The hills are alive with the sound of science

2016-09-20 06:00
 Photo: supplied At uKhahlamba-Drakensberg. (from left) Mrs D. Kroone, Mrs S. Salomon and Gary Farr.

Photo: supplied At uKhahlamba-Drakensberg. (from left) Mrs D. Kroone, Mrs S. Salomon and Gary Farr.

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HILLCREST High Life Science pupils enjoyed a weekend in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg area recently. The weather may have been chilly, but the warmth of friendship more than made up for it.

Along with fun, friendship and learning about the local flora and fauna, the pupils were treated to an inspiring presentation by Gary Farr, who has been involved in biological farming for 25 years and in holistic management for five years.

Farr was inspired by Allan Savory's Ted Talk in 2013 on how to fight desertification, and took the pupils through a journey of climate change, the interesting theory of tackling climate change through livestock and concentrated grazing, and challenged the students to do their own research, to develop their own informed view.

Pupils were also reminded to consider their individual green footprint, something each one of us is responsible for, and should take the time to learn more about. Back outdoors, pupils also looked at the different abiotic factors (edaphic, physiographic and climatic), evidence of the different symbiotic relationships, erosion (water and wind) and adaptations of plants and animals.

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