One of the biggest challenges our students' generation will face is climate change. For many years, scientists have linked the increased average global temperatures to the increased amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. These gases act like the glass in a greenhouse—letting radiation through, which warms the planet, but not allowing the heat to escape. The following activities will help students understand how this process works, and the actions they can take to help.
Cycling doesn't burn any fuel so no greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere. Buses use less fuel per person than a car, so taking the bus puts less greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.
Having your heating too high
Turn the heating down and put on a sweater. Gas powered heating systems burn natural gas which releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Reducing the temperature reduces the amount of gas that is burned.
Throwing a recyclable soda can in the trash
Recycling items like cans means fewer natural resources need to be used to make more drink cans. This means less energy is used and less carbon dioxide is released into the environment.
Taking short flights
Take the train instead. Modern trains are more efficient than airplanes. This will mean your carbon footprint will be smaller.