Week of January 18th

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214 News: By Liz, Catherine, Selena, and Katrina

Last Thursday, all the sixth graders watched a documentary called Racing Extinction about human's impact on endangered species. It talked about illegal animal trade, increase in greenhouse gases and how it affected the animals, finally how we can save this or prevent this from happening.

Illegal food trade has been happening for many years all around the world. For example, a seafood restaurant called Hump killed a whale for its meat. There are very few whales left on Earth, so it is forbidden to eat, sell or trade endangered animals.

Many places in China kill a variety of endangered species. One animal is sharks. A shark is a pretty large animal, and people kill them just for their fins. After cutting off their fins, they put the live shark back into the water. One clip showed the roof of a warehouse in Hong Kong, and it was covered in shark fins. They were soon to be put in a famous dish in China, Shark Fin Soup. We personally would never drink it.

A country called Indonesia kills the most manta rays in the world. In the documentary, it shows a bunch of dead manta rays, all lined up against a wall. Then, the people filming got on a fishing boat and headed out with the fisherman. After they found a manta ray, they stabbed it and trapped it with a hook.

Pollution and climate change is a big factor in the extinction of animals. Climate change can affect the delicate balance in the ocean, known as homeostasis, and many creatures can die if the temperature or acidity of the ocean increases by a small percent.

CO2 is a big thing that's causing global warming. Everything contains and releases CO2, aka Carbon Dioxide. We even breathe it out! Trucks, trains, jets, planes, they all do. Cows have a massive amount of methane, which also doesn't have a positive effect the on our planet. The video showed bags attached to cows, and they filled up quickly. Methane is also know As cow fart. We know, disgusting.

Some solutions to stop animal extinction are: The first one is simple. Eat less seafood, especially endangered ones, and more plants instead. If everyone becomes vegetarian once a week, that would make a massive change. The next solution is to save energy. If we don't use so much energy, the Earth would be a better place for everyone and everything. The last solution is to simply not threaten, harm, or kill any animals if you see them.



Mon. Jan 18: No school MLK Day

Wed. Jan 20: Language Arts MAPS testing

Fri. Jan 22: BINGO! Night 5pm

Jan 25-29th: Great Kindness Week Challenge

Wed. Jan 27: Math MAPS testing

Fri. March 11th: Ranch on the Run