For this project, we were given the task to create a PSA on a topic that we were given. My group did water pollution since it has become a big issue today that is talked about alot. We see it everywhere but many don’t do much about it, this is something that affects all of us. The water we drink can come from a place that is polluted and not taken care of which is very dangerous, so we decided to make a video about it. I helped research about water pollution in Philadelphia that can be put into our video. Something I would have done differently is to put some more information about how it affects us politically. I guess the meaningful part is to be able to make a video about our city’s water pollution because I don’t think many know what had happened when our water was unfiltered.
Our group read about a school called Watson Comly that is located in Northeast Philadelphia. This school has had at least 38 reports about the high levels of lead in the school which is a big problem. Lead poisoning can affect anyone but it mostly affects children, it can slow down their learning skills. A kid named Dean Pagan that went to Watson was found with high blood-lead levels which caused permanent brain damage. To think that this is happening alot in Philadelphia is scary because we could be affected too. I live in Germantown and there are so many lead reports here because of how old the houses are. This is something that needs to be addressed more so the problem could be fixed. Why is this not something we address more and fixed?
In this quarter we learned about what we do to affect the earth and explored ways we could help. Our benchmark was to pick an industry and make a sustainable business that could be eco-friendly. My group chose the food industry since it had a huge impact on the earth, however, we had to focus on a specific part of the food industry since it was such a broad topic. We created a bakery that would focus on using its own materials that would be friendly to the environment instead of harming it. The food industry impacts all of the earth’s spheres, for example, the production of food releases harmful chemicals and CO2 into the atmosphere which is a factor of climate change. Each sphere affects one another since they are all connected, if the atmosphere is harmed then it could also harm the biosphere or any other. We need to make more sustainable choices and it can be the smallest thing to help the environment like supporting organizations that are creating more sustainable options for people to choose from. Here is a picture of the bakery we created.