“"GROH FREE FROM YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT"”
- 3 Challenges Completed
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A Green-Powered Canada
7A & 7B chose to take part in a debate for this challenge. In virtual breakout teams, students researched a variety of renewable forms of energy including solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric and tidal power. The challenge was for groups to decide which type of renewable energy Canada should invest in. During the on-line debate, students passionately shared and defended their opinions with evidence and facts learned from their research. Some students admitted that their thinking changed throughout the course of the debate after listening to some of their classmates' arguments. At the conclusion of the debate, we conducted a quick class poll and solar power was the energy type chosen by the majority. We tried to capture the debate with jamboard images and video recordings.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
After calculating their own individual carbon footprints, students looked at the interactive world map to explore the ecological footprint of different countries in the world. They learned about ecological deficits which occurs when humans use more resources than they can offset with their resources. Some countries have enough biocapacity to make up for the loss of resources used by humans living there. Using Venn Diagrams, students compared their own carbon footprint to that of Canada and another country in the world.
Round and Round it Goes
After reviewing linear and circular economies, students were challenged to choose a product they believe belongs to the linear economy. Students were engaged in researching what company produces this product and they then created a “project proposal” for the company giving suggestions for how they might “close the loop” to create a circular economy for the product. Students wrote letters and emails to various companies including Nike, H&M, Black & Decker, Kitchen Aid, Tilt Scooters etc. Students were excited to receive many replies from companies who acknowledged their suggestions.