Thursday, 17 January 2019

Activity 3: Concluding the Journey

Sadly, the Summer Learning Journey has now come to an end. It is time to reflect on everything that you have learned about the environment and, particularly, about how you can protect and preserve it.

On your blog please tell us:

  1. What is one thing that you learned from participating in the Summer Learning Journey programme this year?
  2. What is one thing that surprised you?
  3. What is one thing that concerned or upset you?
  4. What is one thing that you (or your family) can do, moving forward, to help protect our natural environment?

1. I learnt about different species alive, endangered and extinct.
2. That you could adopt animals like giraffes and pandas.
3. The fact that people need to protect wildlife reserves from poachers and hunters.
4. To stop using plastic as much.

Activity 2: Adoption Day

Not only can you help the planet by reducing, reusing and recycling, you can also help to save animals and plants by ‘adopting’ them. To ‘adopt’ an animal through the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), you need to visit their adopt a species page, read through the list of animals and choose one.
With the WWF, you don’t actually adopt the animal and bring it home! It’s a symbolic adoption. In this case you pay a fee ($55.00) and the money is used to provide food and care for your chosen animal. Visit the WWF site and take a look at the animals who are available for adoption. Choose your ‘top three’ animals from the website.
On your blog, list the three animals that you have chosen and then compare and contrast them. How are they similar? How are they different? At the bottom of your post, tell us which of the three animals you would most like to adopt..
The three animals that I would want to adopt are the Pygmy Rabbit, a Macaw and a Panda.
They're similar because they are all warm climate animals, so if they were in New Zealand they'd be able to cope with the heat.
They're different because they eat different things and live in different habitats.
The one that I'd most likely adopt is the pygmy rabbit because it costs less to take care of and is less of a mess to clean up after.

Activity 1: Environment Day - Beat Plastic Pollution

Every year we celebrate World Environment Day in June. On World Environment Day we do what we can to protect our planet. This year the focus is on reducing the use of plastic bags and water bottles. Watch this Environment Day video to learn more about it!
What could you and your family do to protect the planet?
On your blog tell us three things that you could do to help save the planet.
Three things that I could do to help save the planet are to stop using plastic bags as much or at all, pick up rubbish lying around, and recycle recyclable items.

Activity 3: Restricted Access

While much of our programme has focused on New Zealand, it is important that we also consider the environment in other places as well. One of the most unusual and spectacular sites to visit outside of New Zealand is called Machu Picchu. It is an ancient city that was built high up in the mountains in the country of Peru in South America. You have to take a train and/or walk through a series of mountains and valleys to reach it.
Over the past few decades millions of tourists have made the trek to Machu Picchu. Unfortunately, this has damaged the area and the local government has decided to restrict the number of visitors to the site each year. This decision has upset a lot of tourists who really want to see Machu Picchu but aren’t allowed to go.
On your blog, tell us what you think about the government’s decision to restrict the number of tourists able to visit this special site. Is it fair? Be sure to tell us why you feel the way that you do.
I think that the government's decision is a good one because I'd prefer not be able to visit the Machu Picchu once than never being able to visit it because of damage. I also think that restricting people's access to the structure might make people treasure their trip more, and make them think twice about damaging, littering or doing anything that they're not supposed to.

Activity 2: The Plastic Pledge

Over the past few decades some of New Zealand’s beaches have become dumping grounds for waste and rubbish. Almost 80% of this waste is made up of plastic items. Yikes!
Some companies in New Zealand have heard about the problem and agreed to cut down on their use of plastic. Countdown supermarkets, for example, have announced that they will stop giving out plastic bags to customers.  What do you think of this idea? What do your friends and family think? Is it a good idea or not?
For this activity, please ask one member of your family and/or a friend what they think about Countdown’s decision to go ‘plastic bag free.’
On your blog, tell us what they think about Countdown’s decision to stop using plastic bags
I asked my brother Daniel and he said that it was a good idea to stop plastic bags from flying everywhere and choking sea creatures and animals, and my Mum said that it's a start for stopping or getting rid of pollution.

Activity 1: Campaigning for Conservation

New Zealand is home to so many beautiful, unique and, sometimes, endangered animals and habitats. The Forest & Bird organisation is working really hard to protect vulnerable animals and places in NZ. They are doing everything that they can to raise money and to raise awareness so that everyone knows about these issues. These are called ‘campaigns.’ Check out the Forest & Bird campaigns site to learn more about them.
Imagine, that you have been hired by Forest & Bird New Zealand to work on one of their campaigns. It is your job to come up with a catchy slogan for the campaign. A slogan is a short phrase or sentence that is used to advertise something. Check out examples of common slogans and logos below.
On your blog, tell us which campaign you have chosen to support and provide us with a slogan for that campaign.
The campaign that I chose to make a slogan for is the kauri die back campaign, I'm not sure if my slogan is any good but I gave it a try anyway.
"Fight back the die back"

Activity 3: The Power of Ten

Sir David Attenborough is a famous TV presenter from England who loves nature and the natural world. He has spent his career filming documentaries about the planet and working hard to protect it. In a recent interview, Sir David was asked to reflect on all that he had learned and to imagine that he had suddenly been given the power to save 10 animals and/or plants from extinction (disappearing forever).
After thinking about the question, he listed these 10 species (animals/plants):

1. Black Lion Tamarin (pictured to the right)

Let’s imagine that you had the same power and that you could save 10 species (animals or plants) from extinction. Who would you save? If I had the choice I would probably save animals like the elephant, white tiger and rhinoceros because they are unique and have lived for centuries on earth. I would also like to save some of my favourite flowers including hydrangeas and calla lily flowers. What about you?
On your blog, list 10 species (animals or plants) that you would protect from extinction. For each one, give a reason as to why you think it is important to protect.
1. Bengal Tigers because there are less than 2,500 of them left.
2. The Western Black Rhinoceros because they went extinct years ago.
3. The Kakapo because it's native to New Zealand.
4. The Dodo because I've always wanted to see what they looked like when they were alive.
5. The Kokako because they are native to New Zealand.
6. Black Robins because there are only a few of them left.
7. The Sumatran Elephant because there are only 2,400 - 2,800 of them left.
8. The Giant Panda because pandas are losing their habitats.
9. Polar bears because global warming is melting Antarctica.
10. Narwhales because they're my favourite sea creatures.