An Environmental Crisis Discussion at UVic!

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 - By: Areeb S, Rogers ‘20

The sciences at Brentwood bring together students from all across the world interested in the various phenomena that science manifests. At Brentwood, the science department has made various initiatives that allow  keen students to explore beyond the curriculum in their classes.

One recent event that took place was a riveting Climate Change symposium that took place in UVIC. This was hosted by Let’s Talk Science and encouraged students interested in the heated topic of Climate Change to investigate the crisis scientifically and look at the different perspectives of researchers and students. The day began with a lecture on the devastating effects of our negative imprint on the oceans and how it impacts biodiversity. Book P, Privett ‘20 claimed that he was “surprised” by the drastic increase in total carbon emissions this year.

After the interesting lecture, we were able to perform laboratory work to complete further investigation. In the lab we were able to determine the level of microplastics on various beaches around British Columbia and the impact it has on us and the environment. The day concluded with conversations on solutions to the crisis including carbon capture technology.

The last station included the symposium, which had members from Divest UVic and graduate students who talked about their opinions on the crisis and provided solutions encouraging us to take action and move forward scientifically looking at the imperfections in the world and using our knowledge to fix them. This event could not have taken place without the guidance of Mr McCarthy and Mr Skardal.

Areeb S, Rogers ‘20

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