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Think Big

Now that we see what our collective and personal impact is on the planet, let's think big!

What big and bold ideas do you have for reducing personal, community, country and even global carbon footprints?

Use this space to develop and discuss your big ideas! Who knows- maybe one of these ideas can be the next key solution to the global climate challenge!




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More learning in schools

Robynn.

Reducing our carbon footprint is something we need to do urgently. It is something every student should be passionate about. In order to do this, I think we must learn about the effect it has on our future. Maybe if professionals came into schools or a regular basis the message would get across.

Mimi47

Yes I agree that it is very important to discuss climate change in schools to be able to push for change. Especially since younger generations are the ones who are most likely going to be able to change the world. In order to do this we need to find new more engaging ways to educate people and students. I think this because I find that many people have heard of climate change and don’t want to again when it’s something that we can’t just ignore. I think having people like you said come into schools and start up projects that bring awareness about this issue would be more effective because, it lets students explore the topic in a different way while still being able to educate others.

makstomljenovic

i see where you are going a i think that also. we should be learning more about it because are parents don’t go to school we do so we can learn about it an teach are parents and they can start a change

pzoe (canada)

I also agree that we should implement more lectures about climate change-related issues (like the increasing amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere) in education systems worldwide. Like user Mimi47, I have also noticed that not everyone is the most knowledgeable about the topic of climate change. I myself did not know much about what climate change really is, what causes it, and how it affects everyone and everything on this planet until recently. Most people seem to have the basic idea and even false ideas (for some) of what climate change is. However, I think basic knowledge about this topic is not enough. Everyone should know that our individual actions are causing climate change to occur at a faster rate. We should all be educated about how we can help reduce the negative effects of our daily activities on the environment. Learning about how we can take action and actually execute it can lead to change for the better. I believe that we should all be aware of this issue to a certain degree. Educating the youth is a good place to start because we still have many years ahead of us to fix the wrongs of the generations prior to ours. We can also make a bigger impact by the influence of social media to spread more information about climate change.

2nfIII

i agree but i also think that it might be hard to schedule and hard for children of younger ages to understand

Sand James

Completely agree, the generation that is in school right now are going to be the ones to really make a change with the climate crisis, they are the ones that need to be educated at a very early age.

NiCkwe

I agree that it should be an important discussion in schools because one of the main reason we haven't acted already is the lack of education on this topic.

carolynrreid

I agree, the people that we are teaching now are the people who are the ones that will be able to make a change, and if we teach them how to make a change then we can help slow down climate change.

PHoldenGoldsmithCanada

I agree as well, there is a lack of education about climate change. I feel privileged to be able to learn about climate change but it should not be privilege it should be a right. Especially for the people that are going to grow up and have to find solutions to climate change like me. I think that teachers should also learn more about climate change if possible so that they do not need to invite specialists because even though that would be cool on occasion I think that climate change education should be incorporated on an every day basis. I also think that it should not be up to the students to have to do all the research for themselves. Of course if the students want to do research on their own that is great but the teachers ad parents should help them find reliable information.

harmony.c(canada)

i 100% agree with all of you. climate change is such an important issue and yet students are not getting enough education about it. with the lack of education, many students will continue doing certain actions without acknowledging that those actions are harmful and are one of the major reasons why our planet is suffering. students who wants to help fight climate change may not even know where to start as they never learned or discussed this topic at school. Its important for students in my generation to learn about climate change because in my opinion, we can make a huge improvement if we all have the same goal to improve our planet for the better.

CGoodison (Canada)

I agree with you, I believe it is really important to be educated about climate change. Like it's been said above I feel privileged to be learning about climate change and I feel everyone should get an opportunity to learn about it too. We share this planet with 7 billion other human beings and not only some of them should learning about this stuff. If we are going to work together to stop climate change everyone should be educated about what is happening and what they can do. Also like what is said above some people might not know what they are doing is negativly impacting the environment because of a lack of education.

Sasha Gibbs-Pearce (Canada)

Imagine what our current situation would be like if our parents or even their parents where taught about climate change in school. I feel one of the biggest reasons the problem we have seems so unsolvable is because we have been working up to it for so long. imagine having climate rallies and widespread clime change education in the 1930-1950's. Our current situation would be so different. I Think it would be an amazing idea to start implementing climate awareness into our education systems as soon as possible.

Q.Abc

Yes, climate change is something that we have to teach more in-depth about in schools. I did not know how bad climate change was until I was actually taught about it in school, which I am very thankful of. This topic needs to be talked about more, it is almost like people are treating climate change as if we aren't starting to face the consequences of our actions and disasters all over the world are not caused or influenced in the slightest by climate change. We need to start by educating children on this topic, no matter what age. This is not something that is going to fix itself and we all have a role to play in this issue.

Pdiddle

I believe that if we had been taught about environmental science/climate change during the previous generations, we would be at a much better spot right now. However, we didn't... so in order to make up for that, schools must emphasize the issue by teaching MULTIPLE classes. We should have not only have 1 class but many, so more students can join and learn about what they need to do. This is a serious issue, and more classes and resources to teach students and people about it will help.

Maddyyyyyyyy

I completely agree with this post because the carbon footprint, greenhouse gases, and all of the many crisis that are happening within our ecosystem affects all of us and our future. if we dont begin to spread the message now, both us and our future generations will be in great danger, along with many organisms and our earth.

izzyands

I agree with this. Us students are not always taught about Carbon Footprints, let alone ever hear about it. I am fifteen years old and in my freshman year of high school, I just now have found out about Carbon Footprints. I have never heard of them before and I view that as an issue. We should be taught and educated on this important topic because of the fact that our earth is potentially in danger. Learning and reflecting on this can help many, many students work on reducing our CF.

lopezm3954

I agree with the thought of having more discussions regarding climate change and how we can prevent it. However, I think this plan could be more effective if schools also were forced to use clean energy that wouldn’t pollute the air. An even more effective route could be requiring a certain amount of hours of community service done regarding climate change in order to graduate from high school. While these are more effective ways to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, it could anger people who are not interested in doing such tasks.

girlboss

So true, besties. Educating kids in advance at a young age would have a greater impact and lead to them taking more action as adults. It would especially help emphasize that climate change is a long-term problem that can’t be ignored, even if we want to. I also agree with @lopezm3954 that community service relating to climate change should be required; even if some students don’t like it, they’ll have helped at least once, and it might spur other kids to take further action on their own.

Julie Chao

Reducing carbon footprint is an urgent matter and something must be done to help reduce the damage that is already done. However, balancing 6 other subjects on top of this will be stressful on the kids.

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