A girl fighting against Climate Change

GRETA THUNBERG 16 years old

If you look at this photo you’ll see a 16 year ld Swedish girl like many others. It could be you right? Instead she is a Swedish political activist working to stop global warming. What do you know about it?

Today it’s the International Women’s day and I’d like to focus on something positive that can give us hope and inspiration.

In August 2018 she became a prominent figure for starting the first school strike.

In November 2018 she spoke at TedEx Stockholm. Her speech is just stunning.

In December 2018, as you can see in the video below, she addressed the U.N. Climate Change  Conference, to reduce Carbon dioxide emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement.

This is the Paris Agreement in a nutshell 🙂

The American President Donald Trump instead withdrew from it in June 2017.

On March 15th there’ll be a general strike. If you want to know more check ‘School strike 4 climate’ or ‘Fridays for Future’, ‘Youth for climate’ o ‘Youth strike 4 climate.

Here’s the MAP of the WORLD with all the events of FridaysFor Future. Can you spot your town there? https://www.fridaysforfuture.org/events/map

Poster by my students for tomorrow 🙂

W. BLAKE 1 Embrace creativity!

Next Tuesday we’re starting to read one of the greatest poets and artists: WILLIAM BLAKE (1757-1827). To introduce the author and spend our “precious time in class” reading his poems I’m asking you to do this post, step by step.

Newton

NEWTON http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/blake-newton-n05058

No other poet could better embody the pure essence of Creativity, the fight against the injustices of his time and the constant wish to balance & blend the OPPOSITE FORCES of life in a PERENNIAL QUEST FOR HARMONY, which will be one of main themes running through our syllabus. I’ve found a TV documentary you may find interesting. In order to help you while listening, I’ve created some True/False questions with EDPUZZLE.

STEP 1: Watch the EDPUZZLE video & answer the provided questions.

Since Blake’s message according to the documentary was: EMBRACE A WORLD OF CREATIVITY I’ve chosen this second video animation, highly visual.

I know some of you are Art lovers so sou can see The 10 best works by William Blake in this article by The Guardian.  They’re stunning and highly impressive. Some of his paintings refer to Dante’s Divina Commedia and you’ll find them familiar. The Lovers’ Wirlwind Beatrice 

Show them to your teacher of Italian 🙂

The last video is an animation. Sheila Graber was Commissioned by the Tate Gallery (London) to create a movie for their 1977 Blake Exhibition. She was even invited down into the Sculpture Hall where she actually made the movie in public view – thus demonstrating how animation on cel ( a transparent sheet of celluloid or similar film material that can be drawn on, used in the production of cartoonsis actually done. It follows “The Poets” journey from Heaven to Hell and back… showing that, as Blake said, “Energy is Eternal delight and whether we create of destroy-it’s the same energy.”

Now I hope you’ll be ready and willing to know more about this great artist and read together in class some of his poems. Bye!