Forests are and can be an important part of a lower-carbon future – but how does that work? Students experience the carbon cycle as a carbon atom, grounding their understanding of the flux of carbon between earth, air, water, and living things. Using data from Global Forest Watch, students investigate regional and global patterns of forest loss, gain, and carbon emissions to answer the questions: should we plant trees as a solution to climate change? Does location matter? How do we know?
- Explain a simple carbon cycle
- Describe global patterns of forest loss and gain.
- Understand that deforestation causes carbon dioxide emissions, and that growing forests remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
- Map reading
- Critical thinking