This course about carbon removal includes the following sections: introduction, planting trees, soil carbon sequestration, biochar, enhanced weathering, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, direct air capture, CO2 transport and storage, and a summary.
This course contains text, interactive questions, infographics, links to references, a video, and two sections at the end called "Solar Radiation Management" and "Final Quiz."
This course is very easy for students to navigate.
Students earn a certificate if they complete the course.
Students should have a basic understanding of climate change prior to beginning this course on undoing climate change.
Students will need a computer and Internet connection to use the interactive features.
Many would say that planting native trees and protecting existing forests is an easy task and a very sustainable solution, so make sure students aren't confused by the tree video.
Note that this course is primarily about technical solutions, not necessarily the most effective solutions to climate change, as these three resources (one, two, three) illustrate.
This course provides two levels of learning. Use the button in the top left of the page to toggle between "Simple" and "Advanced." The "Simple" setting is recommended for middle school students, while the "Advanced" setting is recommended for high school students.
Stronger students can spend time reading and exploring any of the links to actual scientific papers.
Students can proceed through this course at their own pace.
Cross-curricular connections can be made with economics and social studies classes when discussing the costs and potential side effects of various solutions on different countries or communities.
Biology classes could discuss some of the carbon sequestration solutions presented that may have negative health and ecological side effects.
Students can learn the various method of capturing and removing CO2 from the atmosphere using direct air capture, nature-based solutions, BECCS, etc. The method and technique is ideal, and this resource is recommended for teaching.
English Language Arts
Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
6-8.RST.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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.10 By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
ESS2: Earth's Systems
HS.ESS2.2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
HS.ESS3.4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
ETS1: Engineering Design
HS.ETS1.1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
HS.ETS1.3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.