South Africa
Calculating our carbon
Posted by Enkelobantwana full service , South Africa on 28 August 2019

In the past 10 years, the planet has experienced some of the hottest temperatures on record!! It no longer just speculation and alarmist rhetoric, climate change is happening, and it is happening with furious speed. Since the inception of the industrial revolution in the late 19th century, we have been digging up and burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas at an unpreceded rate..all this to keep up with mass production and consumption. With steep elevations in otherwise naturally occurring atmospheric greenhouse gases like Carbon Dioxide, Nitrous Oxide and Methane we essentially compounding the greenhouse effect causing the atmosphere to trap more of the suns incoming radiation close to earth. This I demonstrated by covering our model earth with more and more of the earth blankets. After explaining the processes and impact of climate change the children were better able to understand the links between changes in climate and our actions- burning trees, transports, industrial agriculture, mining and burning fossils fuels for energy. We then looked at some of the solutions like using alternative energy from the wind and sun. The energy that does not cost the earth in unwanted greenhouse gasses. We learned that Spekboom is a miraculous plant in its ability to absorb vast quantities of CO2 helping to off set some of the emission that we create. A climate change game of pictures indicating impacts, science and solutions really helped to reinforce what they had learned in a fun and stimulating way” says Mrs Zala


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