Individuals & Societies: Participatory Action Research
As is the tradition each Spring, Whitby’s 6th graders have been studying environmental justice in their Individuals and Societies classes. For their assessment in this unit, students engage in Participatory Action Research. This involves doing a deep dive into an environmental issue of their choosing, consulting experts in the field to supplement their research, and then taking an action to try to effect some kind of change relating to their issue.
For many students, the action they selected was to raise awareness about their issue in the Whitby community. At best, one of the community’s many changemakers might take an interest in one of these issues and help promote meaningful change. At the very least, they hope that each member of the community will make small changes that will collectively help improve these serious issues, which are as follows. Check them out!
|Factory Farming and Meat Pollution
|The Water Crisis
Below is a glimpse of Participatory Actions from previous years.
E-Waste by Anya Nadel
Deforestation by Ying Yin Chen
Environmental Impact of Food Waste by Nikki Samios
Ocean Waste by Lainie Geyer
Car Pollution by Hailey Holovach
Pollution from Trucks and Buses by Esteban Orozco
Pollution from Fertilizer by Emi Gil Zalis
Ocean Acidification by Sami Netter
Deforestation by Nicholas Shklovsky
Fracking by Ayana Banerjee
Invasive Species by Maya Narendula
Pollution from Planes and Ships by Cody Cezzar
Desertification by Yasmeen Hokail