Hun Students Participate in Conference for Climate Change
On November 30th, students in Ms. McKean’s Global Issues class participated in a Climate Change Conference with students from six other countries – Canada, Ghana, India, Sweden, Singapore, and Taiwan. Using conferencing technology in the Wilf Family Global Commons, the students had an open dialogue about the roles and responsibilities of their generation. The event was organized by The Center for Global Education and took place while world leaders convened at COP21 in Paris, France.
To prepare for the teleconference, Olivia Marker Pittock ’17 and her classmates spent several weeks discussing climate change, alternative energies, government policies, and regulatory initiatives. Students watched videos outlining the causes and effects of climate change, researched historic civilizations that struggled with resource allocations, and wrote blog entries about their findings.
“[As a class] we are looking at sustainability and how we use our own resources – and how if we use too many of them, without replenishing them. We are leaving land barren and it is not survivable,” said Olivia.
During the teleconference Hun School students advocated for increased infrastructures in green energy, particularly in developing countries. Olivia said, “It is important for developing nations to begin with clean energy, so that they don’t have to rely on fossil fuels.”
While speaking with a student in India, Olivia asked, “Since you are a developing nation, do you believe that your country is working toward using clean energy or are they leaning more towards the use of fossil fuels?”
During COP21, on Wednesday, December 2nd, the BBC reported that senior Indian negotiator Dr. Ajay Mathur said that India would restrict coal use, if there was help from the world community to pay for green energy alternatives. At present, solar energy is twice the cost of energy from coal, making the use of the technology prohibitive.
Olivia said, “Because this is global issue it is the responsibility of both developing nations and developed nations to aid in this cause. Now that we understand the impact of fossil fuels, it is our responsibility to help developing nations with access to clean energy and it is our responsibility to transition to it, ourselves.”
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.