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Social Studies, Civics

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Regional Focus


Most Europeans Plan to Curb Flying, Eat Less Meat for Climate, EU Poll Says

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  • This short article explains the findings of a 2020 poll in the European Union about actions people are taking to reduce their carbon emissions. 
  • The article also explains new policies and measures that the EU is considering to further reduce carbon emissions. 
Teaching Tips


  •  This article identifies the personal actions that individuals in the European Union are taking to address climate change.

Additional Prerequisites

  •  Students should have some knowledge about climate change.


  • Geography and social studies classes could discuss how and why it might be easier or harder for people in the European Union to cut down on air travel and/ or reduce their meat consumption than it would be for people in other parts of the world. Students could think about the kinds of transportation and food options that might be available to people in the European Union that are not available in other places and brainstorm reasons for why some people can make better environmental choices and others cannot.
  • Students could research current legislation in the United States or commitments made by the United States and other countries to address climate change and compare them to the European Union's commitments. 
  • Students could also use an online Footprint Calculator or reference the Environmental Impacts of Food Data Explorer to explore the impacts of their personal choices.
Scientist Notes

This resource explores measures set by some European citizens to cut down their carbon footprint by eating less meat and flying less. These are measures that can be replicated in other regions of the World to cut down carbon emission that induces global warming. The resource is valid, appropriate, and recommended for teaching.

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