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What’s the difference between climate and weather?

What’s the difference between climate and weather?

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What term is used to describe the environmental impact of burning fossil fuels and putting heat-trapping gasses into the air?

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The Industrial Revolution

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Climate change

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Deforestation

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The answer is climate change.

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What term is used to describe the environmental impact of burning fossil fuels and putting heat-trapping gasses into the air?

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We know that climate change is causing sea levels to rise and accelerating ice melt. What else is happening because of climate change?

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Changes to daylight savings time

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Growing mountain glaciers

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Shifts in flower and plant blooming times

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Fewer extreme weather events

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Climate change causes plant and flower blooming times to shift. It also causes mountain glaciers to shrink, and more extreme weather events.

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We know that climate change is causing sea levels to rise and accelerating ice melt. What else is happening because of climate change?

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What is a carbon footprint?

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The carbon dioxide that exists in the Earth’s atmosphere

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The amount of greenhouse gases that are generated by our actions

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Sneakers made from carbon fibres

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A carbon footprint refers to the amount of greenhouse gases that are generated by our actions.

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What is a carbon footprint?

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What abbreviation is used to group greenhouse gases together and express them as a single number?

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CO2

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CO2e

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CH4

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CO2e is shorthand for "Carbon dioxide equivalent". It groups the different greenhouse gases as one unit, and represents the amount of CO2 would have the equivalent global warming impact.

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What abbreviation is used to group greenhouse gases together and express them as a single number?

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What’s the annual carbon footprint (measured in tCO2e) of the average Canadian?

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8.5 tCO2e

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9.7 tCO2e

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14.2 tCO2e

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The average carbon footprint per person in Canada is 14.2 tonnes of CO2e. In Finland, it's 8.5 tCO2e, and in the UK it's 9.7 tCO2e.

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What’s the annual carbon footprint (measured in tCO2e) of the average Canadian?

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192 Parties have joined the Paris Agreement since it was adopted at COP21 in 2015. What’s the main goal of this international treaty?

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Impose sanctions on countries with the highest carbon emissions

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Limit global warming to well below 2, preferably 1.5 degrees Celsius

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The Paris Agreement aims to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.

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192 Parties have joined the Paris Agreement since it was adopted at COP21 in 2015. What’s the main goal of this international treaty?

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What is carbon offsetting?

What is carbon offsetting?

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What does the term “carbon neutral” mean?

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It's a person who is indifferent to the impact of climate change

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When carbon emitted is balanced by an equivalent amount being removed from the atmosphere

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Carbon neutral means balancing emissions created by an equivalent amount being removed from the atmosphere.

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What does the term “carbon neutral” mean?

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What does “climate positive” mean?

What does “climate positive” mean?

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Which is NOT an example of a carbon offset projects?

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Planting trees to sequester carbon

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Driving an electric car

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Installing wind turbines to generate renewable energy

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Sustainable forest management and timber harvesting practices

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Driving an electric car is not an example of a carbon offset project (but it is an activity that can reduce your transportation carbon footprint!).

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Which is NOT an example of a carbon offset projects?

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Globally, only 9% of plastic is recycled. The rest goes to landfill, is incinerated, or is mismanaged/uncollected. What percent of plastic is recycled in Canada?

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6%

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9%

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12%

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Only 6% of plastic is recycled in Canada.

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Globally, only 9% of plastic is recycled. The rest goes to landfill, is incinerated, or is mismanaged/uncollected. What percent of plastic is recycled in Canada?

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Your goal is to cook a meal that has a low carbon footprint. What’s on the menu?

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Beef burgers with cheese and bacon, served with a side of potatoes

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A tofu stir-fry served with locally grown, seasonal vegetables

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Farm-raised salmon with rice and steamed vegetables

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Vegetarian or vegan options like tofu have a lower carbon footprint than meat or fish products, and locally-sourced, seasonal vegetables will have lower emissions than food that has been imported from abroad.

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Your goal is to cook a meal that has a low carbon footprint. What’s on the menu?

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Every year, the average Canadian household throws away 140 kilograms of food that could have been eaten. Per year, how much money does the average Canadian household spend on food that gets thrown away?

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$380

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$870

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$1,100

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The average Canadian household throws away 140 kilograms, or $1,100 worth of food, every year.

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Every year, the average Canadian household throws away 140 kilograms of food that could have been eaten. Per year, how much money does the average Canadian household spend on food that gets thrown away?