Gareth’s intermediate class were discussing what steps could be taken – some realistic, some more ambitious – to help reduce some of the negative impact our lifestyles are having on the environment! Here are just a few of their ideas which they wrote for homework…
“Humanity is killing the Earth. Step by step, nature is dying and if the mentality of people doesn’t change, humanity will die with her!
Today a new economy is beginning to emerge – the ‘blue economy’. Instead of throwing away waste, if we use it to create new things, it’s a part of the blue economy. For example, we should use Spirulina. This plant uses carbon dioxide as a fertiliser and can be used as a food source for humans. Therefore we can help eliminate CO2 with this most useful plant.” Matthieu, France
“Game developers could make a video game that envisions the Earth 100 years in the future. There are two paths that can be followed by players, the first is to use environmentally friendly tools and equipment to build and farm which leads to a liveable earth in the future. The second is to continue with the same lifestyle where players use buses, cars and electricity, causing an increase in toxic gas and leading to deforestation and polluted cities. The earth will be full of crises and will no longer be a place where humans can live. I thought of this idea because the new generation love video games and using them you could very easily sneak into their brains!” Ohood, Saudi Arabia
“A huge problem is caused by cargo vessels; ships are responsible forroughly 3% of global CO2 emissions. People buy things every day which might be made on the opposite side of the world, then cargo vessels have to transport these products across the oceans. A solution might be that people buy products that are only made in their country.” Gabriel, Italy
“There are more and more plastics everywhere which causes pollution, especially in the oceans. In Belgium, soon it will be forbidden to buy single-use plastics. Another idea could be using refillable bottles. Also, there is overpopulation. It’s a very touchy topic because we can’t force people to stop having babies. In contrast, we could educate them more about adoption.” Marie, Belgium
“We have been using fossil fuels for over one hundred years, as a result, Earth’s resources are running out. Consequently, to reduce this use, we need to reduce our consumption. We can begin with living closer to our jobs and the shops we use, with the aim of not using our cars but using public transport instead.” Guillame, France
“Sometimes even the little things can make a big difference. It depends on us to be more informed about our environment, and to want to make that change for a better future. We have to optimise our every decision; when making a purchase, choosing our transport or using energy. We should start living practically.” Joanna, Bulgaria
Well said class!