Lesson 2.2 Taking Stock



When it comes to opportunities to combat climate change, why not start at home? Not only do homes tend to be responsible for a large proportion of GHG emissions, but most people tend to spend a significant amount of time there. It makes sense to go green at home. By the end of this lesson, you will be able to: * Understand how household and daily consumption decisions can impact the environment. * Identify eco-friendly alternatives to environmentally destructive actions Process 1. In groups, develop a list of questions to conduct and environmental audit for each of the following parts of the household: * Kitchen * Living room or study * Bedroom * Bathroom * Garage 2. You can develop a list of audit questions by considering the following consumption categories: * Electricity * Heating, cooling & lighting * Appliances and furniture * Cleaning supplies * Stationary and office supplies * Water * Food * Waste 3. Use your audit questions to determine which household features and activities should be modified in order to minimise impacts on climate change. 4. You can use a similar process to conduct an eco-audit, in addition to, or as an alternative to, the energy audit. Extension Write a post in the student blogs to identify at least one action that can reduce your personal ecological footprint.

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