Climate Change

Global Action Days

It’s that time of the year again. Time to act and help the environment! The Global Action Days is a campaign by the Foundation for Environmental Education to activate students and teachers to lead the change for a more sustainable world by getting involved in fun-filled, informative, activities. Participating in constructive, meaningful actions helps young people to see the point of being involved, and aids their understanding of what they can do themselves to help the environment. It’s all very simple. Plan your action, document the action by taking pictures, making a video or writing an article, register your school online and SHARE with the rest of the world on our Global Action Days Facebook page in the week of 9-15 November 2015. The chosen theme for Global Days of Action 2015 is Climate Change because of the Climate Conference known as COP21 which takes place in Paris later this year. The conference is about all governments agreeing to a deal to significantly reduce man-made Climate Change. As Climate Change is such a huge topic, FEE believes it is the ideal theme to focus on in 2015. All information on how to join this action can be found on www.ecoschools.global/global-action-days #globalactiondays #FEE #EcoSchools The Global Action Booklet is also available here.

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HSBC Climate Change Initiative

We wanted the students to understand what climate change is, what its effect on the World is and how we can help to reduce these effects. The children were encouraged to research about climate change, about why and how we can save energy.  The information was then collected into points and presented during an assembly entitled: ‘Why Penguins are so concerned about the weather?’ Another assembly was titled: ‘Save Energy’. Penguins calling for help Year 4 Penguins presented an assembly on climate change entitles: Why are penguins so concerned with the weather? The Science teacher included Climate Change as a topic in this year’s syllabus.  In fact a number of lessons were conducted were the students had to research what is climate change, reasons that lead to climate change and ways we can help to prevent it.  These were discussed in class and the students were given the opportunity to write their views on a handout as a follow-up. Building an Energy Friendly City The children are making model houses that use alternative sources of energy. A Design and Technology project to design and build a model of a house was turned into an ‘Electricity Friendly City’ by adding Alternative Sources of Energy Sources on each of the models to promote environmental friendly energy sources. All models were joined together to create a city. The Eco School Committee wanted to create a video to portray the Eco Code. They were shown how to use Windows Movie Maker. They drew the pictures needed and recorded themselves and produced this short eco video. Making the Eco Code The Committee drawing pictures for the Eco Code Movie.

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Global issues – Sustaining our world

In a Year 5 Class, the class teacher delivered a lesson about ‘Renewable Energy’. After mentioning the 5 renewable sources used most, class teacher told the students that as a class they were going to tackle ‘Wind Energy’ –  Wind Turbines’ A wind turbine model was bought and built by a particular parent; so that it helps, the students understand the set task. Besides all, class teacher explained to her students that Wind Turbines use large blades to catch the wind. Then when the wind blows, the blades are forced round driving a turbine, which generates electricity. She continued to explain that the stronger the wind, the more electricity produced. An interesting discussion took place in class. Above all, the students learnt what is the best way to conserve electricity and reduce our consumption of fossil fuels. Then, students were also encouraged to create a model of a Wind Turbine at home. Thus, after that the students delivered the teacher’s explanation to their parents, with their parents’ help, they created various models of a ‘Wind Turbine’.

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2nd Cycle – HSBC Eco-Schools Climate Initiative

Fifty-six schools have registered for this year’s project. Following a call during which twenty schools communicated their project proposals, the following ten schools were awarded funds as part of the School-Community Link Project Grant Scheme: School Project Title St Francis Sec. School, Sliema Hooked On Energy Gozo College, Xewkija Primary Informing the community about climate change St Benedict College, Safi Primary The Recycled Green House: a School Project for the community St. Benedict’s College, Zurrieq Primary Climate Challenge? Climb It! St Gorg Preca College, Floriana Primary To promote and encourage recycling to save the planet St Gorg Preca College, Paola Primary A Walking Bus Project St Joseph School, Blata l-Bajda, Primary Enough for Everyone for All Ages St Margaret College, Girls’ Secondary School, Cospicua Ftit Ħsieb għall-Komunità Aħjar St Margaret College, Kalkara Primary Sustainable Garden St Theresa College, St Venera Primary Better light a candle than curse the darkness The project was officially launched during a ceremony held on February 4th, 2011. Vince Attard (Nature Trust President), Prof Paul Pace (National EkoSkola Coordinator), the Hon. George Pullicino (Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs) and Alan Richards (HSBC Malta CEO) addressed all those present, highlighting the major achievements reported by schools in the first cycle of the project. Mr Richards presented Leanne Coleiro from St Joseph, Mater Boni Consilii School Paola the prize money she won for placing second in the international Eco-Code competition for youths.

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HSBC Climate Initiative talk

An HSBC Climate Champion gave a talk about climate change to all Year 3 students at San Gorg Preca College, Paola Primary A.  Students continued discussing the theme after the talk and even later when back in their classes.

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