Students from Hillaby Turner’s Hall Primary got the rare opportunity to exchange their views on climate change with their United States counterparts at Ketcham Elementary School in Washington.
Class Four students at the Turner’s Hall Farmers, St Thomas school were the second group to participate in Barbados’ Embassy Adoption Programme.
Ambassador of Barbados to the United States of America Selwin Hart led the programme and addressed the students over a live online link up feed in the school’s Information Technology Laboratory.
“The programme has been really great in showing how similar young people around the world are . . . your futures are all the same and will be shaped by climate change, therefore we have been working with this group to tell them about Barbados’ experience with climate change as well as their own experiences,” he said.
Hart then challenged the students to take what they have learned and put it in to practice, “I want you to think about climate change and how you can reduce your carbon footprint, and live a more environmentally sustainable life.”
The presentation started with students of Ketchman singing both verses of the National Anthem of Barbados and delivering a brief report of what they had learned about climate change.
The students of Hillaby’s Tuner’s Hall gave the presentation on what contributes to climate change, its effects, and aspects of Barbados’ response to it. One of the solutions presented by Kyle Griffith to reduce Barbados usage of fossil fuels was that the country finds ways to utilize the Sargassum seaweed to produce energy.
The students then had the opportunity to get to know each other better during the question and answer section where they bonded over their shared love for food and video games.
The principal of the school Angela Edwards told the media that the presentation will be compiled and placed on a wall so that the entire school can benefit from the information.