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Y7 Grand Designs

After last weeks lessons looking at how Dubai is changing I thought we might have a go at building our own sustainable city.  After we have designed them we will use a programme called sketch up to make the buildings and put them into google earth.  So I have got Kevin scouting around for a suitable location while you wait until next weeks geography lesson here are some ideas about building sustainably to get you started.

My Sustainable House – this is an interactive web site to get you started with the ideas about building sustainably

BBC ArticleGovernment unveils plans for new ecotowns

Just to get you thinking on a grander scale here is a video of a design for a rotating tower block click on the links for more information about how the tower generates its own electricity.

More information about how this design works   I wonder how the people who live in these pods will feel about being spun round all day?

Also this is for my form who wanted to know more about the Burj, the tallest building in Dubai.  This is what it will look like when it is finished.  Below is the link to the web site we looked at in class

Burj official web site

Y9 Blood Sweat and T-Shirts

On BBC3 at the moment on a Tuesday evening there has been a documentary highlighting the issues of working in sweat shops. Six young people have been sent from the UK to Delhi in India to work in the textile industry.  The first programme followed the six as they trained as sewing machine operators in one of the best factories in Delhi however some of them were not up to scratch and soon were taken off sewing to ironing and some of them even failed in this task and were put onto button fastening duty.  At the end of the day they were paid.  Watch the video below to see what they could buy with a days pay.

The second programme followed the six to a factory that was of a different calibre.  This was an actual sweat shop where people worked for up to 15 hours a day and slept under their machines in order to get the work done.  This clip shows what the working conditions are like.

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The UK workers have to make six garments each over two days, the real factory workers have to make around 20 each per day.  The Brits soon get down to work but are starting to question what it is like for the people who have to do this for real. Below is an interview with one Georgina one of the UK workers questions the factory owner about his factory.

One of the UK workers just couldn’t get it into his head that some people couldn’t get out of the cycle of poverty they were in.  His opinion is that if any one works hard they can get out of the situation they are in and better themselves.  He is now slowly beginning to realise that this might not be the case when he questions one of the machinists.

To find out more about this documentary visit BBC3s web site here this has some good advice about where to buy ethical clothing from and other facts to help you with your sweat shop task.

Y7 World Without Humans

A philosophical start to this section of the Geography Course.  What would a world without humans look like?.  Watch this and find out more by reading the Scientific America article

HOMEWORK THIS WEEK is to think about where you live and what would happen to it in a month, a year, 10 years, 100 years and 1000 years time. Write your answers into your exercise book.  You can include photos of your area and annotate to show what may change. (if you have photoshop or any other photo editing software you may want to show the effects of these changes – don’t worry if you can’t do this)

Scientific American Article can be viewed here

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Y11 Wilkins Ice Sheet Collapse in Antarctica

This week scientists reported on the collapse of part of the Wilkins Ice sheet in the Antarctic.  The people at Ogle Earth have come up with some overlays that can be opened in Google earth showing the disintegration.  Click on the icon below to open up the overlays.

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This is a news cast on the event and the implications

A guardian article here with a good video

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/mar/26/poles.antarctica

Y11 Global Warming Revison

Here is a little taster from todays revision

Y11 GCSE Revision Urbanisation in LEDCs

Here is another examination question analysis for you to go through.  I know this is what we did for revision this evening but I have added a few extra slides.  We will look at MEDC’s Next lesson for revision.

Here are some sites that may help you further

This is a flash animation to show how a shanty town can be improved (Rehabilitation)

Geography in the News Article – Looking at the process of urbanisation

Geography in the News Article – Looking at Rochina in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro


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