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12/8/22 Clark's 8th Climate Change Reflections

by Clark 8th Grade Students


Our Voices - Our Resilient Community
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Monroe Clark
Middle School:
8th Grade '22-'23
Ocean Discovery Institute:
Young Lives Transformed Through Science
To inspire the next generation of science leaders, Ocean Discovery Institute creates learning experiences for young people traditionally excluded from science due to race, income status, and educational opportunity. Our students will join high-paying fields, break generational poverty, and change the future of science.

Our In-School Programs provide early, continued exposure to science for all Kinder through 8th grade City Heights students in the Hoover High Cluster. The program design uses ocean science as a platform to spark interest in science and empower students to make a difference. Students come away with the belief that science is something they can do and that a scientist is someone they can be.
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8th Grade Reflections
This book is meant to capture and amplify the voices of 8th grade students participating in the Ocean Discovery In-School Program.

During their experience, students learn about the causes of climate change and its impacts on both a global and local scale. They learn that their own community of City Heights contributes to climate change and that communities like their own can experience severe impacts.

Students reflect on the idea that while it is important for all people to work together to solve climate change, we can all contribute in our own unique way, and create empathy by sharing their personal perspectives and experiences.

And so the students created the reflections found in this book. They shared thoughts on how climate change is impacting them, their communities, and how we can help reduce climate change.

Through this experience, the students’ voices give them power as they tell their own stories.
Making A Difference At Ocean Discovery Institute
During their day at the Living Lab, students collect data & record temperatures of different substrates to analyze in a map to identify heat islands. To combat that effect, they plant plants to add to their community & create messages to inspire others to do the same. 8th Graders go on to share their story of climate change with teachers, parents, peers, and local stakeholders and policymakers through the creation of an online newspaper.

Students also met a scientist who shared their career pathway, and challenges and obstacles they have faced along the way to becoming a science leader. Collectively, these experiences build students’ belief that they can recognize and do science, science is important and relevant, that a career in science is a possibility for them, and that they can make a difference in the world.
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Students use a thermometer to measure the heat of various surfaces. They analyze this data through a GIS map that creates a better picture of heat island effect in City Heights.
Student Voices
On the following pages are the thoughts of the students at Monroe Clark Middle School, sharing their perspective on climate change.
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Glassy - Period 1
Kimberly - If I was the
voice of City Heights I would plant more trees so we can have healthier and fresher air.
Anonymous - City Heights would say to take care of the earth better to give everyone an equal environment. You should take care of everything around you. Climate change is impacting City Heights because it’s been more tiring going to school and going outside.
Jason B. - Treat others the way you want to be treated. Not all people get the same respect as others.
Ahmad M. - We need more trees because it can save City Heights and Earth!
Lillian S. - If City Heights were able to say anything, we would say, “it doesn't matter who you are or where you have been. If you want to keep breathing, keep seeing, keep watching your kids grow, then go out and change
the world. Change the world by going electric, cleaning the streets, or even just donate money to people who will do those things. Go outside, take a walk,
and see what may be gone in less than a year. Change the world to keep seeing the future.”
Jayden - If I was the voice of City Heights, I would say that we need more plants to slow down climate change.
Mia - Peace and love, add colorful trees, buy electric cars, and stop littering.
Crystal - If I were the voice of City Heights, I would ask everyone to please recycle and learn how to garden so the area can be cool and great for everyone so every new generation will be healthy.
Danna - Climate change, in general, is impacting a lot on City Heights, and we don't pay much attention to it. We
have a bunch of signs everywhere. When summer came along it was way hotter than normal. Pollution that's on the sides of the streets are the cause of it too. When you think about it, it's worrying to know that if it continues like this, the future generation may not experience the things we did.
Alyza S. - In order to create a healthier environment for everyone, people should plant more trees and take care of the plants in their neighborhood.
Caitlyn - Something that should be done is to treat everyone fairly and create more plants/ trees around everyone's environment.
Leonardo Z - Treat others the way you want to be treated