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FSI Expedition: "It's the End of the World As We Know It": Local Responses to Global Climate Change

FSI Expedition: "It's the End of the World As We Know It": Local Responses to Global Climate Change

By Mr. Lubos
At the Franklin School of Innovation, an EL charter school in Asheville, North Carolina, 9th grade students embarked on a learning expedition that had them learning about the causes and impacts of climate change, going out in the field to interview local professionals and experts from local businesses and organizations, and then creating podcasts to address the industries that affect and are affected by climate change. In this year's series of podcasts students also included a call-to-action component where their words will lead to real action steps in our communities.
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Lucastora Podcast
By Jora T., Lucas R., and Cyprus W.
June 03, 2022
Podcast For Expedition
By Ryder W., Madison W., and Christian C.
June 03, 2022
Official TBD Expedition Podcast
While interviewing Asher Wright, the Overseer and Managing Operator of Hickory Nut Gap Farm, FSI students Sierra D., Emily C., Larkin M., Jacie D., and Kai J. inform the audience on the severity of climate change and how transitioning into regenerative agriculture is the way to go to achieve a sustainable ecosystem and environment! Audio Technician: Jacie D. Editor: Larkin M. Interviewers & Facilitators & Scribes: Sierra D., Emily C.
June 03, 2022
Expedition Project
By Clennan Q., Ian R., and Leo B.
June 03, 2022
Expedition Podcast
Being Local to WNC (Western North Carolina) we care deeply about our community and environment. Climate change is a large social issue, so we decided to research the topic of sustainable agriculture. Amy Boyd and Josua Arnold are professors at Warren Wilson College, they provided us with information and insight on this topic. In our podcast, we discuss farming, sustainable systems, livestock, and local vegetation; all of these things have been and will continue to be affected by climate change.
June 03, 2022
Sustainable Living
By Carter R., Hauk S., and Liam T.
June 03, 2022
Climate Change And Coral Reefs
by Thomas A., Charity B., Cloud C., Gavin S.
June 03, 2022
F4TH3R Podcast
By Spencer D., Desmond O., Hayden H., Zane D.
June 03, 2022
You may not always see it on the news, but between 200-2000 animals go extinct every year. It’s a prevailing problem; one not with a simple solution. In other words, it goes beyond just switching to solar panels. Our society relies on the environment, but also damages it through infrastructure, plastic pollution, etc. We have told some of our own personal stories with the loss of biodiversity and talked to a professional on the subject, Caitlin Worth. With Ms. Worth we discussed geography's effect and influence toward biodiversity, symbiotic relationships, and invasive species so that we may raise awareness towards the importance of protecting our natural habitat and all the species that live in it.
June 03, 2022
Water You Thinking?
Brought to you by the Franklin School of Innovation students Amelia K., Bats A., Gideon F., Gwynneth C., and Ayden L., this podcast is all about flooding. We interviewed the education and outreach manager of RiverLink, Justin Young. We are discussing the flood of 1916, the benefits of flooding, and on the flip side, the damages flooding causes. Through a number of questions, learn with us about how flooding affects the environment and the people living in it!
June 03, 2022
Go Local; Save The World
While interviewing Ben Mackie, the garden manager of Warren Wilson College, FSI students Felix R-W. and Graham B. inform the audience on the dangers of climate change and how buying local food can help! Audio Technician: Charlie M. Scribes: Rin A. and Moth T.
April 24, 2019
This podcast is about recycling and how it can save future generations of the human race from drastic climate change.
April 24, 2019
Climate Change Vs. Diet Change
"Ground and soil, cosmos and creation. Big Blue Marble". "Climate change is palpable, physical, it's real." Through this podcast we hope to being the attention of our listeners to not only the thought that the world is warming, but the fact that what you eat is closely related to home. By FSI students Julianne L., Molly J., Emma M-P., Remi B-K. (in the tune of the Scooby Doo theme song) "Climate advocates where are you? We've got some work to do now! People of our earth, we need you. Were ready and were willing! If we can count on you, climate babes, I know we'll save the earth!"
April 24, 2019
The Future of Salamander Ecosystems in WNC
Brought to you by FSI students Hailey C., Gus A., Elliot N., Luke S., and Grant L. ., this podcast is about the rivers and ephemeral ponds of our community in WNC. We interviewed Caroline Kennedy, a specialist in salamanders and biologist, who took us out into the environment and talked to us all about salamanders and the effects climate change has on them and the world. In this podcast we talk about the infamous and deadly cycle of not considering the environment and its effects.
April 24, 2019
Construction and Climate Change: Are They a Tie?
Before we started making this podcast, we worked with Energy Savers Network to weatherize a home. After working with ESN, we then interviewed one of the co-founders, Brad Rouse. In this podcast you will learn of climate change, what you can do to help mitigate climate change, and learn more about ESN. This whole experience gave us a new outlook on how the world is changing.  What is happening,? What we can do?  How can we stop this? All these questions will be answered in this podcast. 
April 24, 2019
Climate Change and Farmers
This podcast is about Hickory Nut Gap Farm, and how it's being affected by climate change. We talked to Walker Sides, the farm manager. We learned about the extreme weather events he has experienced through working there for 10 years. He has noticed many changes, and this podcast discusses them. Listen to find out more. 
April 24, 2019
The End of the World as We Know It
FSI students speak about how greenhouse gases lead to people being forced away from their homes, and ways to prevent it from continuing at home. Evidence was gained by research from credible sources such as NASA and Dr. Eggers, a professor of environmental sciences at UNC Asheville. All Music is From The Music Used Was: "Synthwave D" and "Sea of Tranquility." The TeknoAXE YouTube Channel is at: Sound Effects From INNORECORDS at INNORECORDS Freesound Page at
April 24, 2019
Tiny Little Wings
In this episode, FSI student Keagan C. and his group talk about how bees are affected by climate change. An expert beekeeper discusses the problems that bees are having like colony collapse disorder. Questions arise regarding whether colony collapse disorder and climate change are related or not. 
April 24, 2019
Okra on Fire
We follow Chris Smith as he explains the effects of climate change on our atmosphere and how that is going to affect us in the future. As he explains how climate change is badly affecting us to day and will continue to in the future, Chris also offers some solutions, using okra as an example. We are also inspired by his example and decide that compost is a good way for our school to contribute.
April 24, 2019
How Climate Change Affects the Adventures We Find in Nature
In this podcast, our group discussed with the Training and Safety Director of Outward Bound Alex Schwartz. He explains how climate change is progressively getting worse. This gave the group a better understanding of the situation and helped us in taking steps to heal our world.
April 24, 2019
Boichar in the Earth
Our group recorded a podcast using information we got from Dan Hetingner. 
April 24, 2019
Small Things Can Make a Big Difference
Hosted by: Adella S., Theresa L. and Skyelar H. featuring climate change activist Steven Norris Young people have a lot to learn, including how to take care of our earth and help make sure that we have a future to look forward to. Steven Norris, a local climate change activist, helped us learn more about what we can do for our planet. 
April 24, 2019
Climate Change: What's Happening?
FSI students Jay E. and Ryan W. speak about greenhouse gases and their effects such as flooding, glaciers melting. and coastal regions with sea level rise. In addition they address how greenhouse gases cause flooding and changes in the water for many different places. They end on what we can do about it.
April 24, 2019
What The Heck is Phenological Mismatch?
As young people, it can be overwhelming trying to inform ourselves on Climate Change and how we can change this world for the better. Let us teach you about phenological mismatch and Nature's Notebook and how you can make a difference.
April 24, 2019
The Struggles of Farm Life
Our group interviewed Asher Wright, a farmer at Warren Wilson  College about climate change variability on the farm. In our podcast we discussed how climate change affects all the different aspects of a farm. Asher tells us how the weather affects the animals and the food we all eat.  Climate change effects more than you would think, in this episode we discuss how climate change affects personal lives and the standard of living.
April 24, 2019
Changing the Planet Through Ecoforesting
In our podcast we talk about climate change and how its effecting our earth. We interviewed an Eco-forester Andy Tait, who talks about whats it's like to be an Eco-forester and how he is helping the environment  every day and how we need to step up against deforestation. People all around the world are affected by climate change everyday, and if we don't stop it soon it will only get worse.  In our podcast we talk about the ways you can help this global issue. 
April 24, 2019
Asheville Is Fighting Climate Change; We Need You!
Hosted by Ryleigh B., Baeddan H., Lily M., and Hala H., along with guest speakers Amber Weaver, the Head of the Department of Sustainability in Asheville, and Sophie Mullinax, the Blue Horizons Project Coordinator. Climate change is having a negative effect on our environment, including more extreme weather events. The greenhouse gases we emit aren't helping but the City of Asheville is implementing policies and projects to reduce our emissions. We talked to Amber Weaver, the Head of the Department of Sustainability, to go find out about these policies and projects. In this podcast we share what we learned from her, as well as sharing the additional research we did on specific organizations trying to reduce their emissions. Then we talked to Sophie Mullinax, the Blue Horizons Project coordinator for more info on the policy that created the project. To conclude our podcast, we share an easy tip you can follow to reduce your emissions and save money. 
April 24, 2019