Climate Change Where I Live

Agincourt CI

AGINCOURT COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE

  • Oldest high school in Scarborough
    • 101 years old
  • Eco-school
  • Agincourt won the video challenge (‘Take Charge’ video) Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC) 2015
  • Academics, Arts, Athletics - the 3 As

TRANSPORTATION

We researched about what we can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation industry. Here are solutions we came up with:

  • Implement a congestion charge in downtown Toronto
  • Walk, bike, carpool or take public transit
  • Encourage the use of hybrid and electric cars

TRANSPORTATION

There are many things we can do to help reduce our carbon footprint. Examples:

  • If a congestion charge was implemented in downtown Toronto…
    • less greenhouse gas emissions
    • no more gridlocks
    • encourage people to take public transportation and carpool
  • Offer incentives to encourage people to drive hybrid or electric vehicles instead of vehicles running on gasoline
    • Exemption from charge if implemented

ENERGY PRODUCTION

We focused on what the government could do to promote the use of solar panels and we found a program that does just that.

Grasshopper’s free solar program: installs free solar panels on your roof

  • Energy produced goes to the company
  • Panels raise the amount your house is worth
  • Gain money for the use of your roof
  • Panels protect your roof
  • Helps the environment

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11828078/Rooftop-solar-panels-to-lose-3840-payout-in-drastic-cull-to-green-subsidies.htm

ENERGY PRODUCTION

With programs like this, we can create a Win-Win-Win situation.

  • Government will acquire the energy from the panels
  • Ontarians will receive the many benefits previously mentioned (e.g. money)
  • Environment becomes healthier due to less carbon - emissions

With all the energy received from the solar panels, the government will acquire much less energy from the burning of fossil fuels.

For more information on Grasshopper’s free solar program: http://www.grasshoppersolar.com/solar-programs/free-solar/

AGRICULTURE

  • Organic foods are commonly misinterpreted as overpriced rip offs.
  • Less than 50% of our society has been properly educated in the purpose and the importance of organic foods.
  • Organic foods are produced through organic farming, without the use of any pesticides and with a minimum amount of fertilizers.
  • If a pesticide can kill a bug why should humans be consuming them?
  • More importantly the soil becomes less nutritious as the pesticides erode and deteriorate the original content.

AGRICULTURE

  • Our voice is to create a commercial educating our society on the importance of organic foods and the consequences of consuming too much GMO’s
  • The importance of organic foods should be taught in schools
  • All grocery stores should offer a wider range of organic foods
  • Restaurants should start selling more organic foods and also educating our society

FOOD PRODUCTION

Some of the major challenges in moving towards a lower carbon Ontario include encouraging people to do putting more effort into choosing their foods. There are several factors that contribute to the impact that food has on climate change.

Some examples are:

  • How low on the food chain it is
  • How much energy is used to produce it
  • Whether the food is grown organically or with chemicals
  • Transportation
  • Methane released by the livestock

FOOD PRODUCTION

We can reduce climate change regarding food production by:

  • Eating meat-free meals
    • Try to eat at least one meat free meal a day and then start to gradually reduce the amount of meat they eat
    • People should buy organically and locally food whenever possible.
  • Reading the labels
  • Choosing food that is organically and locally grown
  • Growing your own food eliminates the transportation needed.

http://www.environment.ucla.edu/newsroom/the-environmental-footprint-of-food/

PUBLIC HEALTH

As a group, we researched the connection between climate change and a possible decline in the future health of people in our community. We focused mainly on diseases that people are at higher risk of getting due to this increase in temperature. As a result of temperature rising, disease-carrying organisms like mosquitoes and rodents to spread to a much larger area.

Some diseases/viruses that are more common because of climate change are:

  • Malaria (over breeding of mosquitoes)
  • Zika Virus (mosquitoes)
  • West Nile Virus
  • Lyme Disease (ticks)

PUBLIC HEALTH

There are many precautions that we can take as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint and protect our health. Some examples are:

  • Wearing protective clothing/use insect repellent
  • Centers that educate people about health
  • Prepare and handle food safely
  • Keep all immunizations up to date
  • Use modes of transport that minimize the amount of carbon you produce (increased levels of carbon dioxide causes more weeds to grow and helps individual weed to release more pollen)

Source : http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/climate-change/science/impacts/health-impacts/

Thank you

Agincourt CI

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