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Sierra View Elementary students make climate change video

"Old Chico Road" is a song performed by Chico 4th graders trying to help people understand what they can do to combat climate change locally.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 4:09 PM
Updated: Feb 18, 2020 5:15 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A class of fourth-graders from Sierra View Elementary School in Chico worked on a project to study how climate change could impact Butte County's water supply and to see what kinds of little things people can do to stop global warming.

They students posted a video on YouTube that you can watch here. It features a parody of the song “Old Town Road” which is called “Old Chico Road.”

Teacher Emily Akimoto helped the students with the video as part of their Cal Water H2O Challenge.

Akimoto said the students came up with an idea to investigate how climate change would impact Butte County’s watersheds.

She said one of her students actually learned about climate change by his mom explaining it by using the song, "Old Town Road" as an example. The mother explained that if we did not do anything, then visited Chico in the future, it would be hot, and there would not be nearly as much water. This is where the idea of the music video came from, explained Akimoto.

The 4th graders learned about climate change and what causes it and it can be mitigated.  Then they broke into action groups and took on different actions that they thought would reduce our carbon footprint, like passing out Chico Bags, getting their kindergarten class to use reusable lunch tins, starting a recycling program at lunchtime, getting teachers to turn off lights when they leave their classrooms, and checking for leaky faucets at school.

The students wrote the parody, came up with and storyboarded the music video, and edited the video themselves.

The classroom challenge is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms, grades 4-6. It is designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and complementary to the Next Generation Science Standards.

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