In this learning activity, students will use a Web-based carbon calculator to determine their carbon footprint. Students will examine their personal and household habits and choices in relation to their carbon footprint; identify which personal activities and household choices produce the most CO2 emissions; compare their carbon footprint to the U.S. and global averages; and identify lifestyle changes they can make to reduce their footprint.
Students will use Google Earth to investigate areas affected by climate change.
Students will use Google Earth to explore evidence of climate change during 1980 - 2010. They will use Google Earth to explore changes in the extent of Arctic Sea ice over a recent 30-year period, explore changes in the distribution of coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea, and understand that climate change will continue to affect our planet into the future.
Students will use Google Earth to explore the effects of a 2 meter rise in sea level on the existing landscape. Students will use the Google Earth elevation profile tool to understand the effects of sea level rise in 5 low lying coastal areas and explore changes in sea level in the Chesapeake Bay region.
Students will explore carbon reduction strategies at personal and societal levels. They will explore how sustainable energy resources and carbon capture and storage methods can help reduce carbon emissions levels.