Check out (and share!) my new article about the palm oil industry and its human rights concerns. The feature focus of the article is to dispel some of the misconceptions that come up when talking about palm oil and human rights, such as the claims about the benefits to the local economy. (In short, both the low-wage workers and their local employers are trapped through what can only be described as a debt scam, propagated predominantly by western shareholders)
I tried to focus less on the statistics about child workers in the industry, because though that’s also quite grave, indentured children are too often used as a shock tactic or a play on the most basic of nurturing intuitions. It was enough to state that children are used in this industry as documented by human rights organizations like Amnesty International, The International Labor Rights Fund, etc.
Welp. No more Palm oil.
If this is concerning to you (as much as it was to me) I also encourage researching chocolate and coffee with the same mindset.
Saying that you kill bears to save bears is one of the laziest excuses for hunting.
I’m grown but I’m not grown grown
Which means I know how to ride a dick but I’m still not sure how taxes work.
I have the opposite problem
no no, it’s fine, ill text myself back
FALL IS THE BEST FALL IS THE BEST FALL IS THE BEST
SUDDENLY EVERYTHING SEEMS GODDAMN POSSIBLE BECAUSE FALL IS THE GODDAMN BEST
Speaking from experience, a few things:
Here’s the long and short of the beginning of my story: started paying off last year’s tuition too slowly because they set me up on the wrong student financial plan (without my knowledge). Eventually, my student account went straight back up to the fees I had at the beginning of the year without sending me any messages through my university e-mail or in print through snail mail.
It is not your school’s responsibility to keep track of your payments towards your tuition or how quickly/slowly you pay or notify you if your account goes into negative. There are tools at your disposal to track that information, and as an adult you are expected to have a certain sense of obligation to your own finances. You must understand there are hundreds of students who are serviced by a very small handful of advisors. This is not their fault, it is the fault of the way schools are financed in general. If the financial aid office is denied funding to hire people to send these notices and keep track of your account, they aren’t going to be able to do it, plain and simple.
She gives me the look of “tough titties, doll face, now go rot in hell” and tells me just to borrow money from family (there are rich kids at my school who don’t need scholarships, bursaries, or grants and just get mum and dad to hold their hand on the way to the financial office and pay their whole tuition, so they assume everyone’s got the same privilege) and sends me on my way. I manage not to swear at her.
Obviously this individual (if this was indeed the case) is a terrible employee and should be reported to their supervisor. Did you request the financial aid manager or director to review your file? If you are being given two different answers about how much you have to pay off to attend it makes sense to speak to someone higher up who can give this information to you in writing. Don’t take someone by their word alone when it literally means the difference between thousands of dollars. get it in writing.
I’m not saying your case is not valid. I’m not saying that people shouldn’t donate to help you, because the end result is the same: You’re crap out of luck and it doesn’t appear like the current method you are trying is going to get you any results. I’m saying in the meantime, it might be more helpful to speak to the director of financial aid at your school about your case.