Dear Division 16,
You’ve done some great work this term on your Itadakimasu projects – thinking about the impact of the goods we use and the materials we consume is an important part of being a member of a caring, global community.
I found this article about the Tesla car – the new electric car that is new on the market. The article below considers some of the hidden environmental impacts of electric cars.
Once you have read the article, please think of a hidden cost, externality or impact of a product that you learned about through your Itadakimasu project study.
You will need to name the product, be specific about what the hidden cost was and be clear about why you were surprised. What beliefs do you hold that were challenged by what you learned in this project?
For example, the author of the article above points out that electric cars require lighter metals and rare metals that often have problematic mining processes attached. This will have an environmental impact beyond the emissions from the use of the car.
I look forward to your responses!