With efforts to combine all of our social topics (Climate change, consumerism, biodiversity, and unethical fashion) we wanted to create an engaging zine cover that represented each of our topic while holding the overarching message of being a group advocating for the environment. We decided on a green background to symbolize nature and money. Along the top edge of the cover we have the progression of a baby sapling tree blooming and once it reached the final stages it started to die. We have an image of a factory running through the bottom with smoke coming up to represent manufacturing harming the trees which also address climate change. In the middle of our cover we have a cut out that has a barcode to symbolize buying something. The number in red 100,000,000 is relevant because that is the number the fast food industry makes every year. Our whole entire zine layout was planned by keeping a green progression of a spring green and when you go further into our zine the ending starts to get inky green. During the Chula Vista Zine Fest my tablemate Nayeli and I got into really fascinating conversations about topic and we really invited people to stop by and check out our work and from what we researched we were able to educate people about our topics. Choosing my topic was a struggle for me, I felt extremely drawn to the idea of the kind of society we have created based off money with food in general and so I thought the topic of the fast food industry was perfect for me to advocate for.
This past year we learned a lot about the adolescent brain. Learning about it has made me feel more empowered as a teenager with the advantages that we have as young adults. This feeling became stronger when we became advocates for social topics. I chose to advocate about the environment. More specifically going into depth with the fast food industry affecting our and the earth's health. I have always been interested in so many things growing up, and am passionate about learning in general. Because of this I have no idea what I want to do when I am older, or what I want to study in college. Learning more about how fast food has influenced our culture it made me think about the future. 50 million Americans consume fast food everyday and to me that is no shock. The fast food industry purposely targets kids with their advertisements because they have a big influence of family demand and they make it accessible to everyone. I look around, and you hardly see any advertising for healthy organic food, and there is no easy acess as much as there is of unhealthy as food restaurants we see today. Advocating for this topic makes me want to change the way fast food has influenced our culture negatively, and by the way I eat. It opened up a new interest for me and gave me an idea of what I might want to pursue in college. Something like food science. My parents are extremely busy all the time and so it is very easy for me to drive or even walk to a fast food restaurant. I want to be more cautious of my health and encourage my family to eat more. Seeing my peers advocate for what they feel passionate about was extremely empowering because as young as we are, we are going to change the world.
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Research was a very important element in gaining deeper knowledge of our social topics. I read many different articles and used at least 10 sources for my research paper. Another way I was able to learn more about my topic was reaching out to professionals. I interviewed Gary Franks, previous owner of Gary’s Organics.