2013 Winners

Challenge has been completed by:

77 Classrooms!
Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the concept of carbon footprints and calculate their own for one year. They will also compare their footprint to people in different regions around the world.

SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE POINT LEVELS TO COMPLETE. YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK AND GET POINTS FOR ONE POINT LEVEL.

5 POINTS Explore the concept of a carbon footprint, calculate your yearly carbon footprint, and brainstorm ways to reduce or offset it.

10 POINTS Review a case study of someone or an organization that has made an effort to reduce their/its carbon footprint and write a profile about that person or organization.

15 POINTS Explore the concept of a carbon footprint. Calculate your yearly carbon footprint and then calculate the yearly carbon footprint of a person similar in age to you living in a country in the developing world. Compare and contrast the differences between the two footprints.


LEARNING OUTCOMES:
BY THE END OF THIS ACTIVITY, STUDENTS WILL…

  • Explain and calculate carbon footprints and offsetting.
  • Determine ways to decrease carbon footprints for themselves and others.
  • Be able to compare and contrast standards of living Canada to those in developing countries.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Calculate your carbon footprint, and learn more about what a carbon footprint is through the Global Footprint Network

Visit Cool The World to find out how much carbon dioxide your lifestyle emits in one year. 

How big is your environmental footprint? Visit the World Wildlife Fund to calculate it. 

You can also try the carbon footprint calculator

Another carbon footprint calculator to try is the Islandwood Ecological Footprint Calculator

Read what the Nature Conservancy has to say about carbon footprints. 

Check out how stuff works, to find out how carbon footprints really work. 

Watch a video explaining the carbon footprint. 

Watch a 3-D animation explaining how we use - and misuse - energy. 

Compare your lifetyle to that of a child's living in another country by visiting here.

Take this cool quiz to see if you need to improve your carbon footprint. 

 

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