Great Wall Feature Article

As the sun rose, the golden gleam of light showered over the bricks. The peaceful green of the wild mountain seemed to join into the man made structures of the wall. The students of Futures Academy were astonished by the beautiful stone dragon, stretching across the mountains, marvelled by how men could build such a beautiful wall. The Great Wall of China is arguably the best display of the ancient wonders of the world.


Futures Academy students have hiked the steep mountain up to the great wall of China, but their weariness has not brought down their enthusiasm for such a magnificent structure. On this trip, students hoped to learn new knowledge about the great wall to help them on their action project to make a positive impact on a nearby water source.


This part of the Great Wall students visited had a rich history. When the Chinese were attacked by the Mongols, they could not put up a fight to the born fighters in the North. However, even though the Chinese could not compete in fighting, they were more sophisticated; so they built a wall along the west border to defend against the enemies on the other side. The Great wall of China is an ancient shield used to defend the Chinese land against the powerful Mongols. Over the centuries more of the wall was built as the wall stretched through nine different provinces.


“The story of the wall is about the geography, about the land.” William Lindesay, the famous author of many books on the Great Wall, remarked. Over the years, wild sections of the great wall of China have  been engulfed  in vegetation, covering the wall with trees and plants. The course of nature could be clearly observed in this section.


It is predicted that in the next 20 years, areas of the wall will be consumed by nature. Erosion will slowly eat up the bricks and will eventually destroy the wall. William Lindesay is one of the few who preserve the great wall and polish the great wall and save the precious treasures for more generations to come. “Of the tourists that visit the wall, 70% of them leave their trash here.” William Lindesay told us.


When the students of ISB hiked up the mountain, they saw an abundance of trash scattered on the ground, carelessly thrown by irresponsible visitors. Slowly the students trudged along the wild path, placing trash in their stuffed garbage bags. Distantly, a student screamed, her foot slipped down the hill, rocks fell beneath her like an avalanche. “Are you okay?” A fellow students helped her to her feet. As the students made their way back to the opening, the gathered trash stood as tall as a mountain, the students gleamed at their accomplishment. Trash collection is hard work, nowadays, people think that the fresh water supply would be enough for the current generation, making a pointless excuse for non-environmentally friendly behaviour. With the explosion of population growth, usable water has become more and more scarce to the overwhelming need.


“Nitrogen is a huge aspect of water quality.” A student pointed out. As students actively discussed, the students have squeezed their brain trying to come up with an action plan, but they were inspired by the trip, what they have seen gave them new ideas and have extended their thinking and gave them new thoughts for their own projects.


At a last glance of the mountains, students of ISB rode back to continue their journey in the cleansing of the local water ways. Hoping by the end of the unit, they will change something that will add a drop to the bucket.


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