Global Warming

Climate change is a topic that the United Nations has taken seriously for decades, having founded the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) already in 1994, initiated during the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has existed since 1988. They work “to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies” (https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/session48/pr_181008_P48_spm_en.pdf).

In December, the IPCC will present to the Katowice Climate Change Conference a Special Report on the effects of a global warming of 1.5⁰C above pre-industrial levels. Read the press release from the IPCC in the link above and make a note of what it says about the difference between a 1- and 2-degree increase compared to pre-industrial levels. Draw upon studies from your other subjects as well and be prepared to discuss the topic in class.

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In the news: Hunger increasing due to climate change

 

Hunger increasing due to climate change, according to a UN report.

It found that 821 million people — one in every nine — were malnourished in 2017, up from 815 million in 2016, putting at risk the UN’s goal of eradicating hunger in the world by 2030.

Goal nr. 14 – Life Under Water

Since Norad is hosting an event with a special focus on the UN Sustainability Goal nr. 14 right here in our town, we think it proper to spend some extra time on this too.

We are surrounded by fjords, but do we really know what’s going on in them?

If things continue the way they have, by 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic than fish. That is why the UN has made “Life Under Water” one of their 17 goals for sustainable development, and they hope to improve conditions somewhat by 2030.

So…what’s really the problem?
Let’s start by reading up about ocean pollution here.

That’s the problem. Trash, fertilizers, cleaning products dangerous for life under water, chemicals, and plastic.

The big bad wolf in this scenario is plastic, especially the plastic produced for one time use – such as cups, bottles, bags, straws, cutlery etc.

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(Picture from: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/watch-kind-hearted-biologist-save-6990496)

We are going to watch the 46 minute long documentary “The Plastic Whale” about an incident which took place right outside Bergen last year.

After watching this documentary, write a blog post where you:
– discuss the problems life under water are currently facing
– reflect on the impact this documentary had on you
– do you think it will help the oceans that we put more focus on this problem? Why/why not?
– Finally, what are you most likely to do in order to preserve our oceans, and what do you think others should do?

Find a fitting title to your blog post.

– Hanna

Preparing for the term test

Testing, testing, testing… Students are tested in every subject more or less all the time and International English is no exception!  To prepare for this we arrange term tests, because we want our students to be equipped for a written exam.  On December 5, Målfrid’s students worked with task 1 of a former exam. You can also listen to the speech as a Ted Talk. We want to share our knowledge with others and have made a padlet about literary devices and language features which you can access here.

Although we use blogs in our teaching, we still want our students to use a formal, academic style. Here is some useful guidance.  Good luck with your term tests!

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Even the Rain

The film Even the Rain, or También la lluvia, is a Spanish film from 2010.

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The film is about a film crew travelling to Cochabamba, Bolivia to shoot a movie about Columbus and his conquest.

ciudad-de-cochabamba While there, the government decides to privatize the water in the Cochabamba area, and water prizes rise with about 300%  only a few months. People are even forbidden to collect and use rain water. This leads to the Bolivian water war, with huge protests and demonstrations, and clashes between the people and its army. The film depicts both these stories brilliantly.

As we watch this, we are going to make use of FN-sambandets teaching material for this film.  (http://www.fn.no/Undervisning/VGS/FN-film-fra-Soer-Even-the-rain?for=elever)

Start by watching this short film in pairs, and discuss why some countries are rich and some are poor.

After the film:

1. Find out more about the Bolivian water war – why was the water privatized? Why are the inhabitants protesting? What was the result after the protests?

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2. See this film about sustainable development. The water war in Cochabamba  is a multilayered challenged for society. How does the water war affect the people, the environment and the economy in the communtiy? What does that mean for a sustainable development in Bolivia? Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals are relevant for the challenges Bolivia faces in this film?

3. Why are some countries poor? How is the world community, or economy, keeping these countries in poverty? What can we do to diminish the differences in the world?

Sources: Translated and adapted from FN-Sambandet. “Film fra Sør.” 27.10.2017.  http://www.fn.no/Undervisning/VGS/FN-film-fra-Soer-Even-the-rain?for=elever. Accessed 10.11.2017.

Water

Hanna’s class:

Goal no. 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goal is “Clean Water and Sanitation.”

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This is the last goal we will look at.

Why is access to clean water and sanitation so important? Why can this issue cause conflicts, both between companies, ethnic groups and even nations?

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In pairs you will choose a water-related conflict and co-write a text about this conflict. You can do this by using Google Docs or Padlet – just remember that both of you need to have access to the document.

You will need to include:

  • what is the conflict about? Explain the issues, and what led to this conflict
  • where and for how long has this conflict taken place?
  • how is the conflict being handled? Protests, demonstrations, law suits, armed conflict, etc.
  • what kind of solution would you offer to this conflict?

On Wednesday, you will join another pair to talk about the conflict you have chosen, and to listen to the research they have done on another water-related conflict.

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You will find a good overview of the water crisis here.

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(Pictures taken from: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/water-and-sanitation/,  http://downtoearth.danone.com/2013/08/13/infographic-facts-about-the-global-water-crisis/, https://waterfilteranswers.com/water-shortages/ and https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/cape-towns-water-crisis-5-things-you-should-know-20171019)

 

 

International Day

Work with this task:

http://bibliotek.od.no/oppgaver/english-3/

Do option 2 as a post on your blog.

Below you find a link to a google docs document. Choose two rooms you want to participate in on International Day (one black and one red) and write your name in the corresponding box. No more than two students per class in each box!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lAKgK29sX-2MK4zPX_r74ktpOliVCcI8p90dcjT4aL8/edit

Now find more information about the rooms (human library and other rooms/activities) in the link below. Make an information poster to be put on the door and which can also be shared with teachers and students before International Day. E-mail this to your teacher no later than Friday, October 27 1 pm.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CGXPmGSyXDtOhNhUflYZl_TRZoSToVYWqGdMg6w7BLs/edit