Multimedia Animation

Hello Everyone! This is our game (by Henry and Leo) to show people how hard it is for farmers to stop pests. It is based on a game called space invaders! We made it on Scratch ( a programming website).

  

Press on the green flag to start the game. Then use the space bar to shoot the insects and the left and right arrow keys to move the Cotton boll. Don’t forget to collect your hearts!

Let us know what you think of our game!

Biosecurity and our future!

Imagine if all of your food was lost? Imagine how would you survive scrambling for food…but just imagine if that scenario does happen in our future. Well it is a true concept and it might occur in about fifty-years. There is one problem that will cause severe damage to farmers all around Australia and world. That tiny little problem is called biosecurity and it is connected to climate change. Climate change is what we call global weather changes that are largely due to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels by humans.

Climate change has serious consequences for everyone including farmers. One of the effects is when increasing numbers of pests invade their crops and eat them and this happens to cotton crops too. These pests are incredibly dangerous to the plant and can destroy whole fields. Nowadays, farmers have come up with a number of solutions including cropdusters and specially designed cotton species that are tougher and more resistant to pests. Cropdusters are tiny planes that fly down incredibly low and spray pesticides on the crops which kill all the insects. Unfortunately, this includes good insects. This is no good as it kills insects that are on our side and are not pests. So maybe farmers haven’t found a proper solution yet. But they are always working hard so I’m sure they will.

Another consequence of climate change is extreme weather (floods, droughts, hurricanes) and unreliable weather (when in the cropping year does it rain or shine). Extreme weather can be extraordinarily terrible like floods, flash floods, hurricanes, droughts and many more. Floods can drown the crops and stop the plants dead. Droughts have the same effect. Cotton is a picky crop – it wants just the right amount of water at just the right time in order to produce lots of cotton bolls. If farmers can’t predict when the rain will come they have a lot of trouble growing a crop and might have to buy water from someone else. This can get really expensive! What happens if no one has extra water … there will be no crop at all.

Biosecurity is the word that we use to describe a secure and reliable source of food and fibre. Climate change will make that difficult because of the extreme weather. The simple way to think of it is that all the plants are dying because of us humans! Recently Farmers have had a lot of high temperatures and not enough water. This means that farmers don’t have any water to water their crops or even have water themselves (because not only do the plants need water to survive the farmers need water to have showers, wash there hands etc just like us). Errrrrr we obviously we need to wash our hands even when we have a drought. Droughts are even worse conditions where no one has any rainfall and therefore no water. Droughts crackle the dirt and makes it rock hard and there is no rain for plants or the environment. Gee that sounds scary doesn’t it. Lots of people in Australia suffer because they have had no water in a drought. Scientists predict climate change will only get worse. Sounds scary doesn’t it.

evieWell how does this affect us in the city you ask. As you all know, the majority of the clothes you wear are from cotton. Your shirts, jeans, hats, scarves, beanies, bags, shorts, socks, tights and towels are all cotton and probably harvested from Australian farms (we do have some of the best cotton after all!). Well, can you picture all of this disappearing? We would all be naked. And cotton needs takes about half a year to crop and harvest. If the impacts of climate change continue in about fifty years time cotton might start fading away.

So what can you do to help farmers across Australia?

Think of the fruit of their labours – you are lucky to have and accessories like towels and scarves and beanies. If there’s a big storm think of the farmers and how much they have done for the life we enjoy.

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Art Process

Homestretch!

Homestretch!

 Have you missed out on some of the art process?

Well luckily for you we have created a step by step procedure for all those who need some help remembering. 😉
1) An old fashioned overhead projector is hovered over Shadow with a picture of cotton. The Archibull artists trace on cotton, sticks and dirt. While leaving out space for the two raindrops of course!

2) Archibull artist’s begin to paint sticks over the bottom board and Shadow’s body.

The board is under way!

The board is under way!A brief description of what Shadow looks like. A brief description of what Shadow looks like.

3) Our artists trace the cotton in silver paint onto Shadow and his board.
4) The Archibull artists complete the cotton and paint the insides of the cotton in white.
5) Shadow is placed and attached to his board.
6) Farm style fence posts are placed behind Shadow.
7) The words “A Cotton Tail” in fairy lights are twisted on to the fence posts.
8) Plastic Bees are added and painted (After all, bees are a very important part of the fertilsation of cotton.

Now we’re ready for the competition!

Shadow's artists having fun painting.

Shadow’s artists having fun painting.