Karen Ripa, a STEP teacher from Wallingford, (gifted and Talented) students have been working on a huge project called Raising Awareness. They all needed to choose a cause to “Use their Voice” and raise awareness about it in some fashion. Many groups did in school activities, ranging from poster contests, to Power Point presentations. A few of the groups chose to do newspaper articles and brochures to get their message out.
Below is the first article from her students.
Our Earth is suffering due to man’s careless handling of the environment. Global Warming; the gradual increase in the overall temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere, carbon dioxide and other air pollution is causing the polar ice cap to melt 9 percent per decade. Polar bears and other arctic animals are starving to death and drowning because ice floes are disappearing. In 2003, extreme heat waves occurred and caused approximately 20,000 deaths in Europe and caused over 1,500 deaths in India. In the year of 2012, there were many droughts throughout the year and a lot of wildfires in the summer. The U.S. is the country with the largest source of global warming air pollution because we give off a quarter of carbon dioxide throughout the entire world, even more than Japan, China, and India combined. Fuels like coal and oil release a huge amount of carbon dioxide.
The Greenhouse Effect starts with gasses trapping heat throughout the earth. Second, the sun sends its energy to the earth. Third, the earth and air absorb some of this energy while the rest radiates back into space. Last, naturally occurring gasses in the air are trapping this energy back to the earth heating it even more.
What Can you Do? Have you ever heard the phrase reduce, reuse, and recycle? We can stop global warming with that phrase! You could recycle in your community, school, and workplace . By recycling half of your household waste you can save 2,400 pounds annually. You can also use less electricity. It helps because when a lot of people use electricity, power plants have to make more electricity and when power plants make electricity they emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. You could take shorter showers and turn off lights when they are not needed. Here’s a phrase we can all learn to live by; “Don’t ask your country what it can do for you, but ask yourself what you can do for your country,” John F. Kennedy. By working together, we can help to turn the cycle of Global Warming around and save our planet for generations to come.
STEP students: Michael Womesldorf, Lydia Dellipoali, and Joahua Annis.