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Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics, Geography

Resource Type

  • Scientific Papers or Reports

Regional Focus




Achieving Low-Carbon and Equitable Lifestyle Change

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  • This report informs readers about decreasing emissions through lifestyle change.
  • Students will read about the importance of policymakers in achieving societal change, connections between income and carbon footprint, and lessons learned from lifestyle changes due to COVID-19.
  • The resource includes research from other countries about how they have successfully reduced emissions at social levels.
Teaching Tips


  • The report is clear with easy-to-navigate sections.
  • It includes recent and relevant data and ideas.
  • interesting connections are drawn between reducing emissions and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should already have an understanding of CO2 emissions and their impacts.


  • Students can explore the cited documents to read further on ideas and data.
  • Students can use the article as a starting point to research emissions-reduction techniques that could be implemented in their own local, state, or federal government.
  • Students can write a letter to their local policymakers to encourage action to reduce emissions using information from the report to support their position.
Scientist Notes
There is no contradiction in the article. Resource is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • 9-10.RST.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
      • 9-10.RST.10 By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
      • 11-12.RST.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
      • 11-12.RST.10 By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • Social Sciences
    • Social Science Analysis (K-12)
      • HS.75 Evaluate options for individual and collective actions to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
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