Explore Step 2.3: Making Connections
Suggested Subject Area: Environmental Education/Literacy
To provide students with opportunities to:
You will need:
Our carbon footprint is a measure of the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide, caused by our daily activities, for example:
Introduce students to ways greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced, e.g. reduce electricity use; reduce our use of vehicles that burn fuel and reduce using products that require fuel and electricity to produce.
View the You Tube video Food Water Energy For all For Ever at http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/aboutcc/ (below)
Climate change adaption involves taking action to adjust to, or respond to the effects of changes in climate. Talk with students about the many things we can do to adapt to changes in our climate.
Discuss how each of the actions, (both mitigation and adaptation) described requires one person to make a difference.
Focus on activities that emit sources of greenhouse gases from a class or a school source. Ask students to brainstorm a list of ways greenhouse gas emissions are being produced at school and released into the air. Compile these onto a large class list and classify.
Working in small groups, ask students to view the image of a possible school that is tackling climate change and living sustainably at http://www.sustainableschools.act.gov.au/
Ask students to share things that they can do to tackle climate change at their school that they see represented in the graphics. For example: