Decoding Carbon

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Introduction

Decoding Carbon: A Climate Policy Quest explores how policy is used to build a low carbon future. Developed with support from Environment and Climate Change Canada, this program aims to empower youth to become informed and active citizens for tackling climate change.
RELEVANT TOPICS
Climate change, climate science, policy, market demand and supply, government intervention, climate policy planning, stakeholder engagement, climate modeling, climate policy options, sustainable development, climate justice, Canadian climate policy.
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PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Empower high school students to become informed and active citizens by developing their financial literacy, competencies, innovative mindsets and workplace skills
Equip educators in integrating climate change education across multiple subjects
Engage youth in demonstrating and applying their learning through creating their own policies and solutions for a low carbon future

TAKE THE DECODING CARBON CHALLENGE

We invite you to choose your own adventure for Decoding Carbon. Immerse yourself in a hands on learning of climate policy and propose your own climate policy for Canada. The grand prize for the winning class is $1,000, the second prize is $500 and the third prize is $250. 
The 2020-2021 challenge is now closed. Registration for the 2021-2022 challenge is open.

Program Activities

Below are program activities grouped by topics. Feel free to do any of the resources on their own, or, bundle them together to take action and register for the Decoding Carbon Challenge.

What is Climate Change and How Does it Shape Our World?

Introduction to Climate Change Policy

Canada’s Role in Climate Policy

Designing a Climate Policy I

Designing a Climate Policy II - Simulation

Spark Climate Conversations

We invite you to engage in our guided group conversations about climate change, its impacts on various communities and ways to move forward collectively. By holding these important conversations, we hope to find solutions for the difficult challenges posed by climate change. These activities are created by consulting with experts from various backgrounds, in particular professionals of Indigenous heritage.
TESTIMONIAL

Here’s what teachers are saying about
Decoding Carbon.

Yukon High School Teacher
Yukon Energy Solutions, North West Canada
“I see this module as another helpful tool for our Community Engagement activities that is very relevant to the Yukon Energy Solutions Centre (Government of Yukon - Energy Branch's) mandate.”
Ontario High School Teacher
“Inspire students to invoke change environmentally.”
British Columbia High School Teacher
“Integrate into environmental science 9 unit in science 9 and Big Idea 2 for Env. Sc. 12”

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to the wonderful advisors and teacher testers who contributed to this project:

Advisors

J.P. Jepp - President, Nexus Climate and Energy Solutions
Tim Kitchen - Assistant Principal, Crescent Heights High School Alberta
Dale Beugin - VP Research and Analysis, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
Catherine Abreu - Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada
Dr. Peter Robinson - Former CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation
Dianne Zimmerman - Manager Environment, City of Mississauga
Diana Suzuki - Environmental Outreach Supervisor, City of Mississauga
Mihskakwan James Harper - MSc. Renewable Energy

Teacher Testers

Stephanie C. Buchan - Crescent Heights High School Alberta
Ryan Thompson - Newmarket High School Ontario
Dayna Margetts - Kelowna Secondary School British Columbia