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Our Red Meatless CO2 offset digital story using the VoiceThread technology. A 21 st century, multidisciplinary approach to environmental management and multimedia, educational technologies. This is my Harvard Extension School Educational Technologies Graduate Degree Capstone product.
The experiment asks students to not eat red meat during a certain period of time to offset the CO2 airline emissions of the Oceanic Societies research and eco tourism flights to remote areas. We chose to offset red meat because the production of red meat creates the largest CO2 emissions to date--more than cars or coal plants.
The students, teachers and communities learned how to calculate CO2 emissions, about what CO2 is , what an offset is and how CO2 and their actions both affect and effect our environment. We used this project to empower students with the ability to understand and make informed decisions.
The project was created and designed in collaboration with the Charlestown, MA Warren Prescott Elementary School, quen.ch (http//: quen.ch.org), the Oceanic Society, Jenna Norwood, the Harvard University Extension School Educational Technologies and Sustainability & Environmental Management departments. The Harvard University School of Public Health and the Harvard University Office for Sustainability.
The project and it's technologies has since been used in Graduate degree courses at Harvard University and won two awards University wide awards for work toward Sustainability.
Please feel free to contact me--Alisyn