20.9.2021-We called today's activity "Extraordinary class hour - climate actions". Through the Microsoft Teams platform, 10 students were included in the class and a video was played on the occasion of the Protection of the Ozone Layer, from which the students were introduced to this issue.
22.9.2021-We called today's activity "Cycling in our neighborhood". On the occasion of International Car Free Day, the students and I came to school with our bicycles as mentors (as we usually do). In addition, we drove together to the picnic area next to the church of St. Spas near the school. We did a vacation there, a short lecture on climate change and what is our contribution to that problem. Then, safely in a column, obeying the bicycle traffic rules, we returned to the school yard.
After an hour of friendship, this meeting ended.
At today's event we scheduled at Microsoft Teams, we had an hour-long socializing where we all asked ourselves the following questions:
-What are climate change?
- How does climate change affect my local community?
- How access to multiple perspectives can provide a new direction for
The students were introduced to the free EarthProject app (EarthProject App) which will enable students aged 13+ to learn more about climate change, its direct impact and how each of them can contribute to a mission to reduce it.
The importance of the Climate Action Booklist for Classrooms was also shared with them
https://bit.ly/tagbooklist for middle school students (ages 12-15)
The students watched one of the videos offered (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS0ZIUtsQHg) on the impact of climate change in Europe. The video discusses that climate change is already having a major impact on ecosystems, the economy and the health and well-being of people in Europe. New records continue to be set for global and European temperatures, sea levels and reduced Arctic sea ice. Rainfall patterns are changing, generally making wet regions in Europe wetter and drier regions drier. The volume of the glacier and the snow cover are decreasing. At the same time, climate-related extremes, such as heat waves, heavy rainfall, and droughts, are increasing in frequency and intensity in many regions. Improved climate projections provide further evidence that climate-related extremes will increase in many European regions.
Once the discussion was over, we went to https://www.footprintcalculator.org/en/quiz/0/food/category where we measured our impact on the environment. The results were astonishing, ie if every inhabitant of the planet earth would live like us (we were all one person in this environmental calculator), then we would need 4.5 planets to live well without endangering biodiversity. A great lesson has been learned from this that everyone must make their own change for the better in order to leave the best possible impression on the planet earth.
At the end of this meeting we agreed on an exercise-research: Explore the effects of climate change on our planet locally.
-Human activity and way of life
Each of the students was given the task to do a local survey on one of the points in their environment. They were also given the opportunity to interview local business owners to see if they were changing their business models and planning to adapt to the effects of climate change.
We expect their reflections three days later.
This third week of the project, my students and I met again remotely, via our computers.
First, the students read their findings from research in their environment on the effects of Climate Change on everyday life. They did interviews with their closest seniors who can certainly make a difference and describe it.
Then, according to the guidelines, we visited several sites and viewed several videos related to the effects of climate change in our daily lives.
* https: //www.youtube.com/watch? v = yiw6_JakZFc
* https: //www.dw.com/mk/7-
We commented on all the videos seen and information read;
As a task I gave them to think and answer: How can each of them make their own individual changes in preserving the environment and reducing the impact of climate change?
After each student's independent research on the impact of climate change in their daily lives and the daily lives of the interviewees, we shared the opinions and conclusions of all.
It was an individual thing!
This week we decided to do something different. We took advantage of the Tulkit games and started having fun. the ward was divided into two groups at random. The games had a fun stimulating character to win. Each of the group contributed to a common victory. They negotiated, cooperated, hugged both when they won and when they lost a point. In the end, the winners rejoiced, and the losers asked for another chance to play. It became clear to everyone how to act.
This was a group game that will contribute to group activity further.
Together we watched a very useful video in which from the point of view of the dinosaurs (if they can turn to us now) we saw why their species is extinct, so they scolded us for not doing it with ourselves!
Following the video, students were given guidelines for thinking about what each of us can do individually and together, as well as the authorities, to reduce our impact on climate change. Each of them, following the given guidelines, was given the task to think and write suggestions on how we can collectively, as a group, contribute to a better environment. What actions will we take? How will we act from now on and each one individually?
In this phase of construction - the students who are members of the Wiki Club Ohrid, under my mentorship, visited the offices of the National Park Galicica. From the employees there they learned important information about the biodiversity in the park, the need for its preservation and ways to monitor it. After the students were approached about the importance of preserving the environment and after being informed about the richness of the park (such as cultural and historical heritage and endemic species of flora and fauna that live in the park), they were given the necessary materials for work. The students started writing articles on the Macedonian language Wikipedia about the different species of flora and fauna that live in the park. In fact, their contribution is multiple because students are involved in the field of education, volunteering to write articles and choosing topics that are of great environmental importance.
This last activity could be nothing more than watching the World Climate Action Day with my heroes - the students in my class. In addition to following the event together, we virtually invited the greatest eco-activist in our country, Irena Ristic, an actress and influential woman. Together with us, she will look forward to the good news of the proclamation of 250 schools with a mark of excellence. There is a wonderful atmosphere in our classroom, which is complemented by healthy food - fruit salads that we prepared together with the students.