- What day-to-day activities do you think produces carbon?
- Why do you think carbon is bad for the planet, and is it being tracked?
- Why is it important to track our carbon footprint?
- To start off, your group will identify why and discuss the importance of carbon footprints, and carbon tracking.
- Using the link provided, have someone read through the questions asked in the Footprint Calculator.
- Every time you have a carbon-heavy answer (see materials list), collect a ball from the centre of the circle. The more balls means the more carbon being produced/created in your day-to-day life.
- At the end, count how many balls you have collected, and come up with an idea about how your can reduce this number.
- What parts of this activity surprised you? Were you expecting all these parts to contribute to carbon?
- Which part of your life (food, travel, housing) do you think would have the biggest impact on your footprint if you were to make it more sustainable?
- Did you enjoy the activity? How did it feel to have to go collect the balls from the centre?
Remember to submit your activities on our Scouts for Sustainability Take Action Map
Collect a ball or bean bag for the following answers (based on https://www.footprintcalculator.org/) – some questions do not apply to youth, so an average answer can be used. Do not collect a ball.
- How often do you eat animal-based projects: often or very often?
- How much of the food that you eat is unprocessed, unpackaged or locally grown: less than 25%?
- Which housing type best describes your home: freestanding with running water, luxury condo?
- Do you have electricity: yes?
- How energy efficient – hardly, average?
- What percentage of your home’s electricity comes from renewable resources: less than 20%?
- Compared to your neighbours, how much trash do you generate: more, much more?
- How far do you travel each week: more than 200km by car, 25km by motorcycle?
- How many hours do you fly each year: more than 10?
Keep it Simple
If you do not have time for the full activity, talk about what a carbon footprint is and then calculate your own footprint when you get home.
Take it Further
Complete the full test, with details, and then create a plan for reducing your impact. How many Earths are required to meet your current needs? Your needs should be less than one Earth to avoid a negative impact, but this is very uncommon.