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  • Atmospheric Investigative Research is a UWI based initiative stemming from the Chemical & Process Department. It seeks to obtain air pollution data across Trinidad & Tobago.Phase 1 of the project involves 36 Secondary Schools in the determination of the level of Ozone and Black Carbon pollution.Phase 2 of the project involves 6 UWI students in the determination of the level of Sulphur Dioxide and Ammonia pollution."
  • iEARN Presentation 2011

    1. 1. N<br />Trinidad & Tobago<br />D<br />Y<br />Presenters : Abraham Fergusson<br /> and<br /> Rondelle Keller <br />S<br />
    2. 2. About Trinidad and Tobago<br />
    3. 3. Natural Disasters That Affect Trinidad and Tobago<br />We must get involved to protect our world and be prepared for disasters!<br />
    4. 4. How we got involved!<br />Sandwatch Project<br />Water Testing<br />Air Quality Testing<br />Tree planting and Beautification Project<br />Hikes (educational field trips)<br />Influencing Policy Making<br />
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    6. 6. SandwatchHistory<br />The Sandwatch Project was introduced to Trinidad and Tobago by the teacher, Mr Andy Paul<br />It was formed in collaboration with UNDP<br />Ultimately the project was formed because of the information that was learnt about climate change and its effects on our costal areas.<br />
    7. 7. SandwatchObjectives<br />To reduce the level of pollution in the Caribbean Sea<br />To train school children in the scientific observation of beaches through field measurements and data analysis<br />To assist school children, with the help of their local communities, to use the information collected to better manage the region’s beaches<br />
    8. 8. SandwatchField Activities<br />Select a beach for observation<br /> Describe the beach<br /> Measure the beach debris<br /> Measure the water quality<br />
    9. 9. Record the human activities on the beach<br /> Measure and record physical changes in the beach<br /> Collect sand samples and record characteristics<br />
    10. 10. Measure and record wave characteristics<br /> Measure long shore currents<br /> Record the animals and plants<br />
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    20. 20. SandwatchWorld Environment Day<br />On June 5th students from different schools across Trinidad and Tobago came together at Mayaro beach for the observation of World Environment Day. <br />Activities included: beach clean up, environmental march and sand sculpting competition.<br />
    21. 21. Beach clean up……..<br />22 Schools and 4 CBOs participated<br />Several pounds of various types of debris was found.<br />
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    25. 25. Environmental March……..<br />After the beach clean up we took to the streets, marching for the environmental cause and handing out educational material about the environment to residents of Mayaro.<br />
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    28. 28. Sand Sculpting Competition…….<br />Students formed teams to participate in the sand sculpting competition<br />They had 15 minutes to sculpt using 2011 World Environmental Day theme “Forest: Nature at your service”<br />
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    31. 31. Environmentally inspired art……….<br />
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    33. 33. Water Quality Testing<br />On World Water Day (March 22nd) students were engaged in the field operation of testing the water quality of the Lopinot River in Trinidad.<br />
    34. 34. Water Quality TestingObjectives<br />To educate students about water quality<br />To train students in the field about determining the pH, turbidity, oxygen levels to deem water safe or unsafe.<br />To check quality of our nation rivers<br />
    35. 35. Water Quality Testing Field Activities<br />Select a river site for research<br />Determine the width and depth of the river<br />Determine the velocity of the river<br />Determine the pH, turbidity and oxygen level of the water<br />Describe the river surroundings and rocks, looking particularly at any visible human activity and source of pollution<br />
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    39. 39. Water Quality TestingResults<br />
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    41. 41. Air Quality Testing<br />It is a brand new project.<br />The project is being done in collaboration with the University of the West Indies – Atmospheric Investigative Research.<br />It is a two phase project.<br />
    42. 42. Phase one of the project involves 36 different secondary schools. <br />Objectives are to measure and record the levels of Ozone and Black Carbon pollution in and around the school area.<br />
    43. 43. Phase two involves 6 students from the University.<br />Objectives are to measure and record the levels of Sulphur Dioxide and Ammonia pollution.<br />
    44. 44. Already high levels of black carbon pollution was detected around a school located in South Trinidad (an industrialised area).<br />The ultimate objective is to produce data that can be presented to government officials so that laws and governmental action can prevent damage to the environment and students’ health.<br />
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    47. 47. Tree Planting and Beautification<br />In late 2010 the Chemistry Students of El Dorado East formed an environmental club “Eldo Blue Gone Green”<br />Objectives were to educate, plant trees, take hikes to ultimately stimulate the 1500 student population to action.<br />
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    50. 50. In December 2010, we created a green area with benches and plants around a big tree on the school compound called “The Peace Park”.<br />The Peace Park was created entirely on the money raised by the club members.<br />It helped to provide relaxation, a place to study and where students loved to take photos.<br />
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    53. 53. During the school week we took turns in managing the Peace Park and the other trees we planted around the compound<br />We ensured….the park was clean and the plants were healthy and watered.<br />
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    56. 56. Hikes<br />The students of the Environmental Club went on field trips to have a one on one experience with the environment.<br />We were able to spot monkeys and learn about the different species of plants in the areas we toured.<br />We also learnt our history.<br />
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    61. 61. Involvement in Policy Making<br />This year we took an active role in policy making.<br />We attended the EMA Green Business Forum and the RBC Water Business Forum. <br />At these meetings we were able to contribute and speak to those people that are in office to make the changes we need.<br />
    62. 62. Thank You For Your Attention<br />