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Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies

Resource Type

  • Scientific Papers or Reports

Regional Focus

Global, Asia, Europe



Achieving Low-Carbon and Equitable Lifestyle Change

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  • This brief report informs readers about how to decrease emissions through lifestyle changes, the importance of policymakers in advancing societal change, the connections between income levels and carbon footprints, and lessons learned from the lifestyle changes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The resource includes infographics to support comprehension.
Teaching Tips


  • The report is clear with easy-to-navigate sections.
  • It includes recent and relevant data and ideas.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should already have an understanding of greenhouse gas emissions and their impacts.


  • Students can explore the cited documents to read further on the ideas presented or to gather more data.
  • Students can use the article as a starting point to research emissions-reduction techniques that could be implemented in their own local, state, or federal government.
  • Students can write a letter to their local policymakers to encourage action to reduce emissions using information from the report to support their position.
Scientist Notes
There is no contradiction in the article. Resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • 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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.10 By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.10 By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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