This week our class looked into the causes of climate change. In teams, we debated which cause was the most significant. Our class voted that the number 1 cause of climate change was food. Luckily for us we can limit the impact our food consumption has on the climate by making environmentally friendly choices such as; buying local products, growing our own food and eating less meat. We also calculated our individual carbon footprints and set personal goals to limit the impact our actions have on the environment.
This week we learnt about the effects of climate change in Australia. In small groups students participated in an inquiry based learning project than involved them researching the effects of climate change in our country. They then created a poster and presented their findings to the class. The students agreed that the most significant effects in Australia are: bush fires, which lead to the loss of habitat and life of many native animals; such as koalas, drought and flooding- which has a huge impact on agriculture and food production, an increase of heat waves- which has led to health problems and rising sea temperatures which has killed off large areas of coral in the Great Barrier Reef.
This week we investigated the effects of climate change on a global scale. We had video conference calls with students in other continents and got to learn how climate change has effected their homes. We participated in a Skype call with a Year 7 class from the Beijing World Youth Academy in China. The students got to ask each other many questions on how climate change had affected their country and what they were doing to combat this. We learnt that in China air pollution had been reduced as a result of Covid19 and people staying indoors. We also learnt that at the Beijing World Youth Academy, it is compulsory to ride bikes to school on certain days. This reduces carbon emissions. In China people may only use their cars to travel on certain days, depending on their licence plate number. The students from Beijing were very surprised to learn that we don’t have to wear masks to school. This week we also met with students from Tobb Illkokulu in Turkey. We linked up with them via Zoom and got the opportunity to perform our song in the upcoming school musical; Somewhere There’s a Forest. Throughout the week we really enjoyed watching videos of the Turkish students fantastic STEM projects that included making air powered cars.