VLES Canada/Uganda Energy Diet Students
“Together we will fight climate change and conserve energy. AYOWECCA Uganda students have joined our team to celebtate the 10th year of Classroom Energy Diet. Together we will learn together, conserve energy and fight climate change.”
- 15 Challenges Completed
- 2 Challenges not completed
A Green-Powered Canada
We researched Green Power to see how and where it was used. Some of us live near the solar farm in Sarnia. Some of us live near lots of greenhouses. Many of us live along Lake Huron, Lake Erie and the St. Clair River. One person in our class has wind turbines on the farm land they rent. They even had a turbine collapse. We are building Minecraft cities that run on Green Energy. This is one of our favourite activities as we work in groups. Our team partners in Uganda wish they had solar power for all of their houses. They don’t have power in many of their homes. They read around a small light at night in the homes in the village. B said, “I wish we could get them solar panels for all of their homes. “ They have so much sunlight. Solar panels would give them light at night to do school work and read. ”
1. We researched the pros and cons of using types of mobility. Then we researched the past, present and future of modes of transportation. We learned to make word clouds using words from the websites we researched. 2. Our partnership Climate Change students in Uganda showed us their modes of transportation. They walk in their village to get water and do laundry. They have a bike. Other people in Uganda have boda boda’s which are like motorcycles. 3. Our climate change team partners cause less damage in their environment. We learned that we need to walk and bike more to school. Some of us ride the bus which is better than getting driven in cars.
Donation Bags Blessing Bags Giving Bags Sharing Bags We live far apart in our virtual class so we have different places to donate to. We picked places to donate because we learned about circular economy which keeping things in the loop so more things don’t have to be made. So we collected stuff at home because of Covid. We made different bags like clothes bags, food bags, mixed bags, personal item bags. We found ideas on lists in Google pictures. We researched where to send our bags. Our families will drop off items because we can’t drive. Some of us are dropping off after Covid to be safe. So our teacher also donated $300 to our Energy Diet Teammates in Uganda. Their leader wanted them to have a uniform to wear so the stand out in the community. This makes others want to join the Energy Diet Climate Change Team. They love their t-shirts so much and are so proud and thankful. We learned how important it is to reuse and donate items. We learned how important it is to help other people and conserve energy at the same time. At first we didn’t realize that conserving energy is reusing and donating. Don’t create so much new stuff. We have enough to share.
Do You Really Need It?
Everyone decided what what they would give up to conserve energy. In virtual school we are on our technology a lot. We have learned the importance of taking technology breaks. We have really enjoyed our time in the snow this year. We like playing with our pets and games. Some of us like to read. We also take walks or workout with our families. Our teammates in Uganda spend much more time in nature and don’t have computers, iPads or phones. They wish for workbooks, pens and reading materials instead of all the technology we have.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
1 comparing Carbon footprint with a bear. 2 carbon footprint calculator 3 Uganda climate change students shared their foot prints with us. 4 carbon footprint colour rings The bear has the smallest footprint. People without cars have lower footprint. There are many things we need to change to decrease our footprints.
Limited Edition: Game Time!
We completed the game. We learned about not wasting food. We learned about ugly food. We thought about our own waste and better options to decrease food waste. We learned about the time and effort our friends in Uganda put into preparing food. Seeing the effort to get water in the village by our Uganda families made us think that we waste too much water. “We learned how to decrease food waste and conserve water. “ We know all Canadian communities don’t have safe water.” They even use the food they grow to create organic pesticide.
One Hour No Power
We calculated our individual hours without power. Then we calculated the average for our class. The average was 2 hours per day over 14 days. Our teammates in Uganda are in need of safe light so they can study at night. We wish we could find a company to purchase solar lights for the students in the village. Developing countries need solar light so their children are safe to study once it gets dark out. Kerosene and burning candles case lung problems and candles can hurt children reading in bed. It is dangerous, but they want to study and do homework. We need to decrease our energy consumption. We need to help increase their solar power options. S. C. K.
Round and Round it Goes
It is simple make less. Keep things in the loop. We need to repurpose, reuse and recycle. We can use chip bags to create warm sleeping bag covers for the homeless. We can use juice pouches to make bags, wallets and change holders. We can use plastic bags to make sleeping mats for those in need. We can donate many items to keep them out of landfills. We can stop making items that can’t be recycled. Circular economy is better than linear economy.
We wrote letters to ourselves. We are wondering about the things that will happen in the future. We hope our Uganda teammates will have more in the future. We have to use less and waste less. In 20 years we want their standard of living to go up while we do better to protect and help heal the earth.
Some students did the activity with families and entered into the citizen challenge. Some students did their take home challenges on their own. Some people completed part of the challenge. We learned that our parents need to buy less items in packaging. We learned that we have to talk to family, friends and our community members to encourage them to Waste Less. We learned this in our Endangereds novel. Small things we do at home help the animals that live far away from us. Our friends in Uganda collected bottles that should have been recycled in their community. The reused the bottles to make a composter. If we were in school together we would build one. We also learned that they work too hard to grow food so they don’t waste any food. The food isn’t put in plastic and packaging because it is fresh so they waste less.
The Phantom of the Classroom
We have so many items plugged in. In Uganda our teammates don’t have items plugged in. They are a developing country wishing for light to study by at night. We have power 24 hours a day. We need to decrease our power and we need to help developing countries have more power. We researched Phantom Power. We watched videos. We watched a PowerPoint. Then we searched our homes and found green rooms with the least power. We marked the room with the most plugged in items red. We totalled up our Phantom Energy in our homes. Then we began to unplug. How can we help students in developing countries have safe ways to study? They have so much sun. Solar power would be perfect to generate in Uganda.
Tips and Tricks
First, some of us did the citizen challenge with our families and promoted wearing sweaters and turning down the heat. Then, we made posters to put up in our homes because we are virtual. Our teacher puts our pictures up on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram to remind people to save energy. Our teammates in Uganda made pictures and sent us videos of their work to fight climate change.
We tracked our water on two days. We learned about Levi’s waterless jeans. We learned about how much water it takes to make clothes, plastic bottles, food, vehicles and other items. We each picked an item. We learned about how important it is to fix leaking taps. We know that every house should have water barrels to capture rainfall to be used to water plants. We can’t waste water because other countries really need it. Our teammates un Uganda made us realize that we waste too much water. The have to walk long distances to get water. Many use unsafe stream water and get sick. Tiny streams are places where they collect water to drink, do laundry and bath. The have to walk to the water well to get water each day. They have to boil the water but many don’t. We wish that our teammates had Life Straws or bottles to filter the water. Life Straw community filters would help to make water safe, but it cost a lot. We wish companies would donate some to our teammates.
What’s For Lunch?
We created menus. We used the Eat Low Carbon website to help us with numbers. We found foods in flyers that we ate in our lunches. We found where our food came from. We know that we should pick foods from close by. If it comes in a plane it is to far away. Sometimes longer distance does beat out foods kept in freezers for a long time. We found that kiwis are grown in Ontario. We thought they were from far away. Our teammates in Uganda eat only local foods. They live in poverty while we have and waste so much. They work so hard for their food and water. We have to make better decisions and waste less.