speaker tackles thought provoking topics for Geography students

Wednesday March 7, 2018

Climate change, the future of energy and tectonic hazards in Iceland were among the topics of guest speaker, David Edwards, who visited Concord to a deliver a programme of lectures to Form 5 and sixth form students studying Geography. He was also very prepared for a weather change when he visited Concord as he had driven to Shropshire from Dumfries where it had been snowing and equipped his car with climbing gear and a sleeping bag.  Fortunately, he needed neither on his visit to Concord! David, a university tutor on environmental sustainability and energy courses and a professional mountain walks and climbing leader, spoke to Concord students who are studying either GCSE or A level Geography as part of a curriculum enrichment day. On his first visit to Concord, he brought some ‘real world’ geographical environmental insights with examples of case studies, extending students’ learning to situations outside the classroom. On climate change, he outlined the deep drilling of ice on the Pacific Ocean floor collecting evidence of climate change ‘giving confidence to what we already know.’ He spoke of the imaginative ways in which geologists try and gather data from the past.  “Science is about being creative and getting more creative data,” said David who is pictured with Concord GCSE Geography students Ronnie and Matthew. Said Concord’s Head of Geography Miss Susan Cunliffe:  “It was a real privilege to hear the talks David Edwards delivered so professionally on such a range of thought provoking issues as climate change, the threat of Icelandic tectonic hazards and the future global energy crisis. “His enthusiasm for the places and subject matter he was sharing with us were clear and he brought them to life through his beautiful images, in-depth scientific explanations and amusing anecdotes. “It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to hear from an expert in these topics and to be challenged by the most up-to-date evidence of the threat from climate change from someone who has been involved in active research in polar regions. “His talks were not only stimulating and extremely informative from a geographical perspective, but also gave an insight into an array of scientific research careers which should hopefully inspire our students to broaden their aspirations.”