Name: Matt Jarvis, Class of 2011 graduate
Senior Mastery Project: Some say global warming is a hoax. Others believe the future of our planet is in serious jeopardy because of it. Through his research, Jarvis came to the conclusion that human-induced global warming is real and unless the world starts doing more to protect the environment, sea levels will continue to rise and extreme weather events will occur more frequently.
Why he selected the topic: "I've always had a passion for the environment and for the outdoors. Ever since I can remember, I really wanted to bring to light how important it is to us...and the following generations," Jarvis told Patch.
What he learned: "I learned to be more compassionate for the environment and in the end more compassionate for others.... We're all in this together. What we do now will affect generations after us," Jarvis said.
Just the Facts: Although skeptics believe rising temperatures are caused by earth's natural cycles, global warming is recognized by the national science academies of all the major industrialized countries.
On the Front Lines of Climate Change: Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change because of it's low-lying coastline.
"If global warming continues, sea levels will rise and one-third of the country will be underwater... About two-thirds of the population lives near the coastline so that would be [very] detrimental," Jarvis told Patch.
How we can help: Jarvis recommends driving more efficiently, keeping tires properly inflated, using public transportation, buying Energy Star appliances and recycling.
About Matt: While attending Avon High School, he played hockey and lacrosse. This fall, he's heading to the University of Denver to study geography.
Editor's Note: Hey, Avon Class of 2011 graduating seniors! Do you want your senior master project featured on Avon Patch? E-mail the information to Jessie.Sawyer@patch.com, along with a photo of you and your project. Parents, you can submit on behalf of your children as well. We will be spotlighting one senior mastery project a day, Mondays through Fridays, throughout the entire summer.