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Carbon Footprint Investigation


Family Activity

Climate Change is a big deal and it affects all living things on Earth!  Climate change happens when the weather in a region (area) changes and stays that way for a very long time.  Some climate change happens naturally, like the ice age (for example).  The problem is that the climate change we are seeing today is happening faster than in the past. 

What is causing our climate to change so QUICKLY?

We use fossil fuels like natural gas and oil to heat our homes, power our cars, and produce electricity.  Burning these fuels causes greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane to be released into the atmosphere.  These gases then trap heat near the Earth’s surface, making it warmer. 


Your CARBON FOOTPRINT is the amount of carbon dioxide (and other greenhouse gases) you create through the products you use and the actions you take.  For example, look at your everyday activities, like using your computer, turning on the light in your bedroom, taking a bath (heating water uses energy), buying clothes and toys, going grocery shopping, and riding a bus or car to school. 

You can do your part to slow down climate change by shrinking your carbon footprint. Let’s look at five areas where you can shrink your carbon footprint. 

1. Transportation

  • Ride a bike or take the bus (with your parents permission)
  • Carpool (with family and friends)
  • Walk to school (if possible)
  • Ask family and friends to turn off their car when parked

 2. Electricity Use

  • Switch to energy efficient light bulbs (LEDs)
  • Turn off lights and equipment when not in use
  • Unplug chargers when not in use
  • Hang dry clothes when possible

3. Food

  • Buy local produce when available
  • Use a re-usable water bottle
  • Eat less meat/animal products
  • Buy in bulk and use containers for school
  • Compost

4. Shopping

  • Reuse and donate items when possible
  • Think about where it comes from and where it is made
  • Do you really need it?
  • Refuse plastic bottles and items with lots of packaging

5. Water

  • Take shorter showers
  • Water plants in the early morning
  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth
  • Use a re-usable water bottle
  • Purchase water saving fixtures and toilets

Read About A Carbon Footprint and reduce yours at home!