New Inquiry Topic!

Our new inquiry topic this term focuses on the environment and sustainability. We have called our unit…

Eco Warriors

To launch the topic, we brainstormed different environmental issues or actions. You can see some of our ideas in the Tagxedo word cloud below.

Tagxedo

To increase our knowledge about the environmental issues facing our planet, we have been reading a variety of articles and online texts, and listening to BTN stories. All students are analysing each of these on their iPads.

Early next week, students will select an issue they would like to investigate further and they will complete a variety of tasks during the term to demonstrate their learning.

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Can you share an interesting fact about a particular environmental issue?

How do you help the environment?

What does the phrase, “Every individual matters, every action counts” mean?

25 thoughts on “New Inquiry Topic!

  1. Dear Miss Jordan,
    Today more than ever we need to keep the worlds resources clean and use only green energy to protect our future.
    Signing off from
    Alex

  2. lots of energy is Benign used in Australia and mostly other places. the power is made by cole,gas and folio. Most people are using power in Melbourne and New York.

    Now lost and lots of cole is gone because of the use. And the fossil fuels are going as well if you don’t know what Fossil Fuels i am here to tell you. Fossil fuels come for dinosaurs and when the dinosaurs die they become Fossils and then the Fuel part is that people dig up the Fossils and then use all of the carbon and use that to make

    iPads,internet,cars,bus,lights,computers and all the technology you can think of.
    From Ebony

  3. Hi class,

    Here are 10 facts about energy saving:

    * humans have used fossil fuels since around 1000 BC

    * Throughout history energy in its various forms has provided power to sustain our lives through heating, cooling, transportation and the commodities that support us.

    * As populations grew societies demanded more and more fossil fuels to support an insatiable global consumption.

    * 87% of all energy used today comes from fossil fuels.

    * Global investment in renewable energy in 2011 increased by 17% to $257 billion.

    * Solar panels would help the energy.

    * LED light would be in handy.

    * The five main types of renewable energy are:
    Solar
    Wind
    Hydro
    Biomass
    Geothermal

    * 1,640,000 cars from our roads.

    * Hydro energy is used in more than 160 countries around the world, including Australia.

    From,
    Ginger

  4. Hello 4B,
    After you hear these environmental facts you will see how terrible our environment is getting and to start us off 380 billion plastic bags have been produced this year.
    •Worldwide, we buy furniture corresponding to the total economic output of Norway – 12,000 US dollars every second. All those pieces of furniture require enormous amounts of trees, cotton and other materials.

    •The world uses over 500 million terajoules of energy in one year. This corresponds to the energy released from the Hiroshima nuclear bomb every four seconds. A Boeing 737 can cross the Atlantic Ocean on one terajoule.

    •Every year, developing countries receive about 120 billion US dollars in aid from rich countries.

    •Almost 5 billion cubic meters of wood are produced every year.

    •The daily use of freshwater per person is 3,400 liters (global average).

    •It’s a total of 105 million cans are used a year.

    •If we keep on burning oil as we do today, we will run out of it in 2054. And the demands for oil are increasing.

    •Hazardous wastes are wastes that can cause substantial threats to our health and the environment.

    •Japan owns a nuclear power plant near one of their city’s that always have earthquakes.
    Those are some pretty bad things that are going on in the world.
    From Tom.

  5. Lots of energy is Benign To be used in Australia. The power is made by cole,gas and fuel. Most people are using power lots of energy is Benign used in Australia and mostly other places. the power is made by cole,gas and fuel. Most people are using power in Melbourne and New York.

    Now lost and lots of cole is gone because of the use. And the fossil fuels are going as well if you don’t know what Fossil Fuels i am here to tell you. Fossil fuels come for dinosaurs and when the dinosaurs die they become Fossils and then the Fuel part is that people dig up the Fossils and then use all of the carbon and use that to make.

    iPads,internet,cars,bus,lights,computers and all the technology you can think of.
    From Ebony

  6. Hi 4B,

    Here are some facts I’ve found about the environment,
    – Most of the current deforestation is taking place in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia.
    – An estimated 25% of wood that harvested around the world goes towards making paper.
    – It takes wind speeds averaging 14 miles per hour for the wind turbine to convert wind into energy.
    – Converting manure into energy is known as biomass, it’s popularity is growing with 200 bio power plants in the U.S.
    – Ocean pollution causes marine animals to die.
    – One of the biggest ocean polluters are cruise liners, in a week the average cruise liner dump a million gallons of waste water in the ocean.

    I hope you liked my facts I certainly thought they were very interesting,

    From Jeremy

  7. Hi 4B,

    These are my facts about the environment.

    – there are 46 coal mines in Australia

    – 64 percent of air pollution is for coal

    – 54 percent of households in Australia are powered by coal

    – 5.5 billion tons of coal are used in a year

    – global warming is the term used to describe a gradual increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere and its oceans, a change that is believed to be permanently changing the Earth’s climate

    – Solar panel refers either to a solar hot water panel

    – Solar panels produce 1000 watts of sunlight per square meter of surface.

    – wind turbines produce 10,000 kWh a day

    – fossil fuels provide over 80 percent of the worlds power

    – 27,000 trees are cut down each day so we can have Toilet Paper.

    – Aluminium can be recycled continuously, as in forever. Recycling 1 aluminium can save enough energy to run our TVs for at least 3 hours.

    – 80 trillion aluminum cans are used by humans every year.

    – The world’s oldest trees are more than 4,600 years old.

    For your mate
    Flynn.H

  8. dear miss Jordan and 4B,
    these are some facts about the environmental issues that I found.

    .An amount 80% of the world’s forests have already been lost to deforestation

    •Almost 800 species on Earth have become extinct now

    •The ocean is polluted, on a regular basis, by: oil, solid garbage, fertilisers, sewage, and toxic chemicals.

    Species – plants, animals, and marine life – are disappearing from the plant at a rapid pace of speed.

    Ozone layer depletion is one of the top environmental issues affecting the world today.

    Climate change, also referred to as “global warming,” is one of the most significant environmental issues the Earth faces.

    Oceans and seas are one of the world’s greatest natural resources, and they’re being polluted at an very fast rate.

    Small and large mining plans across the globe, both surface mining and underground mining, have contributed heavily to environmental issues.

    there are just a couple of horrible environmental issues that are harming our world, so lets step up our game!
    from your class mate jarrah!

    • Hi Jarrah,

      I loved your facts expshley 800 spices on erath have been extinc
      and also I a fill sorry for the animmals that are extinct.

      class friend,
      Ginger

  9. Dear 4B,
    Recently I reaserched some environment facts at school for an Inquiry lesson. You can read them below :

    – There were 150 glaciers in Glacier National Park, Montana in 1910, but now there are only 27.
    – Air pollution has led to smog, ozone layer depletion and ocean pollution
    – There is indoor pollution, caused from cigarette smoke, as well as outdoor pollution
    – There are more than 41, 000 species of animals and plants on Earth, and more than 16, 000 of them are endangered
    – Across Earth, an estimated 1 billion people don’t have safe drinking water
    – Only 3% of the water on Earth is freshwater
    – Most ocean pollution, approximately 80%, starts on land and then washes into the sea
    – Ocean pollution causes fish, marine plants and birds to die
    – A single chlorine can can destroy 100, 000 ozone molecules
    – Acid rain can be carried hundreds of kilometres
    – Acid rain can affect rivers, lakes, freshwater fish and forests
    – The 1970s was the worst year for acid rain
    – About 25% of the wood that is harvested goes toward making paper
    – Since 1970, the Amazon has shrunk by 15%
    – Small mining operations can be destructive
    – In the United States, from 1930 to 2000, more than 5.9 million acres of land were altered because of coal mining

    I hope you learnt something new from my facts.

    What is the most interesting fact you know about the environment?
    From,
    Jema!

  10. Hi 4b,
    these are some facts I found out about our environment.
    *Each year what Australia puts into landfill can cover the whole of Victoria!

    *Wind farms are really loud!

    *That the Victorian politicians are going to make people pay 25c for each plastic bag they gat at the super market!

    *All that plastic and dirt that you throw on the ground dirties the land and when you don’t maintain the hygiene, then disease prevails!

    *At some schools they have worm farms so that their food scraps do not get thrown away!

    *Lots of schools have a team that are helping their school help the environment!

    *Recycling one aluminium can, can run a TV for three hours!

    *On average ONE super market uses 60,500,000 plastic bags per year!

    *On average we are cutting down rainforests at a rate of 100 acres per minute!

    *You burn more calories sleeping than watching TV!

    I hope this has expanded your knowledge on our earth!
    Thanks for reading,
    From Emma

  11. To 4B,

    Here are some interesting facts about environmental facts.
    • There were 150 glaciers in Glacier National Park in Montana in 1910 and today there are only 27.
    • Fertilizes, sewage, animal waste, mining operations and leaking landfills cause water pollution.
    • Climate change effects temperatures and can cause glaciers to melt.
    • If you burn waste it will pollute the air.
    • Climate change causes species to become endangered and extincted.
    • Industrial waste and oil spills causes river and lake pollution.
    • More than 70% of the Amazon has been deforested.
    • An estimated 25% of wood that is harvested around the world is used for paper production.
    • Acid rain and pollution from ships causes ocean pollution.
    • Aproximently 80% ocean pollution starts on land and washes in the ocean.

    From Dalton

  12. Hi 4B and others,

    Here are some interesting facts about greenhouse gases that I have researched,
    How greenhouse gases affect earth?
    • Greenhouse gases keep the heat in the atmosphere and that causes global warming.
    How are greenhouse gases prevented in the first place?
    • Greenhouse gases are produced through activities which releases carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and ozone.
    • Did you know that greenhouse gases also makes high clouds. (The high cloud comes from Cirrus, Cirrostratus, and Cirrocumulus clouds)
    • Since the industrial revolution other greenhouse gases has increase in the atmosphere. The activitys that houmans do has also increased the concentration of another potent greenhouse gases.

    From Donovan

  13. Hi 4B,
    Here is some facts I Googled on the Internet. Enjoy!

    • Pollution is one of the biggest global killer, affecting over 100 million people.

    • Every year 2.2 billion tons of waste is dumped in our oceans.

    • It took us only 55 years to wipe out 90% of the oceans predators.

    • 72020 of species gone extinct this year so far.

    • An estimated 80% of the worlds forests have been lost to deforestation.

    • 160000 plastic bags are made every second.

    • every 2 hours throw away enough stuff to fill a ship

    Hope you liked my facts Elliot

  14. Hi 4B

    These are the facts I found,

    Australia is the second biggest produce of rubbish in the world.

    Last year in china has invested the most renewable energy of $230.000.000.000.

    Water is one of the world’s most important resources.

    The foods you eat, the clothes you wear and the products you buy generally use water in some part of their production.

    Americans use approximately 380 billion plastic bags per year, which averages out to almost 1,200 bags per person.

    The top 10 environmental disasters have all occurred in the past 100 years.

    Every year we dump a massive 2.12 billion tons of waste.

    Over 10 billion tons of water is used in a day worldwide.

    See you tommorow
    KODES

  15. Hi 4B,
    This is the facts I found.
    • We use 4 billion plastic bags a year. If you made a chain with 4 billion plastic bags it would go around the world 25 times.

    • In Australia each person uses 2kg of rubbish daily.

    • A shower head uses up to 25 liters of water per minute.

    • By recycling 1 plastic bottle, a person can save enough energy to power their computer for 25 minutes.

    • 1 tree makes approximately 3000 pieces of paper.

    • Recycling a glass bottle will save enough energy to power a light bulb for 4 hours.

    • 1,174,541,966 tons of waste has been dumped this year.

    • 5,540,325 tons of waste has been dumped in oceans this year.

    From Charlotte!

  16. Dear 4b and miss Jordan,

    Here are some interesting facts about environment.

    1. Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.

    2. The worlds oldest trees are 4,600 year old Bristlecone pines in the USA.

    3. the amount of wood and paper we throw away that would be enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.

    4. Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour that can over 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.

    5. A modern glass bottle takes 4000 years to decompose

    6. Only 1% of the worlds water is useable, 97% is the oceans water and 2% is frozen for now.

    7. The worlds highest type of tree is Coast redwood it is more than 360 feet or 110 meters.

  17. Hi 4B,
    Here are some facts of environmental issues.
    • From 1900-2009 global average surface temperatures rose by approximately 0.7°
    • Every year we dump a massive 2.12 billion tons of waste. If all this waste was put on trucks they would
    go around the world 24 times.
    • If nothing changes we will have increased our coal with over 50 percent by 2030.
    • 130,000 square kilometers of forests are cut down or burned every year
    • 1 species of animal is extinct every 5 minutes
    • 72,023 Number of species gone extinct this year
    • Every year we use a 4 trillion meters of freshwater
    • our water usage equivalent to 50 Olympic swimming pools every second
    • At least 10% of the 100 million tons of plastic we use every year end up in the oceans
    Ted

  18. Hi 4B
    These are my facts that I looked
    – Three types of tigers are instinct
    – Almost 800 species are instinct
    – Ocean pollution causes sea animals to die
    – Only three percent of water in lakes is fresh
    – cigarettes pollute the air
    – gas pollutes the air

    These are my facts that I looked up
    By Maddie

  19. Dear 4B

    • Greenhouse gas is good
    • The greenhouse gas keeps the climate in 15 deegres
    • There are oil and fuel planes,trucks and cars
    • Fosil fuels let out carben dioxcide
    • Food is made from oil
    • 500,000 of food is oil made
    • sustanibility means to keep doing somthing at the same rate
    • 85% of astrailans was on water risritions
    • our drinking water comes from rivers

    From Toby

  20. Hi 4b

    Here’s some facts about the environment

    We use 7 gallons of water in a single minute.

    Indoor air pollution causes approximately 2 million deaths manly in developing countries.

    We breathe about 20,000 liters of air each day.

    Recycling one finest metals can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.

    Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute.

    If you walk a mile along an average US highway, you will see, on average about 1,457 pieces of litter.

    Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.

    About one-third of an average landfill is made up of packaging material.
    From Sarah

  21. Here are some facts I researched about environmental issues.

    1. Did you know over the last 100 years when we started using proper technology, we have used more than we did y when tech wasn’t as wise, until 1,000 years after.

    2. Also one kg of beef takes 15,000 litres of water before ready.

    3. ten of the most major environmental issues have occurred in the past 100 years.

    4. Agriculture practices are injecting massive amounts of pesticides and fertilisers are going into the ground.

    5. In only Australia there has been 4,000.000,000 plastic bags used that’s enough to go around the world 25 times.

    6. It’s estimated that in 2030 there will be a 60% increase of plastic bags than 2020.

    7. An estimated 80% of the worlds forests have already been chopped down.

    8. Most of our oceans are being polluted by sewage oil garbage and toxic.

    9. Americans have used about 380billion plastic bags per year.

    10. Windmills were used 200BC to grind grain and pump water.

  22. Hello 4b
    Are you hungry for information?
    Well if you are , then look down below.

    Every year, an estimated 2.2 billion tons of waste is dumped in the ocean.
    It took us only 55 years to wipe out 90% of the ocean’s predators.
    In the last 200 years, we have added 2.3 trillion tons of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere?.
    The reefs grow at a rate of only 0.3 cm to 10 cm a day?
    Did you know that more than 3 million children mostly at the age of 5 & under die from pollution coming from factories or vehicles.
    •An estimated 80% of the world’s forests have already been chopped down.
    •The ocean is polluted, on a regular basis, by: oil, solid garbage, fertilizers, sewage, and toxic chemicals.
    •Almost 800 species on Earth have become extinct.
    More than 2 million people globally die prematurely every year due to outdoor and indoor air pollution.

    Thanked for reading my facts.

    By Val.

  23. Hi 4b

    Here are my 10 facts

    •Mining and its role in global warming, acid mine waste, and soil and air pollution resulting from toxic fumes and heavy metals.

    •Logging, deforestation,cutting down trees, destruction of wildlife habitats, and greenhouse gas that contribute to global warming.

    •land usage, urban sprawl, lack of free space, and habitat destruction and fragmentation.

    •Rainforests cover only 6% of the world’s surface yet they are home to more than 50% of the plant and animal on Earth.

    •Every minute, forests the size of 20 football fields are cut down.

    •There are 5 major rainforests:

    The Amazon in South America
    The Congo in Central Africa
    Southeast Asia
    New Guinea
    Madagascar

    •Burning coal is a leading cause of smog, acid rain, global warming, and air toxics.

    •Only 35 percent of coal’s energy (and some say at the most) is made into electricity in coal-fired power plants. The rest is lost as waste heat.

    221,612,236,343 Tons of melted ice this year.
    From Rex

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