficult to keep up with the tweets. I tried though, however, but being back from mid-semester break, I was not off to a…

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DA Pitch Beta Feedback: Reflection

Madeleine Baker

Since the initial commenting process, I have further developed my commenting style when responding to other students’ pitch betas. On the initial pitches, my comments were somewhat subdued and lacked an element of constructive criticism, as I found it difficult to be critical towards my peers. From that, though, and the feedback I received on my first round of comments, I was able to engage deeper with my peers’ beta presentations, and provide a more critical evaluation of their work. This is with the exception of one of the comments I was required to give, where the student’s work was genuinely sensational, and I could not come up with something they could improve on.

My first comment which I provided, was to Nathan Rathsam. His pitch discussed the developing of his ideas for his digital artefact, which is to create a series of podcast episodes, in which he has…

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Digital Artefact Pitch Beta: The Horticultural Solution

Madeleine Baker

This time around, I have configured and refined my ideas based on the feedback I have received from my initial pitch, and have instead chosen to produce 3 media-rich blog posts as my Digital Artefact. The posts will cover the short-term (12-18 months), medium term (5-10 years), and long term (50 years) future impacts of climate change on agriculture and farming industries, and what at-home farming and gardening technology may do to help us become more self-sustainable in our own homes. As Australians, on average we are consuming around 100 kilograms of meat per year (ABARES, 2019), however, this is not sustainable, hence the need for humans to shift consumption of meat to consumption of vegetables. This will be explored in my Digital Artefact, as well as the practicality of making that shift through self sustainable methods. Although I can’t afford home gardening technologies myself, I still plan…

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DA Pitch Feedback: Reflection

Madeleine Baker

As a continuation of the previous assignment, the Digital Artefact (DA) pitch, in this current task we are required to provide feedback on 3 different students’ BCM325 digital artefact pitches, in order to offer a different perspective and ultimately help each other to improve.

The first student I was assigned to provide feedback to was Naomi Nguyen, in her DA pitch about humans sourcing food from insects, rather than red meat, in order to combat food crisis and also be more environmentally sustainable. In the comment, I addressed how effectively she communicated her ideas, my thoughts on why I think her chosen topic is valuable, and suggestions on how she might direct her project, adding a link to a source I found that relates to her topic and may be beneficial in her research.

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Link to the source I provided

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Live Tweeting: Reflection

Madeleine Baker

For the past 6 weeks, every Thursday morning at 8:30 I settle into our BCM325 classroom and prepare for the next 2 (give or take a few) hours of annoying my twitter followers with the live tweeting of a movie. Although in the beginning I could never understand the reasoning or usefulness of having to partake in this test of multitasking skills, it is something that I have certainly warmed to over the last month and a half. Trying to watch the movie and keep up with the plot, while simultaneously tweeting about it, doing research on it, and interacting with my peers’ tweets about it, is harder work than you’d think, however, it’s a skill that I’m slowly improving on. Here is an account of the last 6 weeks of my live tweeting experience.

In the beginning, it was obvious that I didn’t really know what I was doing…

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BCM325 Digital Artefact Pitch

Madeleine Baker

My digital artefact is based off my speculation that many, many years into the future, agriculture and farming may drastically reduce, if not become obsolete, due to climate change and pollution. If this becomes the case, humans will have to become more self-sustainable through growing their own fresh produce. My DA will be a blog filled with youtube videos and posts that show ways that we can become more self and ecologically sustainable, and foster the growth and maintenance of an ecosystem in our own homes and gardens. It will also feature several emerging technologies to help with the future of home gardening and environmental sustainability. Please enjoy an extremely mediocre video of my nervous rambling about this topic.


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