Class Three pupils at St Margaret’s C of E Primary School in Withern have written an article on climate change together as part of their journalistic writing classes, and this is the final product. Over to Class Three...
‘Last Chance To Change’
Climate change experts in Lincolnshire have reported that we are not doing enough to prevent help environmental damage. According to Geoff Stratford- a former teacher and a climate change expert from ‘Transition Town Lincoln’ - it’s everybody’s responsibility to combat climate change; nobody can do it alone. This winter many homes have been badly affected by flooding and it is possible that this may be linked to climate change.
Many scientists believe climate change is already having a direct effect on our environment and that people simply don’t realise the consequences of their actions. For example, did you know that flying in a plane is ten times as damaging as taking a train?
“Cars and air travel are both huge polluters,” Mr Stratford said. “Walk if you can, and try to take holidays which don’t involve air travel - it’s a massive polluter and is directly affecting everyone’s lives.”
Gibraltar point- a nature reserve near Skegness - has had a hard time over the Christmas period, suffering from extreme flooding. The result of this winter’s tidal surge was extensive damage to the reserve. Jennifer Morpeth, a warden from Gibraltar point, said that salt water had flooded fresh water marshes and they don’t yet know what long-term effect this will have on the reserve. The flooding has had a very costly impact: broken walkways, bolder clay left lying on the land and the visitor centre flooded. All this damage could lead to job losses as school groups have had to cancel planned stays at the reserve.
There are many ways in which we can take individual responsibility for our carbon footprint. Mr Stratford stated: “There are things we can do to help prevent climate change - but we will not now stop it completely. Although we may all enjoy hotter summers, this positive local effect masks a real global danger.”
In the past century, global temperatures have risen by almost one degree and this is due to rise further. This may not sound much, but its impact may be catastrophic.
Mr Stratford suggested the following possible easy ways to help slow the rate the change: turning off all electrical appliances when not in use; don’t leave anything on standby - they will still a lot of electricity; don’t leave taps running; use cars less, try to use alternative transport to flying; recycle your waste, and buy locally.
The scientific evidence that climate change is man-made is hugely compelling. Without a greater effort, the effect of increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will impact on us all. We have to act now – it is everyone’s responsibility.
Credit goes to: Tegan Morris, Ellie Turner, Larissa Vickers, Isobel Winfarrah, Eleanor Leader, Chloe Bradley, Lydia Robinson, William Ashe, Luke Stubbs, Nicholas Ashe, Robert Brooks, Josh Forman, Kieran Snell, Mason Osborne and Calab Griffin.