Robert Clarke is a teacher at Confey College, Leixlip
Robert’s project outlines the organisation of a collection of student inquiry-based research projects that are designed to question ethical and sustainability issues surrounding global food production, and consumption, and the possible resulting impacts on climate change and biodiversity. It challenges students’ assumptions that the all-year-round availability of non-seasonal fruits and vegetables is necessary, or moral, through the critical analysis of data and personal case studies. It encourages students to appreciate the role of science in society on a global and personal scale and to evaluate commercial and media-based arguments in terms of global sustainability. Student interest in science, and its everyday applications, are also promoted by them growing and then eating, or selling their own crops.
See Robert’s project at the Science on Stage workshop at the ISTA conference in Maynooth on the 8th April.