9.1 Humanities – Sustainable Biomes

Edited by: Josh McKenzie

Last year, 9.1 Humanities were hard at work researching about environmental issues in a range of countries across the globe. This topic was linked closely to food production and food scarcity, within our food banks. They were tasked with a project which encouraged them to write to a government body on the topic of one food production issue, a call for action.  

Featured below are some of these works by different students in 9.1 Humanities (2021) 

Food Insecurity – Vianca Bhagwaite (2021)

Food Security in Congo – Alyssa Hooton (2021)

Water Pollution A Solution – Emerson Daw (2021)

We need a change in our use of water to ensure it is of a useable quality and available into the future. The government needs to spread awareness of this issue and the importance of it.

Firstly, I think we need to appeal to the youth of today as this is their future. We need to tap into people’s sympathy to make a change. This can be done by asking influencers to spread awareness to their fan bases, (this is known as the bandwagon technique). They can advertise to their fans the process of desalination.

Desalination is the process of extracting salts from sea water making it drinkable. Although the concentrated waste is harmful to marine life and its environment. The way this option will be helpful for all is if wildlife and environmental protection is implemented, renewable energy is used, and costs are lowered. The advantages of desalination are that it provides people with potable water (drinking water), provides safe water for agricultural purposes and it preserves current freshwater supplies. The disadvantages are its potential to increase fossil fuel dependence, increase of greenhouse gas emissions and worsen climate change if no renewable energy resources are being used. Desalination also is a threat to aquatic organisms.

More simple ways to help are simply just picking up litter and placing it into the correct bin, cleaning gutters, taking care of our beaches, installing the toilet dual flush system so you aren’t using as much water for something smaller, maintain your car so there are no oil leaks and install rainwater tanks (depending on council permission) to use on gardens. 

As it is clearly shown water pollution is a big issue for our overall health and wellbeing. If all of our water was polluted, we would have no potable water, no water for agriculture otherwise this would contaminate its consumers making them sick. This issue is becoming increasingly more alarming every time another piece of waste is carelessness thrown or poured into our water supplies. To make change it is not just one person’s job.

Together we can make a difference.