TCI Grade 7C vs. Climate Change
After watching “A Life on Our Planet,” students wanted to do a project which tackled climate change. While attending the Learning for a Sustainable Future Youth Forum, they learned more about the topic, and more about choosing their priorities, making goals and where and how to take action.
The action they chose was to expose the problem to the media, namely our local paper and online, through a youtube video. They measured trees in the school yard to determine the amount of carbon they can store. Each student prepared a specific section of the article related to climate change for the newspaper. We collaborated to prepare interview questions for our Conservative MP, James Bezan and then interviewed him to share the students’ concerns, and ask for his input. With the grant money from Learning for a Sustainable Future, we purchased 105 trembling aspen to plant in an unused baseball diamond in our school yard. Finally, 2 students worked on a youtube video and involved other class members to showcase the work we have done, and to promote the importance of proper recycling on saving paper, more trees, and in turn, storing more carbon from entering the atmosphere.
Reflection & Celebration
The students have been very engaged throughout, and are prepared to speak knowledgeably on the topic of climate change and our effect on it. The media productions they have worked on – as well as the reforestation – will carry on for years, and hopefully be a learning tool and inspiration to others.