Option 1: Find out what your city or community is doing to plan for or reduce potential changes in climate. Identify ways that students and other community members can participate locally.
Option 2: Watch a film related to carbon emissions and climate (see the following list for possibilities). Have students research one of the claims presented in the film, and write a review that either supports or refutes that claim based on evidence.
Option 3: Lead students on a tour of your school’s recycling or compost areas to determine whether students could be doing something more to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Option 4: Explore carbon offsets as a means to reduce overall carbon emissions. Explain how some organizations plant trees for individuals and businesses to offset the carbon emissions from various activities (examples include CarbonFund.org). Give students a scenario in which they are traveling on vacation with their family, and ask them to write a letter to their parents explaining the rationale behind planting trees to offset carbon emissions from their trip. Ask them to write why they would or would not suggest it for a vacation trip. Remind them that traveling by car, plane, or bus emits carbon.
Option 5: Discuss the differences between offsetting carbon emissions and limiting emissions in the first place. What are the benefits and drawbacks of each approach?
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