Decoding Carbon

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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.
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.
Suitable for grades 9 - 12, for more information download the curriculum connections below:
  • 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



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. 

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


Climate Justice in the Canadian Arctic

In this activity, through guided conversations learners will identify ways that climate change is affecting the livelihood of the Inuit in the Arctic. Through inquiry, learners will examine how climate change disproportionately affects Indigenous Peoples and identify ways of taking action to address how climate change disproportionately affects Indigenous Peoples.

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.

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”


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


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