Yarloop fires inspire Mandurah Baptist College Youth on Health resilience performance

27 October 2016

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Australia —  The year 11 general drama class at Mandurah Baptist College will represent the Peel region in the 2016 Youth on Health Festival grand final at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on Saturday.

They will be competing against seven other schools.

Students created drama performances on the theme of resilience and the health message of act, belong, commit.

The class began devising their performance and wanted to create a performance that explored an important and relevant issue.

Using the bush fires of Yarloop earlier this year as inspiration, the class devised a 20-minute epic theatre piece. The piece explores the impact of a bush fire on a community and how the community pulls through such a devastating event. With a special emphasis on the impact of fire fighters, townspeople and the outside community, the performance encourages strategies for overcoming hurdles and being empowered by resilience.

The Year 11 general drama class will dedicate their performance to all affected by and involved in assisting with the Yarloop bush fires.

Winters have started approaching the northern region of India that also includes Delhi-NCR along with Punjab and Haryana. Due to this, minimums have also started dropping in many parts of North India including Delhi and NCR. In fact, as per the temperatures recorded on October 15 and October 17, the minimums of Delhi and NCR went down to 17°C.

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As per experts, an increase in the pollution level normally occurs during the winter months. However, there are a few reasons that could enhance the pollution level in Delhi and the adjoining areas. The very first reason that can be attributed to an increase in pollution level in the national capital is crop fires in the neighboring state of Haryana and Punjab.

These two states lie in northwest proximity of Delhi and normal pattern of winds during this season is northwesterly. These winds drag the smoke and fine particles of the burnt crop and mix them with Delhi’s atmosphere. Moreover, the temperatures also start dipping, therefore, the air near the earth’s surface tends to condense leading to formation of haze.

Whenever the winds are light or calm, these air pollutants get mixed with the haze or mist and forms a blanket of smoke haze which remains suspended for few hours in the mornings. Thereafter, the haze disappears as the sun rises and temperatures increases during the day.

 

But as the winter progresses in the month of December and January, the duration of haze, mist or fog gets extended and these pollutants remain suspended in the atmosphere for longer duration of time. Other factors including the smoke emitting from vehicles and factories and dust from construction sites also add to the rising pollution levels.

Sometimes this situation can continue for day’s altogether. However, relief is expected only when a strong Western Disturbance gives rain over the region. It is then that these pollutants settle down for a few days.

Another criterion which reduces the pollution levels is the strong and moderate dry winds from northwest or west which carry away these pollution particles. In a nutshell, it can be said that in October, intensity and duration of pollution remain less though increases in November as winters sets in.

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