A screenshot from Global Meltdown, the documentary we saw with Bill Nye
In this quarter of Environmental Ethics, we have been focused on climate change and watched a documentary on it. We have spent majority of the time researching and my topic was climate change in developing countries.I chose this topic because I found it on my own and thought it would be unique and interesting. After that, I started prep for my presentation. I created a presentation and a speech for my product but I think I delivered it very convincingly and very powerfully. I also feel like I also hit very important points in my presentation.
Reflection on Iteration and Personal Growth in Portfolio Item
Throughout this project I have only iterated once, to change my product. Originally, it was going to be a presentation and two different posters artistically representing a graph I found online that shows who is causing climate change, but when I made it I did not like how it turned out and didn’t have enough time to redo it so I just showed my presentation. I could improve on my time management in the future by creating a calendar with different goals set on it. I have shown growth in Thinking Systemically by zooming in and out continuously throughout my research to connect seemingly unattached topics together. In Thinking Systemically I’m really good at zooming in but I have a hard time zooming out. I can work on fixing this by keeping an open mind and think about multiple topics while research a specific one.
Graphs I planned on making a poster out of
Explanation of How Portfolio Item Represents Sustainability Skill/Essential Question
Kiribati climate change website banner
The sea otter is a water dwelling mammal that feeds on clams and sea urchins. You wouldn't think it at first glance, but these adorable little endangered species is important to the ocean's ecosystem. They eat a special kind of sea urchin that, without having their population controlled by the otters, would take over and kill kelp forests, destroying a huge habitat for hundreds of marines species. My project relates to Thinking Systemically and the sea otters because I had to look at one small topic, Kiribati, which related to so much more regarding legal bindings and climate change. After zooming in I zoomed out and looked just at developing countries as a whole and what they’re doing to cause global warming as well. I also found that interdependence throughout the different counties by having to depend on each other for not causing too much pollution that could travel around the world. I sought a solution to this problem by researching different laws and renewable energy sources that countries who have problems with global warming can implement.
My project on developing countries and climate change relates to question 4, 'What is the best way for humans to live?' because, in my presentation I talked about what all countries can do to fix climate change, including renewable energy sources and laws, effectively changing lives. It helped me gain a better understanding of question 4 by showing that there is more than one way to fix a problem and that there are hundreds of different opinions on the best ways for humans to live and that there is no one true correct answer. My new definition for Thinking Systemically, with help from the sea otter, is "SEEQers think about the different layers of a system and zoom in and out to learn and be able to explain why and how one object/organism can change a network of complex topics and perspectives." opposed to "SEEQers tailor their communication to its context. They consider what their audience needs and expects—clarity and craft chief among them. SEEQers organize their ideas and select the medium that best serves their message. When they express, they show that they've also been listening." created by the SEEQS staff.