How Cheeseburgers Impact the Oceans

In this activity, students examine the energy required to make a cheeseburger, calculate its associated carbon footprint, and discuss the carbon emissions related to burger production. The activity is geared toward Canadian students but can be customized to the consumption patterns and carbon footprint of American students since the resource references the amount of burgers consumed by Americans in addition to Canadians.

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Jennifer Provencher
Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Instructors may want students to follow up this activity by finding their own carbon footprint.

Grouping students that are math-savvy and students that struggle with math would be a good way to avoid discouraging weaker students.

There are two broken links in the resource section:
the link to the methane emission graph (third bullet); and
the link to the "good site" for looking at other forms of energy and how to convert units (4th from last bullet).

There are advertisements on the conversion website under resources.