Carbon Footprint

Students investigate how much greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide and methane) their family releases into the atmosphere each year and relate it to climate change. To address this, students use the Environmental Protection Agency Personal Emissions Calculator to estimate their family's greenhouse gas emissions and to think about how their family could reduce those emissions.

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Activities for Conceptualizing Climate and Climate Change
Perdue University
Activity takes about two 45-minute class periods. Computer access is necessary for part of the lesson.

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The activity is robust and very well done.

Educator must open separate windows for teacher guide activity and PowerPoint slides at

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