Justify the choices of conserving energy. PART A: Footprint Carbon Footprint: The carbon emissions from the fossil fuel energy used to power our activities or make the products we consume. Go to: whatismycarbonfootprint.com/sg What is your carbon footprint? ________ 1. How does your carbon footprint compare to the world average and sustainable average? 2. What changes can you make that would most effectively reduce your carbon footprint? PART B: Privilege 1. What are your thoughts on carbon inequality and climate change? How can we, as the richest in the world, do better? PART C: HOME The most effective ways to use less energy / reduce carbon emissions at home: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Use fan instead of air con. Turn water heater off except before needed, or take cold showers. Use LED lights and turn them off when out of room. Choose energy efficient appliances and turn them off when not needed. Choose to live in smaller homes (the less space you use, the less energy) Switch your electricity provider to one that is carbon neutral. Here is a list in Singapore. 1. Are there any changes you can encourage your family to do at home to reduce energy? How would you get your family to make the changes like switching to a carbon neutral provider? PART D: Carbon Positive One of our school’s sustainable living habits is Carbon Positive. This means everyone in the world should take steps to have their life remove carbon from the air. This is mostly done through carbon offsetting and planting projects. For example, if your carbon footprint above is 10 tonnes, then you could offset more than 10 tonnes to become carbon positive. On the Bintan Excursion, CIS students plant mangroves. As mangroves grow, they take in carbon dioxide during photosynthesis. Thus growing plants and leaving them to grow is carbon positive. Bintan is also an excursion by sea, so there is no flight footprint. 1. Are you willing to take steps to make your life carbon positive? What would you need to do and what would you need to learn about? PART E: Advocacy The United Nations has set 17 Sustainable Development Goals for our civilisation to work together to achieving by 2030. Some of those goals are: To make this happen, everyone needs to advocate for change to replace fossil fuels as an energy source. 1 Making an impact in whatever career you are choosing. Al Gore Used his career in politics to create new environmental protection laws and help spread international awareness of climate change. Dr Sandhya Sriram and Dr Ka Yi Ling Began a clean meat start-up to develop technology to make meat production less carbon intensive. Unsung heroes in Banking / Finance Banks like Standard Chartered and OCBC have stopped funding coal plants in Asia. This is due to those working in those banks advocating for change in company policy, in addition to their customers advocating for change. Unsung heroes in Oil Industry Barney Swan Many environmentalists have joined the top fossil fuel companies to drive change from within the company. Some investors have bought large amounts of stock in oil companies so that they have a voice to influence the company’s management. Started a charity called Climate Force to remove carbon from the air. 2 Donate money or expertise to effective charities advocating for change. For example, if you become a lawyer, donating certain numbers of your legal expertise to an environmental charity will be beneficial. If you are an artist, creating art to fundraise for the charity will be beneficial. Some choose careers where they make the most money so they can donate more to charity. Read more about earning to give here. 3 Vote for political parties with strong climate action plans. 1. Do you think you have an obligation to help solve the climate crisis? Why or why not? 2. What way(s) do you think you can make the most positive impact?