This lesson features a comparison of different travel options from New York City to six other cities. Students compare walking, biking, driving, taking the bus, riding the train, and flying. Students conduct research and calculate the CO2e for each travel option.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch short video on the climate crisis. In groups, students explore and discuss emissions from the transportation sector.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students are assigned one route between New York City and another city in the Northeast. Students calculate miles, cost, time, and CO2e for each travel option for their route.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students participate in a group discussion about the results and explore different ways to decarbonize our transportation system.
Accompanying Teaching Materials
Teacher assigns each group to a specific route. Each route begins in New York City and ends in a specific destination.
This is a fun, imaginative, engaging lesson.
Transportation is the largest sector of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. We must decarbonize our transportation systems immediately to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
Students can use the glossary on slide 14 to better understand vocabulary.
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