Climate Change is an area we have studied across this project as it is really connected with all we have been learning. Our teacher took the opportunity to link our learning in Geography to our Archibull project. We have been learning about an island nation Kiribati that is currently being impacted by rising sea levels. When our teacher said we were going to connect this to Archi we said "How?". She gave as a number of images which we looked at and analysed. We considered what we saw, how we felt and discussed causes and solutions. What really struck us was the complexity of climate change and by comparing the drought striken land with the rising waters in Kiribati we were able to see the enormity of the issue. Here is our learning.
We have definitely respond to this through out art work. We have the drought depicted on the back half of our cow.
We brainstormed solutions or points of action to bring about change in this area. We have placed this on our courage letters. (You can read more about this here.) The letters on our cow say the following: - Speak up! - Do more with less - Green energy - Respect for the land - Personal responsibility - Corporate ethics - Biodiversity - Food Waste Management - Renewable energy - Manage risk - Emission reduction - Use of traditional knowledge - Support, don't pity - Reduce waste - Buy local - Community education and engagement - Genetic engineering and research - Agronomy - Financial incentives
Our teacher also shared with us a poem which we have decided to include on the cow. The poem is by Sue Doessel and is called The Seventh Generation. We have placed part of this poem on our cow's tail.
We feel we have to take the matter of climate change into our own hands. That is why we have painted the head of our cow in the following way.
If you look closely into the eyes of the cow. You will see us reflected. Why? Because the cow is looking to the future and we are the future. We will be a voice for our generation.
17/9 - Update: Check out how we have incorporated our perspectives of climate change into our multimedia presentation.
19/9 - Our video has made it onto the Australian Youth Climate Coalition twitter feed! We are very proud to be a voice for our generation.