Climate change can often change the course of history, as I learned in Mr. Frye's European History class. In the Early Middle Age, Norse tribes from Sweden and Denmark migrated down to Western Europe because the frigid climate made it extremely difficult for them to provide for themselves. From that point on they wrought havoc in Europe as they raided Carolingian monasteries, and other cities, selling the treasures they found in trade markets and making an incredible amount of money. This would often knock entities off their feet, as an unexpected power interrupted their peace. Another significant event that climate change affected was the agriculture in Europe during this same time period. The area that is now England had very tough soil, and a difficult climate in which to farm. The inhabitants adapted and invented the heavy plow and the three field system, which became major techniques for their agriculture for ages to come.
Climate change plays a major role in each person's life, both now and back then, because it altars the way we live our lives. As Norse tribes did, many move to comfortable climates rather than living in frigid cold climates. Others, like the modern day English, adapt to the climate in which they reside, discovering new techniques of survival. The bottom line is that climate change affects the most basic parts of who we are as people, and the simplest actions we take.
Sara Catherine Cook, 10th
The Global Initiative Student Advisory Board, a body comprising students from each grade, reflects on the myriad ways our global themes pop up in curricular and extra curricular experiences. They simultaneously document what the school is doing and reflect our efforts so that we can continue to grow.