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Jul 09,2021 by Edulab
On the 5th June 2021, World Environment Day, which is organised by the United Nations, aims to drive awareness and action for protecting the planet. This year, the theme was Ecosystem Restoration, and all across the globe, people can take this opportunity to plant new trees, wild their gardens, clean up coastlines and green the cities.
World Environment Day has been and gone this year, but the threat to our climate still exists. With the summer holidays on the horizon, now is the perfect time to get students more involved in looking more closely at the world we live in.
We are currently over a year into the ‘decade of action’ when it comes to climate change. The UN has set Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have a deadline of 2030 and failing to meet this target could result in irreversible damage for our planet. All UN countries have a responsibility to take action against emissions in their own locations, including the United Kingdom. The UK Government have also set their own targets for reducing greenhouse gases, and in 2019 passed legislation to say that the country will have net zero emissions by 2050.
In 2020, greenhouse gas emissions in the UK were 51% less than they were ten years before. This shows that we are halfway to meeting our net-zero target, but the figures need to be taken with a pinch of salt. 2020 saw a record-breaking 11% drop in emissions in the UK, mainly because of the Coronavirus pandemic causing businesses to close and people to stay at home. It is likely that these emissions will increase again this year as the economy begins to recover. This means it is more important than ever to focus on reducing emissions and helping the planet in every way we can. Sir David Attenborough has already told UN leaders this year that it is too late to avoid climate change consequences, but if emissions are reduced quickly enough, we can avoid the tipping point of unstoppable change.
With such a focus on climate change happening in the world at the moment, there is no better time to embrace climate change experiments in school. Our experts have come up with the top 5 experiments to do at home or in class to teach students about emissions and the environment:
Students of all ages will enjoy learning about earth science with this hands-on kit. It includes a selection of materials that help demonstrate the physical features of our planet and assist with teaching the effects of climate change. You can look in-depth at the Water Cycle and the weather and explain to students how climate and weather are so closely related.
Teach your students all about water science with these easy to use pond testing kits. You can learn all about the sources of non-point-specific pollution, acid rain and watersheds. This is the perfect experiment for getting your class out and about, exploring nearby wildlife and pond life, and testing it for alkalinity, pH and nitrates.
Biofuel and renewable energy play such an essential role in climate change and our environment. This kit can explain the entire process of producing biofuel, and students can complete the whole process, from finding resources to converting them to usable energy. Experiments in the kit include biodiesel production, alcohol fermentation, ethanol fuels and more.
No matter the age of your class, you can teach them all about the topic of hydroelectric power with this kit. It covers all the basic characteristics of a hydropower plant and can be used both in school and outdoors. You can teach your students all about how hydroelectric power works and what it is used for.
If you are teaching younger children and want to easily demonstrate to them how solar power works, then the leXsolar Sunstick can help. Perfect for kids over the age of 6, this device allows them to discover solar power for themselves and learn all about this vital technology. This piece of kit combines both creativity and imagination when teaching children about the climate and solar power.
Now more than ever, teachers, parents and students can enlighten themselves about the world of CO2 emissions, climate change and global warming. With experiments and kits from EduLab, it is easier than ever to teach students about the planet in a fun and memorable way. For more information, contact our expert team.