Classroom Activities: What is My Carbon Footprint?

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Link to Resource: https://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/classroom-activities-carbon-footprint
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Summary:Current consumption of fossil fuel releases more than 25 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. If current trends continue, there will be a tripling of atmospheric CO2 by the end of the century—levels not seen for more than 40 million years. By measuring our carbon footprint, we can learn how we are contributing to this rise in atmospheric CO2 and how we might use energy more efficiently. To accompany the lecture series Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. Using an online calculator, you will estimate your household’s carbon footprint and explore various actions to reduce it.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS2.D; ESS3.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-6; HS-ESS3-6; MS-ESS3-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; climate; climate change; energy; environment; high school; middle school; pollution; renewable energy
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