Science 3: How to Reduce My Carbon Footprint

We were thinking you could just wear smaller shoes, but that might get uncomfortable. Maybe you should try some of the things in the video instead.

3rd GradeScience
Elementary and Middle School3rd Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

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And just like a regular footprint, a carbon footprint can tell you a lot about a person, too!

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And in the case of the carbon footprint, the smaller, the better. [A small car next to a big truck]

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Seriously, you should always strive to be the tip-toe-y ballerina of the carbon footprint world. [Ballerina dancing]

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In case you're a bit confused, we're not talking about an actual footprint here. [Girl looking puzzled]

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A carbon footprint is a way for each individual to measure how much greenhouse gas they make. [Smoke coming from factories]

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The bigger the footprint, the more you're contributing to global warming.

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So if you fly a private jet to school every day, then your carbon footprint is going to [Jet landing at school]

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be huge.

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Also, you'll probably really freak out the other people at school… [Other people running away]

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But even if you aren't flying high every day of the week, there's probably still a few

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ways you could reduce your carbon footprint, and help the Earth cool off a bit… [The Earth sweating next to the Sun]

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And no, none of them include giant water balloon fights. [Kid holding a water balloon]

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Sorry.

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So what do we have in mind?

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Well, instead of driving to school each day, you could ride a bike, take public transportation,

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walk, or even car pool. [Different methods of transport shown]

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Or, you could bring reusable bags to the store with you instead of using store supplied plastic bags. [Plastic bag with a cross over it]

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And instead of buying plastic water bottles, get a reusable one!

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And bonus: you can get some pretty cool designs on reusable bottles…nothing like a happy

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lil' turtle to encourage you to save the planet! [Bottle with a turtle on it]

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Hm, okay…what else, what else…

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Oh!

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If you're not using an electronic like a TV or computer, turn it off – and even unplug it. [Guy switching his TV off]

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Little known fact: most TVs still use electricity, even when they're off! [Guy holding the plug]

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You could also replace all the light-bulbs in your house with more energy-efficient ones

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– they'll last longer anyway. [Pictures of light bulbs]

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And if the weather is nice, why not skip the dryer and use the warm rays of the sun to

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dry your clothing? [Lots of clothes hung up]

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And speaking of seasons, it's much more eco-friendly to put on an extra sweater in the winter,

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rather than crank up the furnace. [Guy puts on his Christmas jumper]

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And in the summer, try and keep the air-conditioning to a minimum – may we suggest a giant water

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balloon fight?

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Ooh, speaking of water balloons, who do you think would win in this situation? [Kid with a lot of balloons]

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Someone with 20 water balloons, or someone with two thousand?

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Yup, our money's on the two thousand kid, too.

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Good thing they bought in bulk!

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And good for the planet, too––there's less packaging that way and it's usually cheaper.

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And always remember three R's.

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Red, Rabid, Rectangles—wait, never mind, those are from the geometry-themed horror [Scary looking rectangle]

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novel we're writing…sorry…

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We meant reduce, reuse and recycle!

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If everyone kept those R's in mind, the world would be a much better place. [Sunny field]

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…The recycling ones, not the evil rectangles. [Man being chased by the rectangle]

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Just to clarify.

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We know it sounds like a lot of work to reduce your carbon footprint, but it's really easy

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once you get used to it.

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Way easier than convincing a publisher to buy a book about evil rectangles. [Publisher looking unimpressed]