What is each person's responsibility for environmental stewardship?
NOTE: Prior to this lesson, use the Blue Sky Activity in which students envision a better world. If you already have a Blue Sky display, revisit it before beginning this lesson.
Students learn about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. Students discuss the issue and motivations for giving for the common good. Through discussion and brainstorming, students establish things they can do personally and as a team to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
One 50 Minute Class Period
The learner will:
Discuss project ideas the class can do together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or improve the air quality in their community. This may include letter-writing and advocacy to the state or federal government about establishing energy-efficiency or clean-air policies.
(Teacher Note: Prior to the start of this class make sure you can access the 14-minute streaming video "Ahead of the Curve" about states adopting climate change policies as a model for the national government.)
Tell the students that they are going to watch a video about people giving their time to reduce global climate change. Tell them to listen for solutions proposed by the different states. Have them listen for details about consensus-building and leading locally as a laboratory for the federal government. Have them note who is giving time without pay to work for this cause and why it is important to them. Show the video Ahead of the Curve.
The assessment for this lesson is based on involvement in the group discussions and completion of the written personal statement.
Have students look at their home efficiency with their families. They can look for ways to reduce energy consumption in their heating, cooling, cooking, and transportation habits. Also, encourage students to look for ways to reduce the amount of trash they produce by recycling and reusing materials.
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