As members of the ‘Green Team,’ we have recognized that global warming is a serious issue that affects all of us. Our focus for this assignment is the impact of global warming on our lives and how we as students can take action and combat the effects of global warming. Throughout the term, this Writing for the Media Professional class has introduced us to a new and vital form of communication – blogging. As we each agreed that blogging is a great way to express our ideas and views on a particular issue that concerns all of us, we decided that we will present our group project in the form of a blog. This will allow other bloggers to communicate with us as well as indicate how they feel about global warming and the issues that we raise. By choosing the blog as our form of presentation, we were then able to present our research in different ways.
Whilst we have discovered that there are many student groups at OSU who have joined together to raise awareness of the effects of global warming, there are also a number of students who know very little about how their actions and daily choices are affecting the future of our environment. A particular student group that we have chosen to focus on is the Solar Vehicle Team. This group has designed and created a solar powered vehicle to compete in the 2008 North American Solar Challenge. We interviewed members of the group and they provided us with a number of positive reasons why such a project is just one example of the ways students at OSU can get involved and promote the benefits of a green environment. We decided that our interviews with various members of the SVT would best be represented as a documentary and so Lindsey chose to accelerate her passion for film production and should be credited for her filming and editing skills.
We then decided that it was important to learn about global warming from professors who have a particular interest in this issue. Jake tried to interview Nicholas Drapela, who is known for his outspoken opinions on how and why global warming does not exist, however unfortunately this did not work out. Hannah spoke to Steve Cook, who confirmed that global warming is a problem that we must address. This feedback provided us with an interesting perspective on the issue in its entirety.
Finally, we decided that it was important to collaborate the research that we found individually to create a ‘how to’ guide on conserving the environment and saving energy. We hope you enjoy our presentation and gain as much from the information we have provided you as we have!
Introducing members of the Green Team and how they have contributed to this project:
My name is Lindsey Pierce and I am 21. I transferred from Linfield College to Oregon State University after one year. This is my second year studying New Media Communications at OSU. My focus is on video production. I grew up in Tualatin, Ore. with my parents, older sister, and younger brother.
How I came up with my story:
I was researching on the Oregon State University Web site to find environmental clubs. The most interesting one that I found was the Solar Vehicle Team. The team was a good example of students making positive choices to help the future of the environment, which is the topic of our project. This type of club also seemed to lend itself to a visual medium, so I decided to make a documentary about the club.
My name is Hannah Boekemann and I am a senior in New Media and Communications. I am 21 years old and I am currently studying at OSU on a six-month exchange program. I am from Sydney, Australia and I will be finishing my journalism degree at Charles Sturt University at the end of this year. I have always had an interest in writing and the communications industry and this Writing for the Media Professional class has enabled me to explore my passion even further.
I feel that my strength is in writing and so I have aimed to work on my writing and reporting skills throughout this group project. However, I did enjoy learning about how to use the camera equipment as well as uploading video footage onto the computer. I chose to work with the green team because I know very little about global warming and how it will effect our future. Speaking to students from the solar vehicle team as well as a professor in geosciences has certainly improved my knowledge and understanding of this topic. Whilst we have chosen to speak to a number of different people, I interviewed Steve Cook in order to find out his opinion on global warming as well as to find out some ways that we can begin to combat global warming before it’s too late. I therefore used the information that Cook provided me with to write a mini profile story on him and the truth about the current global climate. I also asked him some tips on how to save energy and conserve the environment. I also did some research on global warming so that I could form a ‘how to’ guide on ways that we can all save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Jake Lowden: My name is Jake Lowden; I am a New Media Communications option. I am finishing my third year at Oregon State University. I am twenty-one years old and I have lived in Oregon City, Oregon my entire life. I am most interested in the video production part of the New Media spectrum. In this project I contributed in the filming of the video documentary about the Solar Car Club.
Coming into this project I was sort of skeptic of Global Warming in regards to whether it is true or not. After listening to many of the members of the Solar Car Club express their opinions, I found that even if Global Warming is only a theory, it can’t hurt to make the necessary positive steps to fight Global Warming and improve the environment.