Is it time to become worried?
is warming at a cracking pace, which poses a serious threat to the
and to people. There is a lot of talk about the climate change but what is true
and what just intimidation?
No one can deny that climate change is reality, or deny
the destruction it causes or the increase in the average temperature of the
Earth. Many of the causes leading to global warming are human-induced, such as
greenhouse gases caused by industry, agriculture and travelling.
What really counts are our everyday choices, it is not insignificant how
we travel and on what we spend our money.
Climate change is a fact. The rise of global average
temperature causes various problems and changes, and while the global warming
proceeds it breaks the diversity of nature, decreases agricultural productivity,
causes floods, droughts and hurricanes and also widens the distribution of
tropical diseases. In dry areas
agricultural prospects weaken, which leaves countless people without any source
Those who suffer the most are the poorest people. As
little as an increase of 1,5 °C by
the year 2080 can expose 50 million people for famine, 200 million for malaria,
and 2 milliard for shortage of water. Worryingly
often these people live in the areas which already get exposed to poverty,
diseases and famine.
change and the media
Climate change has become an issue that is constantly
discussed by the media. Newspapers, television and the Internet are bubbling
with information and good ways for everyone of addressing the problem of global
Last autumn class 9F of Pielisjoki Comprehensive School
participated in a competition arranged by the Union of biology and geography
teachers and the Union of first language teachers. The theme of the competition
was Climate Change in the Media. Almost
a hundred schools from various parts of Finland entered into the competition,
and, in the end, a collaborative project of Pielisjoki School and a
comprehensive school in Juuka was chosen as the winner of the upper level of
The prize was awarded in an award ceremony in Helsinki
on the 16th of March, in which the prize was handed out by the
president of the Republic, Tarja Halonen, who also held a speech at the ceremony.
- I felt elevated when I got to shake hands with the
president, said Joonas, who participated in the award ceremony afterwards.
Only two members of the class got to participate in the
ceremony, yet the whole class had been working hard on the project. The project
contained among other things of a visit to Puljonki Oy in Juuka, and
familiarizating ourselves with the operation of a waste disposal plant in
Kontiosuo, as well as teaching sixth-formers the facts about climate change and
its causes and effects. We also made a plan for a landfill plant, and sent
questions concerning bioenergy to minister Mauri Pekkarinen.
Laura visited Iiksenvaara Primary School where she told
sixth-formers about the climate change and how to control it.
- It was interesting to work with the project, and of
course winning it was great, especially when there were that many competitors,
Laura tells how she has received new information on how
climate change can be prevented by small actions. Recycling and riding a bike,
or walking instead of using a moped are examples of such small actions.
Mikko interviewed Mr Tapani Karhu at Kontisuo waste
disposal plant, and also wrote an article about it for the local paper.
- Through attending the competition I received lots of
information on for example how you can use landfill gas.
Mikko expresses his concern about the climate change
since evidence of it are seen everywhere.
- By using environmentally-friendly cars, by recycling
as well as by reducing carbon dioxide discharges and logging of forests, he
mentions as possible means to slow down global warming.
The concern for climate change is not entirely without
cause. The warming is not going to
happen overnight but there are warning signs of it already. The winter has been
record short, and natural catastrophes such as tornadoes and tsunamis are
increasing in the vicinity of oceans, especially in places where the population
is already poor and needy. In
addition to this, a lot worse destruction is yet to come.
There is, however, no reason for fear.
Climate change is not a problem that could not be solved. The means to
prevent global warming are well-known to almost everyone, thanks to the media,
newspapers, television and the Internet. Of course we know what to do; our
actions may be very small, for example turning down the computer or television
when we are not using them, switching off the lights when leaving the room and
replacing plastic bags by canvas bags. Is the leap for change after all that
information on the subject:
(all projects for the competition).
(the collaborative project of Pielisjoki and Juuka comprehensive schools)