Alexandrea De La Paz (Grade 5) and Nathan Raenn Hombre (Grade 6) participated in the recently-concluded Trust for Sustainable Living International Debates, where they worked virtually in groups of students representing different countries. Each group was assigned a system of inequality. They made a presentation explaining to judges how climate change is connected to their systems of inequality. Their presentations also included solutions that solve both climate change and their assigned system of inequality.
Following the presentations, there were rebuttals and collaborative discussions about which solutions can address the problems of all the groups in the debate: Generational Inequality, Gender Inequality, Racial Inequality and Economic Inequality.
The debates were held on July 11, 2022. Recordings will be posted on the TSL Facebook page and Youtube channel.
Students representing Multiple Intelligence International School and the Philippines are:
- Alexandrea De La Paz (Grade 5): Alexandrea is part of the Generational Inequality Group. She talked about the effects of climate change on the younger generation’s health and food supply. To solve climate change and bridge the generational gap, she proposed that the older generation and younger generation collaborate to create more effective farming and tree planting systems. She also proposed different generations making awareness campaigns and how older people will be more motivated to do sustainable practices when they hear the stories of younger people.
- Nathan Raenn Hombre (Grade 6): Nathan is part of the Economic Inequality. He talked about how climate change makes people in lower classes vulnerable and how important it is to have the government and businesses make green jobs. He explained how green jobs can reduce the use of fossil fuels and give unemployed people better opportunities. In addition, Nathan proposed that richer countries give financial aid to developing countries, particularly for government-funded sustainability projects that may not have big budgets.
Students can only participate in the TSL Primary Debates by special invitation. They are chosen due to their excellent essays in the TSL Primary International Essay Competition. Alexandrea and Nathan were selected from the 1122 students representing 59 countries and 243 schools.
What were the results of the TSL Kids Virtual Climate Conference of Parties (COP) 2021?
- Alexandrea and Nathan both received honorable mentions for their essays in the previous TSL Primary Intenational Essay competitions. They were part of the 6 students in the Lower Middle School who won awards for their essays.
- Nathan’s Group (Economic Inequality) won the Best Group Award. Judges noted that they had many great solutions, clear alignment wih their problems and strong collaboration.
- Alexandrea’s Group (Generational Inequality) received the Judges’ Commendation for the coherence and complexity of their presentation. They were admired for their explanation of how climate change and generational inequality interacted in multiple ways.
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