You make 100s of decisions every day that have an impact on our planet. Taking 5-10 minutes to measure your carbon footprint will give you insight into actionable items you can take that will help save our planet.
Earthday provides an easy to use tool to calculate your carbon footprint. Here’s what you need to know going in:
• Your dietary habits
• Your latest electricity bill (ask your parents)
Our government is the only institution able to make massive changes to the energy infrastructure to prevent our ice caps from melting. They need to know that a strong action on climate is the main concern from the public. Use the resources below to get your voice heard!
1. Introduce yourself with something about you (age, passions) 2. Mention why you personally care about the ice caps melting 3. Ask them to support legislation to help bring CO2 levels down 4. Ask for a reply!
Also, DON’T FORGET TO VOTE! Once you’re old enough to take part in elections, do your research on the available candidates and make sure you voice your preference for someone who has the climate in mind.
Talk to Your Teachers
Talk to your teachers about incorporating climate change into the classroom.
For example, see if one of your teachers will dedicate some class time to get the whole class to write letters to your local government representative. Also talk to your school cafeteria about stopping use of all plastic cutlery and containers, and using more environmentally-friendly cleaning products.
If you participate in a science fair, try one of these great project ideas (or even just try at home for fun!):
Organize weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly get togethers where you can watch documentaries, discuss recent events, or chat about books or articles you’ve read. Ask a teacher if you can borrow their classroom for meetings.
“Earth Day” occurs every April, making a great excuse to host a school-wide event! Talk to your principal or your favourite teacher about organizing an assembly.
Host An Event
Organise an event in your school to raise awareness about climate change
Try hosting one of these events by getting a bunch of friends together:
• Bring empty garbage bags to your local beach or park to clean up garbage. • Plant trees in your backyard or in your local park. • Commit to eating no meat for one month, and gather monetary pledges from family, friends, and community members.
Change Your Diet
Do you know what foods are the most harmful to our environment?
Whether you’re interested in the sciences and engineering, or in business affairs, there are plenty of options to help the planet. Here are some options for a green career:
• Ocean scientist studying coral reefs • System engineer for environmental satellites • Recycling program educator • Renewable energy scientist • Farmers market manager • Home energy auditor • Water-wise landscaper
• Green building contractor
Play A Game
Games can be both fun and educational. Here are our favourites!