I created a virtual blackboard with the application thinglink (www.thinglink.com) in which you will find videos and links to watch and browse to become more knowledgeable about climate change, global warming, carbon footprint, recycling. These aspects are essential for us to have the necessary grasp to do something to protect our future, that is to safeguard the environment. Without the environment we cannot exist, so it is high time we learnt something about the necessary steps we need to take to survive and live in harmony with nature.
Read these quotes from Native Indian sages. What do they have in common? What thoughts do they prompt? Which one do you like best? Why?
Here you get your interactive eye promoting recyling and not only.
Now use the following padlet to write your comments. I want you to write two things: a slogan for a t-shirt meant to raise people’s awareness of climate change and the appalling ways we are jeopardizing our environment and thus our own lives. Then write at least one resolution “I am going to…” to do something to safeguard the environment. E.g. I am going to turn off the tap when I take a shower. OR I am going to ask my mum to buy energy efficient bulbs. Before you write your resolution, make sure that your classmates have not written it already. So first come first served!!
Last but not least, I would like you to write a poem dedicated to Planet Earth, to the Environment, to Nature. It could be: Write a poem about what makes nature so grand and majestic. OR Think about the things you do daily to help the environment or how you incorporate elements of nature into your home. Write a poem about the joy and contentment that brings you. OR Find areas that are dealing with big issues of destruction and pollution. Write a poem about the destruction slowly destroying that area, and how it impacts the other communities around it.
Peace By Piece by Celia Berrell
The world is getting smaller and its breaking into bits.
Let’s put it back together.
Peace by piece the puzzle fits.
Repairs can all be tended by the tiniest of friends.
As working all together peace by piece the puzzle mends.
Town And Country Air by Celia Berrell
It’s both town and country air that we ultimately share.
So polluting one expect to get a butterfly effect.
If the key to all our health is to share in nature’s wealth
then we’d best invest a plan to save our wildlife while we can.
Stand Up by Graeme King
Pretend it doesn’t happen
look away you can’t afford to yell or have your say
they have the law behind them and the right and where can we find nerve to stand and fight?
It’s easy to look elsewhere turn your head afraid to ask the questions arms outspread to ask the reasons why they want it all we hear the forest cry and watch it fall.
Be strong. Raise up your hand and join the crowd send out your voice of protest shout it loud
we must preserve the ground on which we tread one day you may remember what I’ve said.
Choose an image linked to the poem you have written, then use the application www.fotobabble.com to record you reading your poem. Articulate words clearly so that everybody can understand and appreciate your poem. This is my poem and my fotobabble.
My Cradle, My Tomb by Cristiana Ziraldo
Out of you I came
Welcomed and lulled by your warmth
First I crawled and I could smell the scent of flowers
I could feel the soft cool drops of dew
I rolled down jolly hills
I loved you since Day One, unaware of the century I was doomed to live
Each offence to you offended me
I grew and saw my cradle being filled with waste, I felt like choking
People littering, people blind to your wealth: they traced deep scars in you, ignoring the wounds procured to their own future
I did my best, I respected you at my very best, yet that was not enough
Greed and Ignorance turned my rosy cradle, my happy childhood, into my present grey Tomb.
As you saw in the “interactive eye” there are different ways to raise people’s awareness of environmental issues. There are governments and environmental institutions that do this through social advertising, either in the form of videos or in the form of printed images/messages.
I want you to look at the following “ads of the world” and say which one you like the most and why. Which ad has the strongest impact on you? If you were asked to create an ad yourself, what would it be like?
Then watch the two social advertising videos and state which one you find more effective to raise a young person’s awareness of global warming and climate change.