Leonardo DiCaprio Addresses UN Climate Summit: ‘You Can Make History… Or Be Vilified By It’

This video is the one that I talked about in class. Please view.

The Huffington Post introduced the video like this:

Leonardo DiCaprio addressed world leaders assembled for the United Nations Climate Summit early Tuesday morning, urging them to take action to address “the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet.”

“As an actor, I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way,” he said at the summit. “My friends, this body — perhaps more than any other gathering in human history — now faces that difficult task. You can make history… or be vilified by it.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently appointed DiCaprio to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, calling the actor a “new voice for climate advocacy.” Both Ban and DiCaprio participated in Sunday’s 400,000-strong People’s Climate March in New York City.

Read more here.

Impromptu Debates – Round One

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This week we hosted the first round of the Central Otago impromptu debates. We entered several teams, including our brand new Year 8 team. The Year 8 team went against a Year 9 team – and won!

It was a really successful night with teams from all over Central Otago attending the competition. Apparently we had the most entries ever.

It was fantastic to see the energy and real thinking from all of the students. It was a cold night but the place was buzzing and heated up by student brain power. Some rooms were like saunas after the debates!

Our Year 8 team was really impressive and debating is such a great way to develop critical thinking skills. Here’s a few shots of them in action.

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Debating Dunstan

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This week our senior team had a debate against the senior Dunstan High School team. The debate was an evening one and it was held at the Centennial Court in Alexandra. The Rotary Club provided a lovely meal and a great audience.

Our senior team was depleted because of the Waimate Exchange. We had one senior debater and two Year 10 speakers. It was a fabulous and hard fought debate and we were pleased to come out as the winners. Well done boys!

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