The Amazon

By Vedh Barre, Age 10, Helping Ninja

This is what you need to know about the Amazon Rainforest Fires

So incase you haven’t heard the amazon rainforest is on roll in a very bad and when i say this i maen it in a bad way it is on fire and it gives us 20% of the earths oxygen and here is the reason. cattle rancher burn the forest so there cattle graze and that is bad cuse we depend on it for oxygen.

Another reason it is our rain forests are in trouble is becuse big companies like Pepsico, Nestlé, etc etc for palm oil which they use to make candys dirinks and other commen items but they can use other things but use palm oil becuse it is the easiest to get.

These are the reasons why we need to protect the forest.

if you wan to read the full list of companies that have been linked to contributing to the deforastatoin of our rain forests, clck the link below.

Why should we care?

  • The Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate. Brazil has seen more than 74,000 fires this year ⁠— nearly double 2018’s total of about 40,000 fires. About 10,000 new fires started in the last week alone.
  • Scientists and environmentalists say the reason the Amazon is on fire is because farmers are deliberately starting blazes in their efforts to clear land for crops or livestock. One researcher estimated that humans start 99% of all Amazon rainforest fires.
  • Such fires are a major cause of deforestation in the Amazon. If too much of the rainforest disappears, it could pass a tipping point after which it may become a savannah.

National Geographic

Wild In The Classroom

Helping Ninjas participated in World Widlife’s Foundation Wild In The Classrrom first-ever LIVE Remote Class with WWF Environmentalist and Conservationist, Erin Simon! Helping Ninjas celebrated World Oceans Day 2019 by learning about ocean plastic with a WWF expert! Helping Ninjas had the opportunity to ask questions directly to Erin right from our own Outdoor Classroom!


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We Love Nature Cat

By Layla Berry, Age 8, Carmel, IN, Helping Ninija

Today I watched Nature Cat on PBS Kids TV and I learned about pumpkins and lady bugs. Lady bugs spray bad smellinggas to predators away and not eat them.

Pumpkns can decompose and turn back into soil.

And also I learned there are alot of things you can do with pumpkins. You can make a pumpkin pie or muffins. You can also fry the seeds in a pan with oil and eat them. You can also use the seeds to plant more pumpkins.

I like Nature Cat becuse you learn a lot about nature.

Composting In School

Carmel Clay Schools College Wood Elementary

College Wood Elementary students have been learning about compost and teaching others about the importance of compost and also experimenting with composting in their school cafe and after school clubs with Carmel Clay Parks to reduce food waste and help our enviroment.


Creator and Fournder, Leo Berry helped to create this video for College Wood Elementary cafe and CWE Organic Cafe Garden.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Adventures

By Sydney Holpp, Age 23, Helping Ninja

My exprience at Dauphin Island Sea Lab has been a really interesting one, to say the least! I spent the first half of my week basically studying nonstop. But when I wasn’t studying, I got to experience some of the neatest places on the Gulf coast. For Coastal Wetlands, we took a day trip to different areas all around the Mobile Bay.

We first took the Mobile Bay ferry from Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan on the east side of the bay to go see the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.

Here we saw a freshwater marsh with beautiful water lilies and carnivorous plants called bladderworts. Bladderworts are carnivorous plants because they have “bladders” that trap little animals like small insects and protozoa, like amoebas, and digest them.

It was so beautiful that it didn’t seem real!

As we made our way around the Bay, we stopped at a pitcher plant bog in Baldwin County, and it was absolutely breathtaking! We saw three species of pitcher plants, two species of sundews, and bog orchids. The neatest aspect of the bog was that it was completely natural. The ground was squishy and moist because of the sphagnum moss that carnivorous plants need to grow.

Unfortunately, these types of habitats are really impacted by human development because they need fire to keep woody plants from growing in the bog and overcrowding the pitcher plants.

When humans move nearby, fire becomes less frequent in order to protect the developed areas. So, these bogs are very scarce and are slowly disappearing. Luckily, there are special refuges to conserve these habitats and keep them happy and healthy, like the Weeks Bay Pitcher Plant Bog. If you ever travel to Gulf Shores, Alabama, taking a stop at the Weeks Bay Pitcher Plant Bog is a necessity for any carnivorous plant lover.

Excitingly enough, I celebrated my 23rd birthday recently, but I was too exhausted to actually celebrate because I had spent all the night before studying for two midterms that I took that day! That’s the life of a college student… The next day I was back to work and had to go out on a field trip all day for Marine Ecology.

We left early in the morning on the Dauphin Island Sea Lab research boat, the E.O. Wilson, and rode two hours to a gas rig.

The reason we went out there was to observe the structure of the communities of fish and invertebrates living at the gas rig at different depths, meaning we went to different depths underneath the rig and counted species of fish, barnacles, corals, and other organisms to see if there was a pattern based on how shallow or deep the communities were. We had professional divers assist our class with data collection because we could only snorkel at the surface, and the bottom of the rig was 64 feet down, so we couldn’t even see the bottom (or whatever animals were lurking in the shadows of the rig, which makes it so mysterious).

Some of the species we saw were Atlantic spadefish, blennies, and even barracuda!

The water was very green and you couldn’t see past five feet in front of your face, and this is because the Bonnet Carréspillway of the Mississippi River was opened to combat the flooding in states like Missouri. Because of the freshwater nutrient input into the Gulf of Mexico, the algae bloomed like crazy, turning the water green. The flooding of the Mississippi River is occurring because of an increase in rainfall and storms from the changing climate. The spillway has actually broken a record this year for staying open for 75 days, which is longer than it ever has been opened in history. It’s important for scientists to figure out how to combat these algae blooms caused by the input of freshwater, but it’s also important to figure out ways to protect the states up north that are flooded by the Mississippi River.

Snorkeling at the rig was an amazing experience that I could only have through Dauphin Island Sea Lab, so for that I am very thankful.

    

The Carbon Cycle

Helping Others Learn About The Carbon Cycle and Renewable Energy

Today I helped at a festival at the Carmel library in Carmel. IN for the Carmel Green Initiative.

At the booth, kids were a carbon molecule that went to different areas (atmosphere, plant/animal, soil, fossil fuels, marine life, surface ocean, deep ocean, ocean sediment).

My job was to help younger kids through the areas.

At the end I showed them how burning fossil fuels released carbon dioxide into the air and collected the sun’s heat and energy.

As a result, it warmed up the earth, killed plants, and melted glaciers. To prevent it, we could use solar energy or wind energy to help the Earth.

This blog post was written by Shayen, 4th Grade, Sycamore School, Carmel, IN

Shayen, 4th grade, Helping Ninja

Want to learn more about The Carbon Cycle?

Try resarching it by exploring articles on the Internet! if you are student, make sure you check with an adult first! You can also ask your educators! Once you learn something, share it! Teach a friend, a family member, or share with the Helping Ninjas! Others can learn too! Learning about how are planet works, is the first step in heping it!

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Renewable Energy

How Does Wind Power Work?

Wind Power turbines spin using use wind to create energy.

How Does Solar Power Work?

Solar Power uses the sun to create energy.

Many groups are advocating for renewable energy and Helping Ninjas salutes those organazations and individuals that are helping our planet!

Thank you Carmel Green Initiative for inviting us to learn about the carbon cycle and renewable energy and for allowing us to help others learn too! Thank you for helping our planet!

Solar United Neighbors Organization is helping to create awarness about solar energy and creating innovative ways to make it affortable to consumers.

Students can learn at about solar power through solar outreach programs!

Follow this link to learn more:

Helping Ninjas thinks more schools should learn about solar and wind power at home and in schools! Learning about how to help our planet is fun!

Carmel Green Initiative

Today, I ventured out to the Carmel Public Library to help with the “Carmel Green Initiative.” I was excited for this special experience to volunteer at the booth through Helping Ninjas. Immediately, I took on a role to help kids go through a simulation where they take on a fictional role of being a carbon dioxide molecule, and they went through the lifecycle of the molecule. The simulation allowed us to see how much carbon dioxide is in each environment; some of the environments included in the game were Atmosphere, Plant/Animal, Marine Life, Fossil Fuel, Deep Ocean, Ocean Surface, Soil, and Ocean Sediment. What we learned through this simulation was that carbon dioxide today is located most in the atmosphere. This is because of many reasons, but especially due to increases in burning fossil fuels for our cars, heating our home, and providing our house with electricity. These actions release carbon dioxide. This also causes global warming and pollution.

Many kids looped through the simulation, and I enjoyed helping little kids learn about our environment. The kids came up with great ideas of how we can stop the pollution of carbon dioxide. Some ideas that the kids shared were that we should make electric cars mandatory and ban fossil fuels. Other ways to go green are install solar panels on houses, use CFL’s and LED’s light bulbs, and plant trees that make oxygen. Overall, this was a great activity for me and other kids, and if I had an opportunity to do this again, I would leap at it.

Blog Post Written By Avi, Sycamore School, Indianapolis, IN

Avi, 7th grade, Helping Ninja

Helping Ninjas of Indianapois

At the Carmel Clay Library

Helping Ninjas of Indianapolis at the Carmel Clay Library Festival! Helping Ninjas with Carmel Green Initiative!

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