In class today we were having a Skype session with students from India and Israel. We discussed the topic of climate change and the issues around it. The students from Israel were around eleven-years-old and from Tel Aviv. From India, they were twelve-years-old and from the city Gurgaon, close to New Dehli. During the conversation we got questions that involved our experience with climate change in Norway, and we asked the students questions like; how are you affected, what can young people do, how is your country addressing this issue, what do you doing differently in your country compared to our, and what are the consequences of global warming?
The students from India said they are affected by climate change in their city. India has lots of problems with floods and air pollution. They mentioned that the fog from the water and the smoke from the factories made the people feel like they were living in a gas chamber. People from India are trying to make a difference by recycling the newspaper and used it instead of plastic.
The biggest concern from the students in Tel Aviv is that the temperature is rising, and it is getting warmer. The consequence of the heat is lack of water, and it leads to droughts. The students are working on a project to collect water at their school. Many people in Israel do not have enough water to live a normal, healthy life.
We also got in touch with some students from Australia through a common padlet. We got some really great answers to our questions. They could tell us that Australia and especially South Australia are very aware of climate change. This summer was the hottest summer they have seen, with a temperature at 50 degrees Celcius. The result of the heat was power outages across the state and the agricultural sector was greatly impacted. They told us that heat is a big problem for the pets in the city also. They cannot cope with the high temperatures. The Australians are fighting climate change by separating garbage, recycling, and using both solar power and wind power, and people are encouraged to walk and cycle. The region the students live in has actually banned different uses of plastic, for instance, plastic bags at supermarkets and grocery stores.
I think it is important that we are discussing this topic. All the countries have to be aware of the issue and work to make a change to stop global warming. I learned a lot from talking to these three countries, and it made me more aware of how the government in Norway is facing this issue compared to other countries. I look forward to being taught more about this topic in the future.