How do we use evidence to make a positive impact on our environment?
• Science: What are different environmental conditions that affect our pollution levels?
• Writing: How do we argue to persuade our audience about urgent issues that affect us and others?
• Reading: How do we learn to gather, weigh and evaluate, and use evidence to support our arguments?
The unit is about understanding and acting on the complex problem of one’s own ecological footprint. In essence, it’s about working to restore balance between human development and our natural environment. If you are visiting this page through the use of a QR code, please take the time to comment in the box below about what YOU will do in your daily life to reduce your ecological footprint.
Action Project: After learning about the conditions that affect the environment, your challenge is to create a 2-5 minute presentation that argues for making a difference in Beijing.
In your presentation, you will integrate everything you’ve learned so far about the conditions that impact the environment, creating arguments, and making evidence supported claims to advocate for an issue you care about, and you will create a plan of action for positive change. Decide how to present your information. Reflect upon previous experiences and choose a platform that will be more successful for you to persuade your audience.
Your Impact Beijing Project must include the following components:
A claim that specifies which actions will have which impacts on the environment.
A minimum of 3 reasons for how your action will impact the environment.
5 pieces of quantitative data (evidence)
5 pieces of qualitative data (evidence)
Visual component/display to improve communication of ideas
A plan or action step that visitors can walk away with and apply to their own lives.
Here is a list of some of the actions that our students are taking to reduce their ecological footprint. We challenge you to take the same actions in your life:
- Do not buy single use water bottles
- Use a reusable water container
- Reuse your plastics
- Go one week without buying any items that have plastic wrapping
- Do not use plastic bags when buying your groceries, instead bring reusable bags with you to the grocery store
- Buy organic foods that do not use pesticides
- Turn off the lights when you leave the room
- Recycle your electronic waste
- Go vegetarian or vegan for a whole month!
- Do not use SUI’s (Single Use Items) such as chopsticks, plastic forks, napkins, etc.
- Say no to plastic straws when ordering your drink
- Reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower
- Don’t use paper towels, find other ways to dry your hands or wipe up the counter
- Don’t use gas powered vehicles for 1 week
- Save the grease from your cooking in a “fat can,” then freeze it and dispose of it properly (not down the drain).
- Start a compost
- Start a garbage pickup in your area