Mitigating Climate Change

Background Information

Mitigation involves attempts to slow and reverse the process of warming by decreasing human-produced greenhouse gases emissions. Actions such as choosing modes of transportation and energy-efficient appliances and planting trees has benefits and consequences for human lifestyles and economies, as well as the natural world.

Suggested Activities

  1. Calculate Your Food Carbon Footprint
  2. Global Warming Wheel Card
  3. The One Degree Factor: The Carbon Dioxide Game

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • map food origin/path
  • compare and contrast impact of local food vs food from other regions
  • list/graph individual carbon sources in household (heating/cooling, refrigeration, AV, lighting, travel)
  • design city in a carbon friendly way
  • discuss climate impacts of agriculture
  • compare carbon footprint of rural WI resident vs. NY city resident
  • design “clean development” paths for developing countries

Applicable Standards

Science

Life and Environmental Science

  • F.8.9 Explain how some of the changes on the earth are contributing to changes in the balance of life and affecting the survival or population growth of certain species
  • F.8.10 Project how current trends in human resource use and population growth will influence the natural environment, and show how current policies affect those trends.

Environmental Education

Decision and Action Skills

  • EE D.8.5 Explain how personal actions can impact an environmental issue; e.g., doing volunteer work for conservation
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