EDISON—Vladimir Reyes of Sayreville, an information technology director for the United Nations and the father of Wardlaw-Hartridge School fourth grader Mia Reyes, visited both of the Edison school’s fourth grade classes on Dec. 14 to discuss the Global Warming Summit in Copenhagen.
Reyes explained to the students that the Global Warming Summit should help in the formation of a solution to global warming. He advised the students to stop using Styrofoam products and plastic because they do not decay and they harm the environment.
The students chimed in with their own solutions to fight global warming and to promote conservation: “turn off the lights when you don’t need to use them” – “don’t run the water while you are brushing your teeth until you need it” – “take shorter showers” – “ride a bus instead of using a car to cut down on pollution.”
Reyes was impressed to see that the students knew about some of the animals that are impacted the most by global warming, such as penguins and polar bears. The students were also aware of how the melting of polar icecaps can lead to flooding and oceans rising, as well as how a fresh supply of oxygen is reduced when trees are cut down unnecessarily.
Before Reyes left, he engaged the students in a “Water Quiz” from the United Nations’ Cyber School Bus website. The quiz challenged the students with questions like: “How much of the world’s water is suitable for human use?” The answer was 0.25%! Another question: “What is the estimated amount of people globally without access to a safe water supply?” The answer was one billion.
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