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Apr

2015

The Carbon Game

Educating children about carbon emissions, conservation and mitigation.

Community Friends offers a school program in Asia, Africa and North America to teach children about carbon dioxide concentrations in our atmosphere and ways they can help through conservation, mitigation and education. The Carbon Game is an engaging way for students to learn more about climate change and the important task of measuring carbon emissions.

Students learn about renewable energy using
donated solar cells from Choice Solar.

How:

The game takes place in the classroom or a school’s green/eco club. It includes these steps:

1. Understanding carbon concentrations in the atmosphere using data from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

2. Students count their households’ car miles, air miles, natural gas and electricity bill for one period. At the end of the period, the entire classroom’s carbon footprint is totaled in pounds of CO2.

3. Understanding the methods to lower carbon concentrations: conservation, renewable energy, and carbon mitigation. Small demonstration solar panels can be donated to classrooms.

4. Students pledge to educate 5 people outside of their household. Students can also set a goal to help mitigate the classroom’s carbon footprint through carbon offsets.

Over time as the game gathers data from classrooms around the world. This data can be shared and graphed for comparison as part of the game. Two classes from different schools in different countries can do the game together.

We educate students with
classroom presentations.

Why:

We believe that educating the next generation about CO2 concentrations, conservation and mitigation is one of the greatest impacts we can have in our work. The success of the program inspired Community Friends to partner with other educators and develop a model that is now offered internationally. More than 2,000 students have participated in our presentations in four countries.

Students use balloons to
visualize one pound of CO2

Fundraising Goal:

We are hoping to raise $15,000 to cover the costs of our program work for the 2015/2016 school year. All donations are tax deductible.

Please donate and help us reach our goal. Please share with others. Thanks!