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Global Warming from a Global Perspective

30 April 2015

“The story of humankind and our relationship to the earth may be seen as a continuous adventure or a tragedy shrouded in mystery. The choice is ours.” Al Gore.

HHHS Grade 9 students, English and French sections, have tried to unravel part of the earth’s mystery by delving deeply into one of the most controversial global problems of our time-Global Warming. This environmental dilemma is one of the problems that humanity encountered at different stages of the Earth’s life. Every time it happens, the earth is recorded to have shown an ability to cope with this hazard; however, our current age, 21st century, has proved to be the most aggressive age when it comes to outstripping our planet of many of its natural resources. Therefore, it is our job as inhabitants of this planet to share responsibility and to collaborate on many levels in order to ensure our ultimate survival.

In collaboration with Missouri Military Academy, our Grade 9 students studied this hazard thoroughly. This global interaction proved once again that it can be achieved with the most delicate of classes. Proud to say that this was accomplished within a very a limited time and a curriculum that falls under the restrictions of the Lebanese educational system. In the English Language class, global warming is one of the most challenging thematic topics which the 9th graders managed to tackle across many disciplines. The result came out astounding as our students have shown a very high sense of commitment towards the problem, adopting a local environmental issue in the community of Saida in order to share it with their counterparts in Missouri. This was recognized by our international partners mainly by Michael Pemberton, the Biology and Environment Instructor in MMA, who commented in one of his emails that he had been working on such projects for many years and by far we HHHS had proved to be the best whom they had the chance to work with.

The whole experience is definitely a quintessential example of how collaboration can be achieved. Probably to some students, global warming is a mystery still; however, some came out with the notion that such learning experiences enhance the understanding of cultural diversity and the uniqueness of such a global problem when it is tackled on a local , national, and global level. “This type of collaboration assured ninth graders of the uniqueness of Lebanon's issue amongst the world; After all, Lebanon is seen as the one of those rare countries that use generators as a source of electricity,” said one student. Another highlighted how her communication skills were enhanced simply by communicating with people who are far from judging her personality, but rather her thoughts and suggestions. “The discussions on easyclass (www.easyclass.com) might not have been like the real live ones we have in class. The students of MMA might have not been sitting in the seat next to me, but it was an overall pleasurable activity I would love to stay a part of,” she continues.
 

Hiba Chamandi – Zeina Dbouk
English Language Teachers
Grade 9