WE CELEBRATE the month of June as Environment Month and we usually hold activities such as tree-planting, coastal cleanups, and forums and symposiums about critical global issues such as climate change.
Aside from that, teachers also integrate environmental education in their lessons. Usually, we leave this task to Earth Science and Biology teachers. But I guess there is a lot of physics involved in many phenomena in the environment.
Last week, I attended a seminar conducted by the University of Asia and the Pacific Center for Research and Communication (UA&P CRC) entitled Expand Your World, Explore Your Universe: Energy, Climate Change, Astrophysics, and Cosmology at the MIC Retreat House in Davao City.
Our facilitator, Theta Ponce, Ph.D. discussed climate change both as anthropogenic or caused by man (i.e. we put the blame on the increase in greenhouse gases due to human activities) and natural result of natural processes in the environment (i.e. volcanic eruptions, decays of matter) and the universe as a whole (i.e. gradual increase in the Sun’s activity and temperature) that affect the temperature and pressure of the Earth’s atmosphere, thus, altering the patterns of weather conditions and climate.
Some of the physics concepts mentioned were already discussed in our college and graduate school classes. I have also read some of them in books and online resources. Because of the seminar, I was able to connect all those concepts in the understanding of the global climate change issue.
Since I started teaching, I have always integrated environmental education in my lessons. This time, I am more confident in discussion environmental issues in the class with the knowledge and insights I have gained from the seminar.