Task 1: The table below shows the results of surveys in 2000, 2005 and 2010 about one university.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
The diagram depicts the percentage of pupils that reported sound ratings for varying elements of their tertiary education via surveys taken in 2000, 2005, and 2010. Overall, print resources were rated the highest in all three periods at 87, 89, and 88% ,respectively, while electronic resources increased in favor the most going from the second lowest rated aspect in 2005 to tying print resources for first place in 2010.
Student ratings for technical quality fluctuated in the 60 percent range throughout the period and ended at a 69% satisfaction level. Range of modules offered was rated lowest at 32% in 2000 and stayed the course dropping to 30% in 2005 and an overall low of 27% in 2010.
On the other hand, electronic resources dramatically increased from 45 to 72 to 88% through the three given periods. Lastly, building /teaching facilities did not fluctuate at all and were scored as positive by 77% of the student population in all three years.
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Task 2: Nowadays, we are living in a throw-away society. What are its causes and what are its problems? What could be done to address this issue?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Today's world has adopted unsustainable modes of operating and become a collection of throw-away societies. In this essay I will examine the root causes and some problems emanating from this phenomena as well as suggest a few solutions in helping to resolve the matter.
The causes of this matter appear to be rooted in consumerism. This can be seen in the over consumption of goods such as toys, clothes, electronics, and more. All of these take energy and resources to generate and they are made with limited lifespans and meant to be replaced every few years rather than last a lifetime. In my experience, everyone I know constantly replaces many of the everyday items they have in life on an ongoing basis such as cheap and easily attainable toothbrushes, shoes, backpacks, hats, school materials and more.
This leads to problems such as ecological degradation and stress on the natural environment. Examples of this are evident in how much plastic has accumulated in our environment and the impacts this is having on the land, water, and organic life. Many of the throw-away items are constructed from plastic and this is toxic to many organisms and does not break down and compost easily.
Although this is a global problem, there are some solutions that can be taken to solve this conundrum. To begin, recycling needs to be emphasized more than it has been and education campaigns must be raised by governments and citizens calling for cradle to cradle development where everything that is made is eventually recycled and reused and not discarded as pollution into the environment. There ought to be laws against polluting and everything that is manufactured should have a recycling plan enabled for it at the end of its product life.
In conclusion, consumerism has caused humans to enable a throw-away culture that results in ecological decay. Recycling more efficiently and developing cradle to cradle products would help to mitigate this quandary and if societies heed this wisdom, the world will be a cleaner and greener place.
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