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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.
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