Inside Out came to mind as we met earlier this school year in planning for GIN852. We felt it would spark interest and highlight the global issues for our community. Being a student led conference hosted by our school this year, all I had to do was suggest the idea to the planning team and they made it happen : ).
So, I finally got to do a pasting! It’s been on my list for a while now. Next up: spray painting.
Read a fair bit on cooking up glue and this is what I ended up deciding to do for the size of pot available:
- 3 cups flour + 3 cups water
- 12 cups boiling water
- 3 cups sugar
- an unknown amount of copper sulphate (we put this in because we had it and it was suggested by some. Our resident chemists said it’d help preserve the posters and extend their life on the wall. I think we added a few teaspoonfuls which just darkened the paste slightly)
- Mix 3 cups flour + 3 cups water until smooth.
- Stir into the 12 cups of boiling water
- Cook a few minutes until the paste thickens.
- Pour into a bucket. After cooling slightly, stir in 3 cups of sugar (and copper sulphate).
- When cool enough to handle, apply paste to wall, adhere poster, then add a top coat of another layer of paste.
For 20 posters (36in x 53in), we used exactly four batches of the wheatpaste.
- I used wheat flour because it happened to be the cheapest at the store but the paste came out with a yellow tint which did show up in lighter areas. If there are a lot of white spaces in whatever you’re pasting up, perhaps use bleached white flour.
- Really make sure there are no lumps in your water+flour mixture before adding it to the boiling water. I learned that the hard way.
- As long as your wall is not too rough and the wheatpaste not too hot, applying paste with your hand is the most efficient way to go.
Below are the twenty global issues outlined by Jean Francois Rischard in High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them. Student leaders from the various schools taking part in the conference selected an issue they wanted to address in Hong Kong and over the 2 day conference, facilitated their Global Action Network Group (GANG) to create an action plan to utilize.
Sharing our planet: Issues involving the global community
- Global warming
- Biodiversity and ecosystem losses
- Fisheries depletion
- Water deficits
- Maritime safety and pollution
Sharing our humanity: Issues requiring a global commitment
- Massive step-up in the fight against poverty
- Peacekeeping, conflict prevention, combating terrorism
- Education for all
- Global infectious diseases
- Digital divide
- Natural disaster prevention and mitigation
Sharing our rule book: Issues needing a global regulatory approach
- Reinventing taxation for the twenty-first century
- Biotechnology rules
- Global financial architecture
- Illegal drugs
- Trade, investment, and competition rules
- Intellectual property rights
- E-commerce rules
- International labor and migration rules