Author: 1st Grade Upper Secondary, SS Vela Luka, HR.
PARTNERS: 1st Grade Lower Secondary, Olympion High School, CY; 3rd Grade Lower Secondary, 1st Grade Upper Secondary,
Volissos High School, GR.
Island as a specific ecosystem (own photo)
A long time ago, our island was not an island. At that time, Europe was ruled by ice, and the level of the Adriatic Sea was about 100 meters lower. But about 11,700 years ago, the atmosphere began to warm up, causing sea levels to rise. Then the part of the mainland where we live became an island, an ecosystem isolated by the sea. Climate change has caused a great change in flora and fauna. And man experienced his changes through those periods. He gradually ceased to be a hunter and fruit gatherer because he learned how to raise animals and cultivate the land. Then man became a factor that changed the environment. The island is a specific ecosystem because it is relatively small and isolated. Therefore, the influence of a dominant species may come to a special expression. How has man affected other living things (flora and fauna) with which he shares this piece of land? Our research will guide us from the historical periods of the island to the present. By studying online sources we will be able to discover whether and to what extent the environment in which we live today is the result of human influence. We will also confront our way of life today and critically analyze it in the context of the impact on other living beings and ourselves. We will highlight biodiversity as a very importnant for quality of life. All our research and conclusions will put us in a position where we will be able to think about the future: What do we want for ourselves and our descendants? Is this future independent of our environment or is it essentially connected to it? When we answer these important questions we can redirect our way of life. I believe that in a quality debate debate we will come up with wise answers together.