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Author

David Suzuki Foundation

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Climate Action

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

Global

Why I’m Giving Up Air Travel

Synopsis
  • In this op-ed article, climate change and transportation policy analyst Gideon Forman explains his decision to reduce his carbon footprint by not flying in airplanes except in cases of family emergencies.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The article provides a link to more information about the impacts of flying on climate change.
  • Gideon Forman describes his reasoning for choosing not to fly, providing an opportunity for students to empathize with him and/or discuss his choice.

Additional Prerequisites

  •  Students should have a basic understanding of what causes global warming and climate change.

Differentiation

  • This resource provides an excellent opportunity to connect the topic of climate change with ethics and global citizenship.  
  • This article gives students the chance to activate prior learning about the sources of greenhouse gas pollution.
  • Students can discuss the author's choice to stop flying for non-essential travel and write their own opinion articles on whether people should fly for non-essential reasons or not.
Scientist Notes
This article is appropriate and recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions
      • D4.4.9-12 Critique the use of claims and evidence in arguments for credibility.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
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