Farmer Sandy is interviewed by reporter Bill about Solar Power.
Bill: Why did you choose renewable energy?
Sandy: It saves money and you are helping the environment all the time.
Bill: Why did you choose solar power instead of other renewable energy sources?
Sandy: Solar panels are much more space-efficient and unlike wind turbines blend in and they aren't noisy.
Bill: Are there any accessories for solar panels and if so how much space do they take up?
Sandy: Well, you do have to get a battery, battery room, a generator, an emergency stop lever and a panel that tells you how much power you have.
Bill: Can you put renewable energy sources anywhere?
Sandy: Not all renewable energy sources can go everywhere but some can. For an example, solar power and rainwater tanks can go most places.
Climate change is an issue that concerns many people. Australia is the hottest and driest continent and our farmers supply 93% of the food and resources in this country.
We were asked the question "What is Climate Change?" Here are some of our responses.
We also watched these videos about Climate Change and Earth Hour.
Traditions of Wool Production in Jugiong
Jugiong is a village community on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. It was first settled in the 1820's by sheep grazier, Henry O'Brien.
Jugiong has a rich tradition of sheep/wool production with 10 of our families (8 students, 1 Principal and 1 teacher) who produce wool from Merinos and crossbreeds. We even have a Merino ram on our school emblem.
How Climate Change is impacting on the Wool Industry in Jugiong
The wool industry comprises of 7-10% of the gross value of agricultural production in Australia, earning between three and four billion export dollars per annum.
At the moment, Jugiong is being pelted with rain and our dams and creeks are running and overflowing.
This September has been very wet in our area. We have had a number of wet days with higher rainfalls compared with up to 7 years ago. As you can see from this table, the differences between this month and years ago.
This shows that in 9 days we had 91.2mm of rain. It also shows a change in temperatures. From this table, we can see that there has been some sort of climate change.
From this rain, we have also had some minor flooding. This is due to the rain filling the closest dam, Burrinjuck, almost to full capacity. They have had to release water into the Murrumbidgee River, causing higher river levels, flooding and closing of roads.
The CSIRO has produced a paper focusing on the impacts of Climate Change by 2029 in the Wool Industry. They have predicted that Climate Change is likely to affect a range of variables associated with wool production. These variables are:
If you would like to read more about the CSIRO's paper, please download the file below.
What is Renewable Energy? Renewable energy is a way of producing energy for our population that does not use fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are a natural resource that comes from our earth. We are running low on these and burning coal is affecting our atmosphere and environments. This is a main cause of global warming.
The Web of Life
The purpose of a bee is to pollinate a flower.
The purpose of a flower is to feed a bee.
Together they both live in har-mo-ny
In the web of life (LIFE!), life, (LIFE!) la, la, la, la, la, LIFE!
Mountain Lion is a car-i-vore.
Eats the deer and that's a herb-i-vore.
They eat plants and I can tell you more
About the Web of Life! (HUOGH!)
The purpose of a worm is to plough the soil.
The purpose of the soil is to grow a tree.
Together they make oxygen for you and me.
Web of Life Song taken from Web of Life Field School
The Carbon Cycle
Sheep are part of the natural carbon cycle and this cycle helps to explain how the greenhouse gas emitted from sheep fit within the natural ecosystem.