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Parting Note from Kelsey!

Things like sweatshops, child labor, and people working for $24/month, are all just symptoms of the extreme poverty that is prevalent across our world. Yes, we should try to be engaged consumers (I have some tips here to educate yourself and think about the impact your school has), but it doesn’t end there. I believe we need to become glocals – global and local citizens. We need to be better donors (giving like Bill Gates gives), volunteers, and neighbors. Each of us needs to look at what we are good at and share that with the world to fight poverty in our own communities and around the world. I’m currently on a mission to Go Glocal. I'd love for you to join me.

We might not always be able to control the impact that forces like globalization have on our lives, but we can control the impact our lives have on the world.


Happy travels! 

Kelsey 

9 comments:

  1. After reading everything Kelsey wrote about being an engaged consumer, I think I might just be one. The book has changed the way that I read the tags on my shirts, saying, "MADE IN CHINA". This really says, that in China, hard-working man or woman woke up, went to work, and made me this hand-crafted shirt, only to be working for below minimum wage. We don't know the stories of every worker out there, but it would be nice to know a few. Kelsey said that as a group, class, or school, we can log into the "Virtual Worker Tour" and Skype a garment workers, and learn more about them and their lives.
    My favorite thing that Kelsey said, was to really know where you are wearing. Check out websites of companies to really know where everything comes from. Patagonia is one of the largest and only companies to honestly tell you where your clothes came from.
    From reading the book I have learned three very important things, to remember to Be Aware, Be Thoughtful, and Be Helpful.

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  2. Because of Kelsey Timmerman's outstanding work and dedication to teaching the public about the struggles of working in sweatshops, I am extremely impressed. Without this book, I would have never thought to ask myself, ''Where am I wearing?''. I never looked at a tag reading, ''Made in China'' as anything, really. After reading this book I feel much more educated on how my clothes are made as well as how difficult life is for those who make them. I am grateful to Kelsey Timmerman for giving the outside world a look inside the lives of those less fortunate.

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    1. Same as me Susan. Before reading I never look at the tag on my clothes or thought about the people who make our clothes, but now that I've read I look at the tag in a different way.

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  3. Kelsey has taught me through his book that there are people in other countries who don't get payed much and aren't living a good life, but we shouldn't just protest against the companies and not buy their clothes because even if they don't pay their employees a good amount, it's still one of the only ways they'll be able to survive where they live. So, the next time I'm at the store buying some clothes, I'll look at the tags and hope I'm helping someone somewhere get to a better place in life.

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  4. Before reading Kelsey Timmerman's ''Where Am I Wearing'' i never thought about the people who make our clothes. I never thought about how their lives were like or the conditions they work in. I never paid clothes attention to the tags on my clothes. After reading this book, I now know that people across the world wake up get dressed and go to a factory that could have harsh condidtins to make clothes for other people for a living. These people who make our clothes don't get paid enough or have great working conditions. Now since I've read this book i look at the tag on my shirt in a different way.

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  5. Before reading "where Am I Wearing?", i believed that most of my clothing was made in China. After reading the book, I realized many countries manufactured clothing. I also did not realize that many of the workers had such hard lives.

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    1. I thought the same exact thing but after this book it told me that many places make clothes

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  6. Thanks for the great story and getting me to understand how hard it is to live in the foreign countries and how bad of lives the people that work in these sweatshops truly have

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  7. Thank you Kelsey Timmerman for helping me understand how hard it is for people in other countries. Also for opening my eyes on the different stories are told just by clothing.

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