Implement practices to reduce personal carbon footprint.
DefinitionImplementation should include planning and initiating practices such as a recycling program, reduction of energy consumption, and change of consumer habits (in the classroom, school, home, or community).
- What immediate changes can you make in your daily life to reduce your personal carbon footprint?
- What other changes can you make to reduce your personal carbon footprint?
- How much CO2 is emitted by producing a cheeseburger?
- What will be the easiest change in personal carbon footprint reduction? The most difficult? The most invisible?
- How does a person’s carbon footprint change at different points during the year?
Related Standards of Learning
History and Social Science
The student will apply social science skills to understand the process by which public policy is made by
- defining public policy and determining how to differentiate public and private action;
- examining different perspectives on the role of government;
- describing how the national government influences the public agenda and shapes public policy by examining examples such as the Equal Rights Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 9524 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965;
- describing how the state and local governments influence the public agenda and shape public policy;
- investigating and evaluating the process by which policy is implemented by the bureaucracy at each level;
- analyzing how the incentives of individuals, interest groups, and the media influence public policy; and
- devising a course of action to address local and/or state issues.
The student will apply social science skills to understand the role of government in the Virginia and United States economies by
- describing the provision of government goods and services that are not readily produced by the market;
- describing government’s establishment and maintenance of the rules and institutions in which markets operate, including the establishment and enforcement of property rights, contracts, consumer rights, labor-management relations, environmental protection, and competition in the marketplace;
- investigating and describing the types and purposes of taxation that are used by local, state, and federal governments to pay for services provided by the government;
- analyzing how Congress can use fiscal policy to stabilize the economy;
- describing the effects of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy on price stability, employment, and the economy; and
- evaluating the trade-offs in government decisions.
The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by
- synthesizing evidence from artifacts and primary and secondary sources to obtain information about the world’s countries, cities, and environments;
- using geographic information to determine patterns and trends to understand world regions;
- creating, comparing, and interpreting maps, charts, graphs, and pictures to determine characteristics of world regions;
- evaluating sources for accuracy, credibility, bias, and propaganda;
- using maps and other visual images to compare and contrast historical, cultural, economic, and political perspectives;
- explaining indirect cause-and-effect relationships to understand geospatial connections;
- analyzing multiple connections across time and place;
- using a decision-making model to analyze and explain the incentives for and consequences of a specific choice made;
- identifying the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the ethical use of material or intellectual property; and
- investigating and researching to develop products orally and in writing.
The student will analyze how physical and ecological processes shape Earth’s surface by
- explaining regional climatic patterns and weather phenomena and their effects on people and places;
- describing how humans influence the environment and are influenced by it; and
- explaining how technology affects one's ability to modify the environment and adapt to it.
The student will apply the concept of a region by
- explaining how characteristics of regions have led to regional labels;
- describing how regional landscapes reflect the physical environment and the cultural characteristics of their inhabitants;
- analyzing how cultural characteristics, including the world’s major languages, ethnicities, and religions, link or divide regions;
- explaining how different cultures use maps and place names to reflect their regional perspectives; and
- developing and refining mental maps of world regions.
The student will apply social science skills to evaluate the significance of natural, human, and capital resources by
- comparing the distribution of major natural resources throughout world regions;
- showing the influence of resources on patterns of economic activity and land use; and
- evaluating perspectives regarding the use of resources.