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High impact actions for an individual to reduce their carbon footprint

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High school lesson accompanying the scientific paper "The Climate Mitigation Gap" by Seth Wynes and Kimberly Nicholas, 2017, Environmental Research Letters.

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High impact actions for an individual to reduce their carbon footprint

  1. 1. High-Impact actions What are the most effective ways for an individual to reduce their carbon footprint?
  2. 2. 1) What makes this action have such a high impact? 2) Are there helpful suggestions for doing this action? Are there any benefits other than helping the environment? 3) Are there any political ways to get involved in this issue? Questions to answer
  3. 3. Pick the most effective action at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from this list: A) Recycling B) Don’t own a car C) Plant a tree D) Eat a plant-based diet Group quiz
  4. 4. Pick the most effective action at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from this list: A) Recycling B) Don’t own a car C) Plant a tree D) Eat a plant-based diet Group quiz
  5. 5. Pick the most effective action at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from this list: A) Ecodriving B) Caulk/weatherstrip home C) Avoid flying D) Upgrade lightbulbs Group quiz
  6. 6. Pick the most effective action at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from this list: A) Ecodriving B) Caulk/weatherstrip home C) Avoid flying D) Upgrade lightbulbs Group quiz
  7. 7. What is “intergenerational justice”? A) Refusing to buy things from unsustainable companies B) Punishing companies who mistreat the elderly C) An organization started by the UN to judge eco-crimes D) Being fair to future generations by leaving them with a healthy planet Group quiz
  8. 8. What is “intergenerational justice”? A) Refusing to buy things from unsustainable companies B) Punishing companies who mistreat the elderly C) An organization started by the UN to judge eco-crimes D) Being fair to future generations by leaving them with a healthy planet Group quiz
  9. 9. Which type of meat has the biggest carbon footprint? A) Chicken B) Pork C) Beef D) Turkey Group quiz
  10. 10. Which type of meat has the biggest carbon footprint? A) Chicken B) Pork C) Beef D) Turkey Group quiz
  11. 11. If you have to fly, how can you decrease your carbon footprint? A) Pack light and fly in first class B) Take many connecting flights instead of flying direct C) Purchase carbon offsets and pack light D) Carry a helium balloon on board with you Group quiz
  12. 12. If you have to fly, how can you decrease your carbon footprint? A) Pack light and fly in first class B) Take many connecting flights instead of flying direct C) Purchase carbon offsets and pack light D) Carry a helium balloon on board with you Group quiz
  13. 13. How much of a car’s weight comes from passengers and what they carry? A) 5% B) 10% C) 15% D) 20% Group quiz
  14. 14. How much of a car’s weight comes from passengers and what they carry? A) 5% B) 10% C) 15% D) 20% Group quiz
  15. 15. Based on research published in the paper: Wynes and Nicholas 2017, Environmental Research Letters References

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