The Urgent Need For Understanding and Implementing Sustainability
Through the following activities obtained from http://www.yousustain.com/ website you will learn the following:
1) Read the definition of sustainability (under "How To Become More Sustainable)
a) A perspective based on CO2 emissions (carbon footprint)
b) What are the big contributors to these emissions
2) The top 10 easy ideas to reduce these emissions
3) Play a fun quiz game that will inform, increase, and test your knowledge of various activities that contribute to our emissions, "Are you a sustainability Guru?
4) Promote class participation by asking them the answers to the following questions which are contained in the quiz:
a) What is the average fuel economy of the average new vehicle sold in North America? Ans. 20 mpg.
b) What power source is being used increasingly by individuals in poor or war-torn, countries that do not have a reliable central electrical grid. Ans. Solar
c) Which wood is generally considered most sustainable? Ans. Bamboo
d) How long would it take a Styrofoam cup to biodegrade? Ans. Never
e) How much world grain is used to feed livestock? Ans. 40%
f) What is the best way to dispose of organic waste from your home? Ans. Composting which can reduce landfill waste by 33 to 50%
g) Compact fluorescent light bulbs typically use 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs. The one downside is they contain a small amount of which harmful chemical? Ans. Mercury, which should be recycled properly?
h) What is the fastest growing form of renewable energy. Ans. Wind, which presently only accounts for 0.05% of global energy
I) Which type of animal farming requires the highest input of energy input for the amount of protein produced? Ans. Beef, 54/1
J) How many liters of water are required to produce one liter of bottled water? Ans. three liters
5) Join and collaborate with other members through the sustainability challenge in reducing our environmental impact
Prepares students to build effective coalitions
Engages students in civil discourse/ communications that lead to more effective decisions
It advances students' literacy around sustainability issues.
Encourage self-reflection and personal development of their voice for solving societal challenges
Promote creative visioning around sustainable futures