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Climate change has affected our local area through the levels of rainfall and the intensity of the storms in recent years. As a result, there has been more frequent and intense river flooding. This has had negative effects on water quality. This has also resulted in changes in distribution of plant and animal species. Pollution to rivers and lakes which has affected fish and sea life.
engage pupils to explore further by doing project work on climate change effects on our local area. They could do primary and secondary research on water quality by doing scientific tests on the quality of our water by using scientific tools and resources. They could research news reports and information from the internet on water quality and the effects this has not just on drinking water but the effects on other animals and plants in our community.
The 3 suggestions I would do to slow down climate change and make the world better are as follows:
I would encourage families to walk and be cycling to school. The negative effects on climate change by cars is tangible. Too many children are driven to school even though they live within walking distance.
Next suggestions is to reuse rather than recycle. Ban the use of plastic bottles in school – children would use titanium bottles given by the school so they can be reused daily for the school year.
The final suggestion is to ban glitter which is microplastic. I know children love using glitter but teachers should educate them on the negative effects of microplastics in our rivers and oceans killing sea life.
I would lesson 4 from module 5 or something similar to it focusing on energy consumption. We would do a mind map session on how to save energy at home and then at school. The ways of saving energy are discussed. Then similar to lesson 4 put children into groups representing several countries on how they could save energy related to agriculture and manufacturing. The groups will get facts and information from the internet on their level of energy consumption and C)2 emissions. Finally with the plenary we would discuss ways we as a class can make changes to our behaviour in schools to reduce energy consumption and cut CO2 emissions.