#2: What my family and teachers think.

I am Interested in global warming. In order to better understand what people think about my topic, I asked my family and one of my teachers how they felt on the subject. One thing that we all agreed on was that global warming is a real threat, and that it will impact Vermont. My teacher, Mrs. Quinn, talked about the ice caps. She pointed out that global warming has a visible effect on the ice caps, and we have clear proof of these effects. She also said that she has lived in Vermont almost all her life, and that over the years, the weather in Vermont has become more more drastic and unpredictable. Both my mother and Mrs. Quinn believe that tourist businesses, like skiing will be effected by climate change. “Vermont is known for its snowy winters, if there is no snow, businesses like skiing will take a big hit.” Another concern from my teacher is what will happen to all the people in places like Florida where it is already hot. On top of that, theirs food. Mrs. Quinn says that pollinators, like bees and butterfly’s, which pollinate flowers, are also taking a hit with the changing weather. Late frosts, like the one we had at the beginning of this year, devastate the pollinators and the trees by killing all of the first flowers. This does not impact just the trees and the bees, but it also might effect our food sources. Both Mrs. Quinn and my mother talked about how our food sources, like apples, or maple syrup, another important thing about Vermont, could be drastically effected by temperature changes. These effects could include the decreased availability of these products, especially if late frosts become more common. It was good to touch basis with what other people think, and its good to know other people are concerned about global warming.

Alex Tolgyesi

3 Responses to “#2: What my family and teachers think.

  • Hi Alex,

    Thanks so much for publishing this thoughtful response. It’s so interesting to read your thinking-journey from climate change and ice caps to bees and pollinators. It certainly underscores how interconnected our world really is and how what happens in one location impacts another. It also raises options for you to consider ‘ways into’ a topic that can be ways forward this year. If you wanted to really think deeply about global climate change this year, that’s infinite life-times worth of work, but if you specifically were drilling down to how climate change is impacting pollinators in our state and consider and advocate for ways of addressing these issues, that might be more manageable, but still a gigantic topic one could devote their entire life toward.

    Here are two resources I’d like to share for you to consider. I’d love to hear how they have informed your thinking on this topic. A number of years ago, I worked with some students interested in investigating the role pollinators play and what is happening to them. They made a film about that exploration, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK6n4XyJCzM

    Also, one of the people interviewed on this documentary is Mike Kiernan who has started a project in Vermont called Bee the Change. You can find out more here: https://www.beethechangehoney.com/ but it is focused on finding ways to help the local pollinators.

    I look forward to reading more from you,
    -Tim

  • Alex,

    I share your concern that climate change is a major threat to the trees and the pollinators. The pollinators are such an important part of food production that they need to be protected. There is a vast range of topics within climate change – I wonder what part of this topic you will decide to impact.

    Vermont would surely be a different place without apples and maple syrup!

    – Sydney

  • Allison Stebe
    4 years ago

    Great insight from Mrs. Quinn. I wonder if you have observed direct influences of climate change in Middlebury or the broader region? I recently heard that farm crops are not as nutritious as they once were-even organic/non-GMO crops. With Vermont being an agricultural state, there are most certainly impacts on the food we grow in our back yard gardens.
    http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/08/02/540650904/carbon-dioxide-may-rob-crops-of-nutrition-leaving-millions-at-risk
    As I am thinking about this topic, there are so many areas of influence and articles/content to access. As you do more research and talk to more people about climate change, what energizes you?

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