How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

Students will learn about the concept of carbon footprints and calculate their own.

111 Classrooms

Learning Outcomes

  • calculate their carbon footprint and explain its importance
  • compare and contrast standards of living in Canada and those in developing countries (option 1)
  • determine ways to decrease their carbon footprint (option 2)

Instructions

Complete one of the following options. You will only be able to submit work and get credit for one option.

Option 1: Calculate your carbon footprint and compare it with that of someone in the developing world

Students will explore the concept of a carbon footprint. Students will then calculate their carbon footprint and that of someone in a developing country and compare the two.

Option 2: Calculate your carbon footprint and make changes to reduce it

Students will explore the concept of a carbon footprint, calculate their yearly carbon footprint and create a picture informing others how to reduce or offset their carbon footprints.

Resources

Important

Please respect all school and governmental guidelines and restrictions surrounding COVID-19. Review the 2021 CEDC COVID-19 policy here. This challenge does NOT require students to participate in an in-person event.

Classrooms who have completed the challenge

Energy savings by the numbers

water_works 118,468 Litres of water conserved
hour_no_power 3,273 Hours of no power
take_home 25,944 Items Kept from Landfill